Innovation has been the driver of Colombia’s apparel industry and the country plans to showcase its capabilities in upcoming U.S. tradeshows.
Fourteen Colombian apparel companies, including Tejidos Gulfer, True Shapers and Lafayette, will be participating in four major U.S. trade shows, including Curve and Magic, over the next few weeks. At each show, the companies will highlight their latest products, while demonstrating their innovative projects in social responsibility and sustainability.
Colombia-based sportswear and swim company, Tejidos Gulfer, is helping the country cut back on natural resource use and minimize poverty with its latest outreach efforts. Tejidos Gulfer currently has an environmental policy that incorporates Greentec technology stamping machines, which minimizes the amount of water used in apparel production. The company also runs “A roof for my country,” a social responsibility program that builds homes for people in need.
With more than 24 years in the business, True Shapers, another Colombian brand, is making moves in the lingerie space. As a leading brand in control clothing and girdles, True Shapers is available in more than 14 nations. The company manufactures its garments with advanced fabrics, including 3 Structured D and 3 Plus D, that offer wearers comfort without restricting body movement. True Shapers was also recognized by Innpulsa as an innovative company that strengthens Colombia’s apparel market competition.
Lafayette, one of Colombia’s leading sports fabric suppliers, is also a major player in recycling and water conservation. The company currently reuses 24 percent of its water for other production processes, while reducing water consumption from 43.5 to 36 liters per meter of fabric. In addition to engaging in water conservation, Lafayette also uses boiler conversion technology to reduce carbon emissions from apparel production.
Interested parties may visit the companies at Curve, which is taking place at the Javits Convention Center in New York from Aug. 3-6, while Magic will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Aug. 13-16.