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Colombia clothing sees boon from rising demand

Colombia’s textile and apparel industry is expected to grow 13% to over $11bn this year – more than double last year's rate – driven by stro...

Colombia faces challenges in fashion export drive

Colombian textile and apparel firms are striving to boost their fast-fashion and value-added capabilities as a soaring dollar fuels US deman...

Colombia calls for more FTAs and export financing

Colombia needs a free-trade deal with Brazil, to fix a US cumulation dispute, and boost financing for export-hungry enterprises, if it is to...

Argentina needs $600m to modernise manufacturing

Argentina's textile and apparel industry is facing a flat 2015 amid falling consumption, exports and profits – but the new boss of industry...

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Diesel's co-founder works to beat the denim blues 3 Oct 2014

Ivan Castano Freeman

Adriano Goldschmied, Diesel's co-founder, is working to promote a new stretch fabric he hopes will turn around the fortunes of the $50bn denim industry.

Colombia eyes new markets amid Venezuela row 13 Jul 2010

Ivan Castano Freeman

These days, Colombian textile producers are engaged in much soul searching. Everyone is in a scramble to find new markets after exports to Venezuela, its number one market, have plunged.

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Riachuelo cuts China sourcing to buck recession 15 Feb 2017

Ivan Castano Freeman

Lojas Riachuelo, Brazil's largest apparel department store chain, has achieved huge savings from gradually reducing its Chinese sourcing to 25% from 40% and investing BRL200m (US$64m) in a new distribution centre.

Telares Maracai eyes jeans venture with Grupo M 14 Feb 2017

Ivan Castano Freeman

Venezuela's Telares Maracai and Dominican Republic's Grupo M are eyeing a joint venture to produce denim and jeanswear for the latter's US clients.

Argentina regulates textile and footwear imports 8 Feb 2017

Michelle Russell

Argentina has issued new regulations for the import of textile and footwear products that requires exporters to state the composition of fibres or materials contained in the product.

EU sets quotas for duty-free imports from Ecuador 1 Feb 2017

Leonie Barrie

The European Commission has set out quotas for duty-free imports on certain products – including clothing items – from Ecuador under a free trade agreement that will provisionally apply from the beginning of the year.

C&A partners on sustainable fashion project 16 Dec 2016

Michelle Russell

Value retailer C&A has joined forces with Brazilian sustainable fashion project Malha to find new ways to produce and consume fashion more sustainably and collaboratively.

Chile and Swaziland ratify WTO trade deal 23 Nov 2016

Michelle Russell

Chile and Swaziland have become the latest countries to ratify the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in yet another sign of support for the landmark global deal.  

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