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.

Oil

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.

Fed

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.

 

Dress Well

How To Dress Well

How To Dress Well

Well dressed people appear more confident, attractive and put-together than badly dressed people. Give a good first impression for an interview, first meeting, date or any occasion in life by learning how to dress well.

  1. Wear the color that suits you best. Wear pastel colors like baby blue if you are fair-skinned, dark colors like navy or black if you are olive-skinned and bright colors if you have dark skin. Color that compliments skin tone can make a person appear fresher.
  2. Watch out for trends and fashions. Look through magazines, watch television and keep an eye on celebrities to stay updated on clothing styles. 
  3. Dress well with clothes that fit. Avoid wearing clothes that are baggy, tight, too short or too long. Wearing tight clothing will emphasize bulges and imperfections. Dress well by wearing clothing that fits perfectly.
  4. Wear the right clothes for the occasion and weather. Make outfits based on the weather and plans for the day. If it is hot, wear a pair of shorts with a T-shirt. Sweaters and coats should be worn during cold, winter weather. Wear formal clothing like tuxedos to events like weddings, dates or funerals.
  5. Accessorize outfits. Make outfits look better by accessorizing jewelry and hats. Coordinating accessories with the right outfit will make someone look like he knows how to dress well. Wear a watch, baseball cap or any accessory to improve outfits.
  6. Match clothes. Do not pair odd clothes together. Bright patterns and bold colors should be paired with subtle clothing. For example, match printed shorts with a solid color T-shirt. Wearing a mix of several patterns will not make a person look well dressed.
  7. Check clothing for loose threads, wrinkles and holes. Never wear clothing that has holes and stains on it. Wearing clothing with wrinkles, stains and holes will make a person look lazy, disheveled and very badly dressed. Cut loose threads and iron creases.

“Attire is one of the first things noticed on a person; the first impression is long-lasting, that is the reason  to dress well” said Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Iron Jeans

Iron Jeans

How To Iron Jeans

Fashionable jeans today do not have creases on them. They do however have crunched pockets and some are made of very stiff material. Once you get the basics down you will be able to iron any pair of jeans.

You will need:

  • Pair of jeans
  • Quality iron
  • Starch
  • Water spray bottle
  • Ironing board
  1. Place one leg of jeans flat on ironing board. The proper method to iron jeans is to take one leg at a time. If you are not creasing the jean, then lay the leg flat with the seams out to the side. Make sure you stretch the jean leg properly so that it’s flat out front and back. If you are creasing the jeans then you’ll need to line up the leg with the seams so they are in a straight line together from crotch to hem.
  2. Use starch or water. If you like a stiffer denim feel, then you can spray starch on the leg evenly or if you prefer just spray the leg with a mist of water from a water bottle. In either case, make sure you do not drench the jean leg with either starch or water.
  3. Iron. Wait until the iron is hot and then press down with a good amount of pressure to iron out all the creases. How to iron jeans is to use move iron smoothly forward and backwards.
  4. Switch legs. Now that you have ironed one leg, carefully place that leg off the ironing board and lay the other leg flat. Once again stretch out the jean leg flat without a crease or line up the seams for a crease.
  5. Iron the second leg. Starch or spray water on the jean leg lightly and then iron with pressure. Take your time and apply pressure smoothly to the iron.
  6. Place half of top part of jean onto small part of point of ironing board. Carefully lift the jeans and open it up to place hip part inside of the small part of the ironing board. This is how you iron the jean front pockets. Starch then iron.
  7. Repeat with other hip pocket. Once you have the iron to one part of the front, switch. Get both sides of the front pair of jeans pressed.
  8. Turn jeans over and slip into small part of ironing board. Now you need to iron the back pockets. Slip the hip as you did before but in reverse to show pocket and starch, press and iron. Do both sides. Now you know how to iron jeans.

Every man/women should know how to properly groom and style himself, so it is important to learn how to iron jeans to look well, said Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

From the office to the gym

office

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

e-businesses

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.

Importance of yarns

 

Importance of yarns in fashion

Importance of yarns in fashion

Having refined yarns will be vital for the future of fashion, with alliances between transparency and opacity, fragility and rustic, fineness and texture and it is for sure easier to say it than achieve it so the fabrics manufacturers will have to face importance challenges to meet the new fashion requirements and today we will show you the main topics about yarns that will have on the future seasons.

“For Grupo Denim, it is important that our providers are very well aware of the responsibility we have as a team to receive fabrics manufactured with yarns of the best quality, as that will help us assuring we ship to our clients clothes that will last longer and the final buyers are investing their money on a piece of excellent quality”, said the president of this company, Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

  • Indiscreet filters – The delicate yarns make it easier to have transparent fabrics that play to hide and seek, so the combed cotton yarn with metalloplastic will be more important for the next fashion designs.
  • Aerated Strength – Structure of threads invites us to create aerated textiles that will also be delicate but resistant at the same time, by using resistant linen and hemp to create yarns in open structures. The vegetal fibers reveal their light nature thanks to this new game of openwork, rustic and mesh networks.
  • Moving waves – Lightness and fineness of threads will help create textiles that move easily as a wave, celluloses, synthetic filament and shimmering silks are mixed to generate almost liquid oscillations.
  • Metallic – Vibrant tones will also be used on yards with metallic reflections to create some of the newest proposals such as metallic jeans.

“Yarns play an important part for all clothes’ manufacturer companies as it is only with fabrics of the best quality that you can create unique designs”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villlarreal.

Cotton and Nylon

Cotton and Nylon

Why is Cotton more absorbent than Nylon?

The answer lies in the basic but remarkable molecular structure of cotton, nylon and water. The simple water molecule, with its one oxygen atom attached to two hydrogen atoms, causes a different action when it comes in conta­ct with the complex molecules that make up cotton and nylon.

Water has a sticky quality that comes from its molecular structure. The oxygen atom attracts electrons, giving it a slightly negative charge. The two hydrogen atoms have a slightly positive charge. The positive and negative ends make the water molecule like a magnet (dipole), which keeps water molecules together and makes the surface of a water drop slightly elastic. It also means that water molecules will bond easily with molecules with an opposite charge that come nearby.

Polymer molecules are often long chains of atoms linked in repeating patterns. There are a lot of atoms bonded to one another in these molecules, giving a lot of places where sticky water molecules can find a place to bond.

Cotton is pure cellulose, a naturally occurring polymer. Cellulose is a  carbohydrate, and the molecule is a long chain of glucose (sugar) molecules. If you look at the structure of a cellulose molecule you can see the OH groups that are on the outer edge. These negatively charged groups attract water molecules and make cellulose and cotton absorb water well. Cotton can absorb about 25 times its weight in water. Chemists refer to substances like cotton as hydrophilic, which means that they attract water molecules.

Nylon is a synthetic material, meaning that chemists create the polymer molecules that make up nylon. More than 100 repeating units of carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen atoms make up the long chain nylon molecule. The strength of the long nylon molecule made it a great replacement for silk, which had a similar feel and texture.

Cotton and Nylon are both made up of giant polymer molecules, these fibers are used in Grupo Denim for many garments for their quality  and durability said Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

 

Rapife – Clothing that alerts baby fever

Rapife

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.

Make your jeans last forever

Jeans last forever

How to make your jeans last forever

Many jeans lovers have difficult times trying to make their favorite garments last for longer, they think taking care of them is a really confusing and hard task, but if you follow some easy steps we will show you here, you will make your favorite denim pants will be with you on the best moments of your life.

“Denim pants are easy to take care of, as their resistant material allows you to wear them multiple times and when you wash them the fabric does not start changing as any others, if it is a denim of good quality, the shape of your jeans will stay the same after many home laundries”, said Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, director of a Mexican jean manufacturer called Grupo Denim.

We know it might be really hard to find the perfect pair of jeans just for you, as you need to invest a few hours going on shopping and trying with many different fits and sizes, but when you find the perfect pair, you will want them to last forever, right? If you have already decided for the right jeans, you need to follow these tips:

  1. Do not wash them. Taking your favorite jeans into the hard process of wash might make the color wash out and the shape might change, so keep them away from the wash machine for as much as possible.
  2. If you wash them then add 2 spoons with salt to the wash machine, this will help to keep the original color on the denim, if you can, it is better to hand wash them with a solution made of cold water and soft detergent, remember to hang them outdoors to dry, do not put them in a dry machine as that might make your jeans shrink and you would want to avoid that.
  3. You probably hang your jeans in your closet; however, the best way to keep your jeans is folding them and putting them into dry and clean drawers.
  4. Remember not to put anything in your pockets for too long, as saving coins, a lipstick or your mobile might leave a mark or make your jeans lose their original form.

“Many people see the importance of taking good care of their jeans as they know finding the perfect pair might be a little tricky, so it is important to following the care instructions on the garments too, that will ensure they last for a longer time”, added Salomón Juan Marcos Villareal about this topic.

You can also visit us for more information at http://denimandmore.com

Care Label

care label

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.