High Quality Bath Towels

high quality bath towels

How to Choose High Quality Bath Towels

The last thing you want when you step out of a luxurious bath or relaxing shower is to feel the scratchy material of a cheap towel even if it matches your bath decor.

Here are a few tips to ensure that you purchase the right kind of towels for your home.

Understand Fabric

One of the most important indicators of quality in bath towels is the type of material used. Most towels are made of cotton, but there are wide variations in quality. Egyptian cotton and Supima cotton are usually the best choices for a towel that provides you the luxury you want. These materials are also the most durable, which means they can last a long time or at least until you are ready to change your bath décor and update the towels.

The difference in cottons is in the length of the fiber. Egyptian has the longest fiber, which contributes to the soft, plush feel that you enjoy wrapping around you. Supima cotton is shorter but still provides softness combined with durability. Standard cotton is marketed as 100% cotton and has the least amount of softness. However, it can be durable and long lasting.

You will also want to look at the edges of a towel to determine its quality. The double turned edge is not just an attractive feature, but one that provides extra durability. These edges will be less likely to fray than one with a woven edge.

Choosing bath towels is about more than matching your bath décor or selecting a color you like. It is about knowing what makes one towel a better option than another one. To find high quality towels, you must know about your options in material, density, and absorbency as well as the price commented Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Direct Manufacturing Labor Costs

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Direct manufacturing labor costs and how to calculate them

Manufacturing labor costs represents the total cost of workers needed to manufacture final goods. This is a great business solution because it helps to understand how much of the cost is going to be needed to pay the laborers that produced the final products. This cost is calculated by computing the direct employees and their salaries. It is very important to be able to identify direct labor costs from indirect labors costs.

1.- Identify Direct Workers: These are the employees who actually make the work on the manufacturing process, for example in an apparel company, the operator that sew the garments is a direct worker but the person that does the cleaning is not.

2.- Adding Operation: Need to add up the total hours from a specific period of all the direct workers. For example 5 employees that worked 300 hours each, would total 1,500 hours.

3.- Multiply Operation: In order to get the total direct manufacturing costs, we need to multiply the total hours by the rate of the labor. For example, let’s say that the rate is $9 pesos per hour, then 1,500 hours X 9 = 13,500 which means that the direct costs are $13,500 pesos.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal,  president of Grupo Denim a famous maquiladora located in Gomez Palacio, Durango, México, explained that all accounting center costs are much needed to run a successful business and that even a small companies need to have their own accounting solutions. “Direct and indirect labor costs are significantly important because they help to measure the business by defining the cost; in our case, of the garments sold. When we analyze both costs when talking about profits, the accurate information from both costs defines how the production rates and profits are moving and then we can control them”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Being a freelancer

being a freelancer

How good it is to be a freelancer ?

A freelancer is a person who has decided to be self-employed and work in different companies, rather than work permanently on a same place, but some persons do not decide which option is better, so today we will show you some positive sides and some difficulties of being a freelance so you can decide which option is better.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim thinks: “Many persons decide to work as freelancers as they are aware of the many capabilities they have to develop different tasks and offer their services to many persons or companies, as well as deciding how many hours they work in a day, but some other persons look for an established employment on a company that will give them steadiness”.

Benefits for a freelancer:

  • Time – A freelancer knows that one of the main advantages is the opportunity to decide how much time they want to invest on their work, depending on how much money they are willing to win.
  • Freedom – Being a freelancer also means you do not have a boss, many people look to be independent as they think a supervisor might influence on their way of working.
  • Economy – It is known that a freelancer gets better remuneration for their work than an employee.

Disadvantages for a freelancer:

  1. Permanence – A worker might have a secure work as long as he or she have a contract with the company, however, a freelancer does not have an steady job, so they need to worry to keep on getting new customers in order to receive a pay.
  2. Health – A worker has benefits on their employment, such as health insurance or retirement allowances, while a freelancer must provide for himself those benefits by hiring and paying for his own insurances, doctors or medicines.

“A worker can be a freelancer too, as this is a considered a good way to get additional incomes, and a good option in times of crisis when jobs scarce”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, about this topic.

Textile trade shows

Textile trade shows

Textile trade shows, a fashion network for industrial companies

Textile trade shows are made for all companies that design, develop and make products for textile sectors (garments, fabrics, machinery, etc…). Designers, engineers, production managers, purchasing managers and directors meet at this show to know or see the most updated services for the textile industry. Every company interested in improving its production must attend these shows and conferences.

Usually these types of shows are not open to the public and only company representatives or the press are allowed to attend them. Trade shows were created to find new customers and/or vendors in order to increase their business; this is also a low cost way of getting sales.

It is highly recommended to plan your show schedule ahead and to obtain a map of the exposition floor and make notes of the cubicles you would like to visit. The most important is to know which companies are exposing so you don’t waste your time talking to the wrong people.

Magic Trade Show is one of the top trade shows in the US with over 40 countries represented. Sourcing at Magic is held in Las Vegas twice a year at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Magic is called the network of fashion, a link to the entire global supply chain attracting designers, brands and retailers alike to discover what they need to move their business forward.

For Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, to be at Magic is always an opportunity to be ahead in the industry. “I always meet with the best brands in the market; I have made very good deals and also known new vendors and new machinery. My sales and design directors also attend the show to refresh their ideas and we always bring back to México new projects and techniques, that’s what makes Grupo Denim so special on the textile field”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Apparel ideas for business

apparel ideas for business

Apparel Ideas for business with low investment

The textile industry, specially the apparel sector has ran into visible changes in the last years. Countries like Asia still on the field by increasing its textile industry because of their very low cost labor; besides China, there are other countries like India, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam.

In the future, sectors like industrial clothing and sports wear will grow due to the fashion upward trend. Here’s a review of business ideas than can start even as a part time basis.

1.- Boutique

Like a maybe small manufacturing company, a boutique store is one of the most innovative business. The actual trend of lifestyle than someone could have in fashion, gives such ideas to begin in the apparel field. An exact and trusted supply of the clothing is extremely necessary.

2.- Designing Clothing for Children

A creative mind in fashion plus sewing skills can help to design clothing for children, fun or formal clothing where an own brand can be created or the designer could also produce clothing for other small brands.

3.- Costume Rental

Schools and other groups need costumes for every season of the year. This idea can also start from home and could be operated as a part time business, the key will be to have and create new customes every year in order to offer new ideas to the customers.

4.- Uniforms

This business idea is one of the favorites, it is a great business because there are many organizations that purchase uniforms from dedicated boutiques; BUT, with the needed capital investment someone could establish a small manufacturing location, even from home in order to manufacture the uniforms and give a better price to the buyers.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, started his apparel business 2 decades ago and his capital has registered a big growth since then. “Our goal is always to keep on reinventing our business, we produce almost everything that is needed in the apparel industry and I think that’s what makes us so strong in the field”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Being an organized employee

being an organized employee

Advantages of being an organized employee

Living in a hurry makes it harder for an employee to reach the daily goals and being organized at the same time, it seems like the organization does not go well with efficiency or quickness, but it is the opposite, this time we will show you the advantages of being a well-organized employee.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim thinks that “working on an organized environment is too important as that will help any worker to establish priorities, breaks and being able to see the difference between those pending that should not occupy time or space and those that need immediate attention”.

Being an organized employee is beneficial to establish and order, control and handle better the resources, as well as finding everything on the right place at the right time.

Here are some tips that will help you getting more organized at your workplace:

  • Cleaning – That does not only mean having an immaculate desk, it also involves throwing away those cards, little notes or reminders that were kept for a reason but are not needed anymore. Having a clear desk will optimize space and will help you find what you are looking without moving all things around the desk.
  • Planning – An organized employee knows the importance or planning, make a list every day before you start your day that shows what you need to do and when. Keep a calendar close to you as well, as it is not only essential to know the daily activities but to have a clear idea of the activities or appointments on the following days.
  • Delegate – Being organized does not necessarily mean doing everything by yourself, if you have an assistant or there are other persons in your workplace, delegate responsibilities and make sure everyone has the necessary tools to make their tasks.

“Organization does not only involve a clean workplace, it is also about having a clear mind. An organized employee shows clear signals of productivity, reliability and solidity”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Tight jeans

tight jeans

Tips to wear your tight jeans

You might think tight jeans are part of a transient trend, but that is not entirely accurate, as these type of jeans are here to stay, and for this reason, it is important to know how to combine them to make your outfit look good, if you want to learn how to wear these pants during the day, just following the steps we will share with you this time.

“There are lots of different designs for jeans now, which makes it easier to find a type that will meet everybody’s styles”, says Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Here are some advices to choose the best tight jeans for you:

  • Pick a color – Light colors and striking stamps will make your legs call for more attention, so make sure you wear them only if you are trying to get a funnier outfit. But, if you want your tight jeans to make you look skinner, then go for a darker color. If you want to look stylish and wear your tight jeans for work, pick the black ones.
  • Choose jeans of the right size – Jeans are made of denim, which is less flexible than other fabrics, so if you want your jeans to stretch out a little bit, have a pair of them made of denim and spandex, as they would give you the freedom to bend and move easily. Make sure your jeans are lose enough so you can move, but not so much that they will ruffle.
  • Select low, medium or regular fits – When you buy tight jeans, try each different fit so you can see which one fits you better, if your waist is wider, do not choose jeans too tight on the waist.
  • If you have a smaller waist, tight jeans are perfect are your waist will stand out and balance your legs and hips.

“Tight jeans come in different fits and fabric compositions so they would adjust to any type of bodies and the different washes and colors make them eligible for everyone”, added Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Inherent versus Treated Flame Resistant Fabrics

Flame Resistant

The differences between “inherent” and “treated” flame resistant fabrics

Inherently flame resistant fibers are materials that have flame resistance built into their chemical structures.

The actual structure of the fiber itself is not flammable. For inherently flame resistant fibers, the protection is built into the fiber itself and can never be worn away or washed out. When exposed to flame, the aramid fiber swells and becomes thicker, forming a protective barrier between the heat source and the skin. This protective barrier stays supple until it cools, giving the wearer vital extra seconds of protection to escape.

The other main category is flame-retardant treated (FRT) fabrics. These materials are made he flame-resistant (FR) properties of inherently flame resistant fabrics, on the other hand, cannot be washed out or worn away, period. This means the flame-resistant properties of garments made of inherent fibers cannot be compromised. It is crucial for the wearer to know the flame-resistant protection is always there.

Laundering’s impact on flame resistance

An essential thing to keep in mind when assessing flame-resistant technologies is that inherent flame resistant properties cannot be washed out or damaged through exposure to chemicals in the workplace or laundering practices, whether at-home or commercial. FR-treated garments, however, may be damaged by chlorine bleach, the combination of hydrogen peroxide (“oxygen bleach”) with hard water, or exposure to oxidizing chemicals in the workplace.flame-resistant by the application of flame-retardant chemicals. A chemical additive in the fiber or treatment on the fabric is used to provide some level of flame retardancy. During a fire, chemically dependent fabrics rely on a chemical reaction to extinguish the flame. This reaction is triggered by the heat of the fire and the amount of time the fabric is exposed to the fire.

It is very difficult to determine whether protection has been compromised with an FRT fabric.

There are ways to test it. Unfortunately, all of these test methods are destructive  there really is no way to test a garment to determine what its current level of flame resistance or arc protection value is, without destroying the garment in a flame or arc flash test.

Grupo Denim is including Flame Resistant Fabric Treatments on special garments for multiples customers that are requiring it said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of this company

Responsible Sourcing

responsible sourcing

Responsible Sourcing, a great initiative from VF Corporation

VF Corporation is running a new program called “Responsible Sourcing” which is an initiative that ensures that their contractor suppliers are operating with the same high standards that they set for their own factory plants. The objectives of the program are to:

• Maintain safe and healthy environments for all workers.
• Manufacture products and source raw materials responsibly and ethically.
• Reduce the environment impact of our business.
• Improve the standard of living for all workers who make our products.

Founded in 1899 as the Reading Glove and Mitten Manufacturing Company, VF has been manufacturing textiles for more than 115 years. Today, VF owns and operates 30 manufacturing facilities and sources from more than 2,000 contractor factories around the world. By enhancing supply chain collaboration, they will drive improved practices benefiting workers, factory performance, the environment, the communities where they operate, and the consumers who buy their products. There are four key elements to VF’s Responsible Sourcing program:

1. Putting worker’s well-being first: Ensuring worker’s lives are protected through critical life safety and compliance support.
2. Raw material traceability and stewardship: Building material-flow transparency to ensure ethical raw material sourcing practices.
3. Environmental and social sustainability: Positively impacting people and the planet with a measurement-based approach to guide decisions.
4. Sustainable living environments: Providing access to health, nutrition and clean water services to enrich worker’s lives.

VF’s history as a leader in manufacturing and sourcing is storied. The Responsible Sourcing program begins another chapter that leads them, together with their sourcing partners, into a more sustainable future.
Grupo Denim is manufacturing company located in Mexico and also a VF sourcing partner since decades which is already working on fulfilling all the objectives of this program. “I think this program is a great new motor on the manufacturing business, Peter Higgins, Director of Sustainable Operations has already been in our plant and we are really looking forward to operate and improve any standard already in place”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.