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Peru to boost backward linkages focusing on alpaca

The Peruvian government has created a textile and clothing industry roundtable group charged with forging domestic backward linkages, with a...

Peru apparel makers bet on alpaca to grow exports

Peruvian clothing manufacturers are betting on a local fibre with international renown to grow exports: Alpaca....

Latin America makers eye blockchain & Industry 4.0

Latin American apparel makers and retailers are eyeing blockchain technologies and delving into Industry 4.0 manufacturing to tackle rising...

Venezuela turmoil strangles apparel production

As political chaos continues to engulf crisis-stricken Venezuela, the country's textile and apparel industry is on the verge of collapse – w...

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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 as Venezuela row continues 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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Brazil’s Santista developing Covid-free denim treatment 17 Jul 2020

Ivan Castano Freeman

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.


Brazil sees jump in share of China’s cotton import market 2 Jul 2020

Michelle Russell

Brazil has been the prime beneficiary of the US’s losses in China, as the South American country saw its share of the Chinese cotton import market jump by 170% in 2018/19, new data shows.


Fashion brands cut ties with Peru alpaca wool 5 Jun 2020

Leonie Barrie

Fashion retailers including Esprit, Gap Inc and H&M Group are said to have cut ties with a leading alpaca farmer and fibre exporter in Peru following an undercover investigation by animal rights group PETA US.


Peru scrambles to save 140,000 textile jobs amid virus fallout 15 Apr 2020

Ivan Castano Freeman

Peru's textile and apparel industry is scrambling to save hundreds of thousands of jobs as the coronavirus lockdown, newly extended until 26 April, wreaks havoc in the industry.


Colombia eyes US export boost as virus shuffles supply chains   13 Mar 2020

Ivan Castano Freeman

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.


Nike brand shifts South America business to distributors 7 Feb 2020

Beth Wright

Nike is shifting its Nike Brand business in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay to strategic distributor partnerships, with its operations in these countries moving to key South American partners. 

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