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Ivan Castano Freeman

Ivan Castano FreemanBiography

Ivan Castano Freeman reports on the fashion, textiles, apparel and luxury industries in Mexico and Latin America. In this role he has written about national and regional garment and textile export industries, labour issues, trade trends and trade shows.

Articles by Ivan Castano Freeman

Operators across Central America have been left in limbo as governments take measures to contain the virusCentral America factories shutter as virus dents demand 26 March 2020

Mexican and Central American garment factories are shutting down as regional governments respond to the coronavirus outbreak and US demand slumps as retailers face widespread shutdowns to contain the global health emergency.


Kingpins Amsterdam is replacing its April event with an online version called Kingpins24Covid-19 boosts demand for virtual sourcing shows 24 March 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is encouraging textile trade shows to consider virtual and other digital alternatives as it forces the cancellation of myriad events around the world.


US apparel imports from Colombia slipped 1.5% to $229.7m in 2019Colombia eyes US export boost as virus shuffles supply chains   13 March 2020

Colombia's textiles and apparel industry is hoping its exports to the US will rise this year as brands rush to find sourcing alternatives away from China amid the fast-spreading coronavirus.


Guatemala has acknowledged its apparel shipments face delaysCoronavirus pressures Central America garment exports 9 March 2020

The growing coronavirus epidemic continues to cast a shadow on Central America's garment export and deliveries, with Nicaragua now forecasting a full-year export decline and Guatemala also acknowledging its apparel shipments face delays.


China and Asia supply 40% of the yarn and yarn thread used to make clothes in Central AmericaCentral America makers face delays due to coronavirus 28 February 2020

Central American garment suppliers are fretting over delays of up to a month in essential Chinese fabric supplies as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.


The apparel industry accounts for the bulk of exports from HondurasGrupo Kattan mulls $70m wovens facility in Honduras 25 February 2020

Manufacturing giant Grupo Kattan is seeking a venture partner to help build a $70m woven fabric plant in Honduras, the company’s president and owner, Jacobo Kattan, has told just-style.


Consumers increasingly want to know where and how their clothes are madeFashion Transparency Index to launch in Mexico 14 February 2020

Mexico is launching Latin America's second Fashion Transparency Index to encourage brands and retailers to report how their businesses impact workers and the environment.


Mexico's textile and apparel shipments could grow 5% to around $4bn in 2020Mexican denim seen as big winner in USMCA trade pact 28 January 2020

The freshly-inked US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) or NAFTA 2.0 will strongly benefit Mexican denim and jeans makers, with overall exports potentially jumping 10% this year, executives say. 


Honduras continues to pin its hopes on clothing industry growthHonduras eyes 10% apparel export hike on US orders 21 January 2020

The apparel industry in Honduras is betting that US demand for its key T-shirt and underwear products will rise this year, boosting exports by 10% to $2.9bn and mirroring a similar performance in 2019.


xStartex bucks trade war with high apparel growth hopes 3 January 2020

Startex, a fast-growing Guatemalan full-package apparel maker, has skirted some of the headwinds that the US-China trade war have brought to Central America, with expectations of huge growth this year, its president tells just-style.


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