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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.

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Retail sales were down 83.9% in April, 62.3% in May and 24.3% in June,Pandemic could shrink US apparel sales by 50% in 2020 5 August 2020

US textiles and apparel sales could shrink by more than 50% this year due to US textiles and apparel sales could shrink by more than 50% this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, top executives say, but fabric makers are set to fare better than retailers amid a booming personal protective equipment (PPE) shift. 

Research is ramping up around the world to provide textiles with antiviral and antibacterial propertiesBrazil’s Santista developing Covid-free denim treatment 17 July 2020

Brazilian textile major Santista Textil is set to launch a new fabric treatment that protects workwear, denim and other apparel from SARS-CoV-2, the strain that causes the novel coronavirus – and sees it as a potential game-changer for its business.

Elcatex is one of the leading businesses in the textile sector in HondurasElcatex secures $100m loan to bolster Honduras production 16 July 2020

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has loaned US$96m to Honduran textiles and apparel manufacturer Grupo Elcatex to help it bolster production and exports.

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) swung into effect on 1 July 2020Mexico makers relish better times as USMCA kicks in 2 July 2020

Yesterday (1 July) should have been a day to celebrate in Mexico as its newly revamped trade deal with the US and Canada – the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – swung into effect. But instead of hosting a fiesta over the extension of a pact to export textiles and apparel duty-free to the world's biggest market, the Aztec nation is counting its losses amid tumbling shipments to its key northern neighbour.

El Salvador recently began opening its economy after severe lockdowns imposed by President Nayib BukeleEl Salvador eyes 25,000 apparel job losses as exports falter 29 June 2020

El Salvador lost 20,000 apparel industry jobs this year and could lose another 5,000 as production plummets 35% due to Covid-19.

Recent research suggests China is set to overtake the US as the largest apparel market by 2023China or India eyed for next Fashion Transparency Index 22 June 2020

Fashion Revolution, which monitors and ranks 250 clothing brands based on their labour and environmental behaviour, could launch its next Transparency Index in India or China, just-style has learned.

Latin America could be the next epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemicGuatemala garment workers on the frontline of the pandemic 4 June 2020

Reports of a Covid-19 outbreak in a Guatemalan garment factory last week have sent shockwaves across the region, fuelling calls for tougher action to ensure garment workers are provided with sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE).

C&A will anchor Mexico's first Fashion Transparency Index 2020Levi's and C&A to anchor Mexico Fashion Transparency Index 27 May 2020

Mexico's fledgling Fashion Transparency Index has picked C&A and Levi Strauss as the international brands that will anchor its sustainability survey set to launch in December.

At least seven Guatemalan plants are set to shutter this week amid a sharp decline in ordersGuatemala's Startex says demand spike will now keep it open – Update 22 May 2020

Sportswear and knitwear manufacturer Startex is to close for up to two months as US clients owe it $10m in unpaid orders and new restrictions to contain surging Covid-19 cases hamper workers' ability to reach its 1,400-strong site in Guatemala City. 

Apparel workers are vulnerable to illegal wages and exploitation. Photo credit: Solidarity Center/Shawna Bader-BlauCovid-19 set to reshuffle fashion’s sustainability focus 21 May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is seen as triggering a set-back for labour rights in apparel supply chains, with workers left vulnerable as brands and retailers cancelled orders. But it could also lead to re-thinking on the sustainability front, industry executives say.

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