Four ways to wear the street style

street style

Four ways to wear the street style choose the one for you!

If you define the downtown area as your favorite, then the famous street style works perfectly for you, this look combines super comfort clothing for you to walk down the streets without any difficulty. These are the most actual ways of adopting this look:


Definitely, square t-shirts are a must have on every closet. It is so easy to combine them with denim jeans and casual tennis on grey color, since this is a neutral color, the focus will be the upper part of your body.


There are a lot of ways to combine blazers and this is one of our favorites. The reason? This is the perfect match between the fancy touch and the versatility of a shirt. Jeans, boots and a watch on the same tone will bring the final fancy finish.


Working does not necessary means to wear a t-shirt. This proposal is a proof of that since a t-shirt will give a bold look, because let’s face it, combine blazers and t-shirts is something that most men know how to do it very well; but, how many will take the risk of changing it?


Denim, denim, and more denim. Build outfits using the same fabric do not have to be boring, the secret is to mix the shades and patterns, this way you will create a perfect harmony to highlight the most important: you. There are different shoe options; you might go for a camel shoes or dark blue tennis shoes.

As you can notice, these are alive outfits that will make you look masculine regardless the occasion.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim is a street style follower , “Having a maquila business makes you follow the latest trending, and this look is always on everybody’s outlook because we need to adopt any changes in order for our styles to be updated on the fashion market”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Vintage jeans

Vintage jeans

Vintage Jeans Trend for 2016

You may have already seen how the vintage jeans take more popularity each day, becoming one of the most seen trends on the fashion parades and celebrities who love the 90’s look.

“The vintage jeans seem to become an important option for denim lovers who are always trying to get new styles, and they do not necessarily look for new designs, but they also like old fashion styles and adjust them to the present”, was the opinion of Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of a jeans manufacturer in Mexico named Grupo Denim.

Some of the most important brands of jeans have noticed this tendency to wear vintage jeans and have asked their designers to make more of these styles so they can put them into sale, as the trend is increasing crazily.

Some people did not fancy with vintage jeans years ago, and they are surprisingly changing their mind at the present, looking how this trend is more popular than ever, so they are looking for those jeans at the stores, trying to buy old but new designs.

Some designers are trying to make small but significant changes to the vintage jeans to make them more feminine and give them that modern fit look but keeping the vintage appearance and creating the perfect combination between old and new styles.

To go with this wonderful jeans trend, try to wear your vintage jeans with leather jackets and heels, I am sure you and the rest will love this style, you can also wear them with baggy sweaters, remember, these jeans are intended to have a similar style from the 90’s, so you can take ideas from the clothes and how they were worn on that decade.

“You can see more and more people wearing vintage jeans every day, as this is a great option for those persons who love to go with the actual fashion”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Future robots already in our present

future robots

Future robots already in our present, will they take over?

During the past years we have being advised that at some point in or lives, robots or computers will take our jobs. Intelligent robots seemed to be a future thing but it is a fact now that machines have been taking control by replacing human hand work and those future robots are already in our present and they are becoming a trend.

Soon, a taxi won’t need a taxi driver, it will be autonomous, newspaper business won’t need journalist because there will be news filling software, there will be surgical robots so doctors will no longer be needed.

Talking about the textile industry we might think that designers could not be replaced by any robot because they are so creative and sensitive, skills and feelings that only a human being could have; but, artificial intelligence is also showing progress and there will be a time where computers might prove to be even more original than humans so designers will need to fit in that new era or they will need to change their profession.

Although it is hard to think that a computer could replace the feeling and hard work that a designers puts on every project, but they need to start thinking where they could fit in the textile industry when computers will take over.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, thinks that we cannot deny that sooner or later information age will be ruling the textile industry but that does not necessary means that the apparel business will no longer continue, it just will need to be adjusted as needed. “My legacy is to keep on supporting hand work as much as possible in order to keep our employees instead of purchasing machines. I know computers are a fact but we need to find a way to adapt our business to the new era and keep our workers at the same time”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.



Direct Manufacturing Labor Costs

manufacturing labor cost

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.

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.