With the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and international trade tensions making apparel retailers reconsider their supply chains—particularly if production begins in China—nearshoring appears to be a growing viable option to bring material sourcing closer to home. In fact, a survey from McKinsey and Sourcing Journal indicates that 46 percent of sourcing executives now expect the proximity sourcing trend to increase.
One company has been capitalizing on the more than 10,000 years of textile heritage in Peru by establishing its own end-to-end supply model from design to delivery. World Textile Sourcing (WTS), the largest apparel trading company in Peru, offers a fully vertical operation that ensures transformational partnerships with retailers and brands.
“My lifelong passion has been providing clients around the globe with Peruvian products, sharing our millenary textile tradition, demonstrating the country’s top-quality craftsmanship, premium fibers and outstanding service within the textile industry,” said Luis Antonio Aspillaga, founder and CEO of WTS. “Throughout the supply chain, we are committed to full transparency, fair labor standards and a culture fostering creativity and continual innovation. At WTS, we operate as a family and that principle extends not only to our employees, but to our partners and clients.”
Retailers sharing concerns about sustainability initiatives going forward may not have full visibility into where their products are typically sourced from, but WTS aims to alleviate this by offering transparency and traceability throughout the process, from the cultivation of fiber to the delivery of the finished garment.
WTS’ commitment to sustainability is amplified by its location. Peru is sustainable by nature as the nation has a history and culture of using eco-friendly manufacturing practices that reduce the environmental impact and conserve water, energy and resources.
From a cost perspective, nearshoring could also best position brands for recovery from both the loss of revenue and time. With nearshoring, retailers can eliminate two weeks on the water, eliminate the cost of airfare and ultimately cut down on the indecision and indecisiveness of bringing a supply chain from overseas.
Sourcing from Peru could prove to be advantageous for fashion brands as they see a need to operate more flexibly across the value chain—specifically to cut down long lead times and adapt more responsively with a deeper understanding of consumer trends and needs. In the case of WTS, retailers can take advantage of shorter boat lead times and daily cargo flights to American airports, ensuring that final products are delivered to the retailer’s warehouses quickly.
But how does WTS go about delivering on a sustainability guarantee? For starters, it’s all in the materials. According to a McKinsey and Sourcing Journal survey, 60 percent of fashion sourcing executives believe the pandemic is finally pushing sustainable materials into the mainstream, showing that more retailers are at least becoming aware of the potential need to change their sourcing practices.
WTS supports various eco-friendly raw materials including organic cotton, renewable fibers and recycled fibers. More specifically, WTS offers a variety of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)- and USDA-certified organic and organic-in-transition cotton fibers, which are sustainable by nature, to clients.
The company partners with Lenzing to source the highest quality Tencel, Lyocell and Modal fibers. All Lenzing fibers have earned the USDA Biopreferred designation and are certified. WTS also offers pre-treated cationic cotton fiber, which significantly reduces water and energy usage.
Retailers also can access recycled fibers in an effort to achieve circularity and a closed-loop production cycle. Refibra technology involves upcycling a substantial portion of cotton scraps in which the raw material is transformed to produce new virgin Tencel Lyocell. Repreve is a recycled performance fiber, used to make sustainable textiles with wicking, odor control, water resistance and more.
Beyond these offerings, partners can also consult WTS experts on sustainable cotton products such as Pima and Supima, as well as performance finishings, including antimicrobial, moisture management, UV protection, Fuze and others related to outdoor, sport and work activities.
To ultimately help fashion retailers achieve their sustainability goals, WTS participates in various collaborative initiatives with other industry experts. WTS is a proud member of Textile Exchange and BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) and is a signatory of the 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge, which encourages industry leaders to source 100 percent of their cotton from the most sustainable inputs by the year 2025. The company is supporting Textile Exchange’s Preferred Fiber and Materials Benchmark program to document its progress.
Learn more about World Textile Sourcing (WTS) at WTS.com.pe.