Entrepreneur or Intrapreneur


Entrepreneur or Intrapreneur

Entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs know how to identify opportunities, quantify risks and start working to make their ideas grow up immediately in a creative and innovative way, except that one does it in an external environment, while the second one under an organization’s umbrella.

When we talk about starting something new, we usually think of starting a business of their own; however, during the last years, entrepreneurship has given a new concept for those persons willing to start new things on their own employment, which are the intrapreneurs.

“Entrepreneurs are always willing to take risks, once they have found a business opportunity, with financial intelligence, organizing the resources they have in hand to make it happen, and assuming potential risks they will have to overcome, that is how they are able to become successful”, thinks Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

An intrapreneur is similar to an entrepreneur, except that he does not want to leave his organization, but is still able to identify new business opportunities that will allow a company to innovate its processes or products, making the business grow up, they are completely valuable for a company.

For an entrepreneur, their success will be remunerated with more earnings and a growing business, for an intrapreneur, their main reward is their achievements, having a successful vision within a company and the recognition of that organization they work for.

Knowledge is the main tool for both, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs, so they are willing to learn, listening to experiences, read, and everything that will help them have a successful mind, prepared for business.

“Any person who is responsible to transform an idea into a finished product that is economically viable, take risks and innovate is a great intrapreneur and is capable to make a company grow up, create more profits and get new customers, these persons are essential to make a business succeed”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Tips to be perfect on a rainy day

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Tips to be perfect on a rainy day, fashionist review

Every woman suffers when having a rainy day, especially when it rains without a single signed from the sky. We can start by reviewing some cities of the world where it is impossible to avoid the rainy days, during the whole year! London, has adopted the rainproof look as an identity of the Londoners.

The worst on spring is to have wet feet after going out from home in your new shoes and there’s a strong rain in the afternoon after you’re out from work. The solution is not to take out of your closet all the boots at the beginning of the spring season. You can choose a total rainproof look by using combined willies with a flower dress, or an ankle boots with jeans or short skirt. Avoid boyfriend or flare jeans and go for a cropped model, this is a perfect rainproof jean.

Smokey eye makeup is not a good idea for rainy days, especially if the rain is so strong as you might end up looking like a raccoon when getting into the office. Try natural looks and waterproof makeup; also don’t forget an antifreeze product for your hair. The perfect look for your hair will be a high bun.

Great waterproof clothing is a trench coat, created at the beginning for military purposes in a very resistant fiber because of the need to cover a person from the neck to the feet. Well, this coat is no longer a battle coat but it is a must on rainy days as it can protect 80% of your outfit. Another thing is that they are very light and easy to take.

The president of Grupo Denim, Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, explained that nowadays the weather is unpredictable; therefore, more customers are demanding developments in water resistant fabrics or similar fibers. “We innovate on new styles as our customers’ demand, we live to serve”, expressed Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.


Textiles for Spring/Summer 2016


Textiles for Spring/Summer 2016

The Spring/Summer seasons for 2016 are betting for bright textiles that will fill out the world of color, texture and vibrant applications that will fill out the air with energy and lots of personality.

“Spring and Summer are a great epoch of the year to dress on colorful outfits, taking out of the wardrobe those garments that will make you feel comfortable on hot days and fresh”, thinks Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

The tones of textiles for Spring and Summer 2016 will appear from subtle and romantic ones, such as nude, pale pink, camel, natural and choral to the stronger shades such as yellow, orange, blue, green and turquoise. Designers are finding the perfect balance between both color gamuts in order to create garments that include both colors instead of making them compete.

This Spring/Summer seasons we will see sophisticated textiles that will invite us to wear them in a bright and imperious way, some of these designs include animal print, openwork fabrics and classic textures reappearing again, such as patchwork and seafaring.

Trends are also guiding us to ethnic canvas, floral and bicolor tones that will convert these types of clothes in basic ones for this season.

The retro style is coming bight and this time it is bringing details inspiring a little bit of longing for those wonderful years.

Spring and Summer for 2016 will be great to reinvent textile applications, bright colors and retro prints that will invite the lovers to embrace these new fashion designs.

“The perfect benefit of design and style can only be obtained when the designers find a way to make completely different textiles match between them, that is when new combinations are found and the fashion lovers see the magic of new styles each new season”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, about this topic.

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Investing in a startup company


Investing in a startup company is now easier

It is clear that the future of the worldwide economy will be mainly pushed by the technological innovation. Over the last years, an innovated group of companies have emerged having as their principal function to solve problems by using the technology; these companies are called “startups”.

Having the technology as an advantage, these companies have such a great capacity of scalability, meaning that they could grow a lot without so many resources needed, which generates very attractive performance for their investors; however, it is also clear that these are high risk investments.

Did you know that if you had invested 1,000 pesos in Google back in 1998, you would have 42 million dollars by 2010?

Until a few years ago, investing in a startup could be a difficult task, only for millionaires or investment funds; however, by using Play Business we all could invest in a startup in a simple way by being part of the crowdfunding, which enables to invest 100 pesos per month to start in a company that we could think it is attractive and become a “player”, this is how Play Business call their investors.

Marc Segura, CEO of Play Business, gave some advises on how to invest in startups:

We accept the challenge and we have launched our marketing campaign called Surfing Digital, the first digital academy on how to learn about teaching how the most successful companies in the XXI century operate.

All the big companies that we see nowadays, started as a dream and so small, but by being persistent, action and investment, they have transformed industries. One of the best advantages of technology is that in the present, is so easy and simple to become a part of these startup companies.

“Technology is so strong, every business needs to be online in the present; otherwise, it is death”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal a successful entrepreneur from Mexico and president of Grupo Denim.

Type of fabrics and their use

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Type of fabrics and their use to manufacture clothes

Fabrics have been used for thousands of years by man with different purposes such as protecting from environment, to get dressed or to substitute the skins they used to cover their bodies, and nowadays fabrics have many more uses such as manufacture of clothes, blankets, coverlets and many different articles to protect us, our home and even cars.

At the beginning fabrics were composed from natural materials, such as wool, and plants such as linen and cotton, and they were not dyed, as there were only a few countries that knew dying methods, such as China, but once the world started knowing more about tints, the variety of colors on fabrics increased.

“Fabrics have been evolving really fast; nowadays, there are many different type of fabrics that can be used to manufacture clothes, many persons are constantly looking for new alternatives to wear, and as manufacturers, we, at Grupo Denim, try to find those new options that customers are looking for”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of this company.

The different type of fabrics can be classified by different criteria, for the type of material used to produce them, type of weave or their animal or vegetable origin:

  • Vegetable fabrics – These are known as the fabrics manufactured with threads that are product of vegetal fibers, such as linen, cotton, hemp or jute, among many other.
  • Animal fabrics – Are those fabrics manufactured with threads coming from animals, such as wool (from alpaca or lamb) and silk (produced by worm larvae) and some other type of furs that are interwoven to create fabrics.
  • Artificial fabrics – They are made with synthetic fibers, such as nylon, polyester, Lycra, among many others.

“Manufacturers are always seeking for different fabrics that offer more resistance, that can be easy to handle and above all, that are comfortable for the final consumer”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal about this topic.

US dollar back to 18 pesos

US dollar

US dollar back to 18 pesos, which are the reasons?

US dollar Exchange rate jumped 30 cents today, which is over 18 pesos per dollar for the first time since March 23rd. These are the factors why the Mexican peso has been lately under pressure.


The oil producers are having a meeting this month in order to have an agreement to output freeze the crude oil. This would help the price; however, the markets doubt on the will to reach an agreement. Mexico, as an oil producer is getting affected by the expectations.


The most recent information is that the Fed will adjust its way on raising the interest rate according to the performance of the US economy, but taking into account the defects that the global weakness might have over the US economy.

As per as the members of the monetary policy committee, there has only been two increases vs. the four that were expected at the end of 2015. This perspective change helped to slow down the US dollar.

Markets are nervous because some of the Fed members are making comments about the possibility on increasing the interest rates before it was expected. The effect is a dollar recovering.

Global Weakness

The last economy data from China has given back a smile to the market as it looks that the manufacturing industry fall has stopped. Also, the government has announced stimulus measure.

Mexican Perspective

SAT has announced to the Congress the perspective for next year, and they anticipated that the situation is not getting better. A growth of 2.6 & 3.6% is expected, a lower oil price and less production in 36 years. Some analysts are saying that maybe the expectations are even too high.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, as a president of Grupo Denim, a manufacturing company that exports denim jeans to US customers, explained how the US dollar is affecting his company. “We are an export company, and we do get pay in US dollars, but, we are in Mexico and all labor and administrative costs are in pesos; therefore, we do get affected” , said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.


From the office to the gym


From the office to the gym thru an easy way

Remember New Year’s wishes? One of those were to exercise for sure so congratulations for those that follows an actual routine but if you’re one of those that failed that wish due to the lack of time or extra work, we would like to list some tips that will help you to mix your business look with a sport look in order for you to go to the gym right after you are out of the office.

  1. Sneakers

One of the most strongest tendency of the season, use it and combine a suit with a tennis shoes that would make you feel comfortable at the office and also at the gym.

  1. Sweatshirt

Replace the classic shirt for a sweatshirt or a t-shirt in a neutral color. This will make your formal look more young and will help you to be warm on a cold weather when running.

  1. Duffle bag

A briefcase is a classic, but to look sporty you better use a leather duffle bag so you can put inside your office and gym stuff.

  1. Vest

If the weather changes drastically, replace your coat for a flannel sporty vest, it will add color to your outfit.

  1. Jeans

If the dress code at your work is flexible, we would suggest dressing in jogger pants that will be useful at work and at the gym activities.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, found these tips to be very fun and also very practical. “I am really thankful because I do not need to use these tips as I have the time to do all my activities without pressure; however, I do recall when I was a student that I was running from school to work and then to the park to exercise, I would really used them at that time!”, said an enthusiastic Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal while doing he’s daily routine.


E-businesses taking popularity


Why are the e-businesses taking so much popularity?

E-businesses consist of introducing communication technologies to the regular activities in a company. This is a set of new technologies and business strategies to develop new business on line.

“Technology has helped us improving many aspects of our daily life, Internet has helped us breaking down communication barriers, as we now can communicate with other people at the other side of the world in a matter of seconds”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, a jeans manufacturer in Mexico.

E-businesses are not a technology business; it is actually any type of affairs using technology to improve their negotiations.

E-businesses have been a radical change to the traditional concept of buying, and this arose as an effect of globalization and the need to access to different markets and resources all over the world.

This new concept of doing business gathers all type of economic activities done by the Internet, such as buying, selling products or services.

The only universal requirement to run e-businesses is to have a computer and access to the Internet.

Here are some of the main advantages of the e-businesses:

  • Making business at the same moment your customers access to your site.
  • Having a direct relationship between a customer and a vendor.
  • No need to move from your office to make businesses.
  • Saving time and money
  • No need to have a physical location

E-business can also present difficulties, as customers have better access to the information and the comparison between vendors offering the same service or product is faster, which makes competitiveness harder.

“We are all trying to improve our business and make it simple for our customers, and the Internet is a great tool to have a faster and improved communication with them”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal about this topic.

Rapife – Clothing that alerts baby fever


Rapife – Clothing that alerts baby fever by using innovated fibers

Great history most of the times begins with little actions, putting together hard work that creates something and that something is the case of Rapife, a textile company found in 1923 on a first floor of a family from Spain. Rapife is an example of growing despite the adversities.

This company, that now produces all its products in Spain and that based on sales and globalization started production with China and Bangladesh for a period of time; but then, due to the low prices from competitors, the company stopped importing on 2009.

At that time, the trusted the Spain brand because of it natural and organic fibers, it was a complicated and risky change since it meant to decrease production to 7,000 units per day when it usually was 17,000 to 10,000 and invoicing from 8 million euro per year to 4.5 million euro.

But this was a change that also implicated to get back to the dream to fight for an innovated project: “We had it clear, we wanted to sale Spain brand; meaning products with better quality and best finishes” explained Ramon Espi.

It also had to do with the environment. “There are colored rivers in China and Bangladesh because of the tint processes, in Europe, the processes are much controlled, they use water treatment etc…Obviously a tint technique will never be friendly to the environment but we can make its foot print less visible”, said Espi.

That is how they got Made in Green stamp that certifies the garments being made free of toxic substances, respecting the environment and workers’ human rights. Another change was to incorporate an infrastructure of investigation and development, including a laboratory that investigates new materials and process and another department dedicated to new designs and models.

Their effort are now paid by their new innovations, like baby bodies thermo chromic that indicate if the baby got fever through a stamped baby doll on the body that changes from purple to red when the temperature is high. They are also known for their natural fibers like bamboo and casein.

Rapife quit the big buildings and now they handle their business by direct sales thought their website. For 2016 they expect their sales to grow 20% and to do business with Germany, France, Italy and so others.

For Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, this is a great family story that deserves to be told around the world. “It all starts with a dream, then a decision is made in order to accomplish that dream, this is how great business are built”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Care Label

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Care Label Instructions

Care instructions are small solutions to big problems. Care labels provide guidelines to consumers about apparel care, and the best cleaning procedures to be used for a particular combination of fabric, thread decoration and construction techniques. Following the instructions on the care labels is an assurance that the appearance and fit of the garment will be maintained after repeated cleaning treatments.

From a manufacturer’s point of view, damage to garments from incorrect cleaning methods can lead to complaints; costly customer returns and a bad image. Where as accurate and clearly written care labels can prevent customer dissatisfaction. From a consumer’s point of view, accurate and clearly written care instructions serve as a cleaning guide and influence purchase. Garments with ease of care are often preferred over garments with complicated or difficult to understand care procedures.

Many different care labelling systems have evolved over the world. Some have been established as a governmental regulation, while others are international standards. Not all of them however, are mandatory.

Lesser Known Facts About Care Labels

  • The country where the garment is sewn is the country of origin listed on the care label
  • Care labels must be permanently attached so that they are easily accessible to the consumer at the point of purchase. Generally, it is placed on the side or bottom
  • The manufacturer or importer who directs production is responsible for the accuracy of care instructions
  • A product may be imported without a care label, but it must be attached before the product is sold

Care Labelling Systems

There are five care labelling systems which are generally used on care labels. These systems are:

  1. The International Care Labelling System
  2. The Japanese Care Labelling System
  3. The Canadian Care Labelling System
  4. The European Care Labelling System
  5. The American Care Labelling System

The International Care Labelling System

The International Association for Textile Care Labelling (GINETEX) is the world body which governs care labels since 1975.

Member nations of GINETEX are Belgium, France, Germany, England, Netherlands, Israel, Austria, Switzerland, and Spain.

The objective of the Care Label is inform consumers on the correct care labelling of textiles through a system of uniform and simple care labelling symbols, independent of language, commented Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.