The sectional agent invited the entrepreneurs of the Fashion System to reflect on the care of the environment, an important issue for the Industry.
- The Vice Minister of Business Development, Daniel Arango Ángel, the governor of Antioquia, Luis Pérez Gutiérrez, and the mayor of Medellín, Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga, accompanied Carlos Eduardo Botero Hoyos, President of Inexmoda, at the opening of Colombia’s Fashion Week.
- The sectional agent invited the entrepreneurs of the Fashion System to reflect on the care of the environment, an important issue for the Industry.
- Colombiamoda generates 107,000 formal jobs, a hotel occupation between 85-90%, and an economic spill of about US $12 million (between $36,000 and $40,000 million COP).
July 2018 With Inexmoda’s call to “Open the Eyes” and explore new business opportunities, the Colombiamoda 2018 Trade Show was opened in Plaza Mayor Medellin.
With the presence of the Vice Minister of Business Development, Daniel Arango Ángel, of the governor of Antioquia, Luis Pérez Gutiérrez, and the mayor of Medellín, Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga, among other national and local authorities, the doors of the 29th edition of Textiles2 and Colombiamoda 2018 trade shows opened today.
The Vice Minister of Business Development thanked the Executive President of Inexmoda, Carlos Eduardo Botero Hoyos, for the disposition his institute has always had to work hand in hand with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism for the improvement of the competitiveness of the Fashion System throughout the country.
During the opening ceremony of the Colombiamoda 2018 Trade Show, with a participation of more than 500 brands and 13,500 national and international buyers, Arango Ángel stressed that through the program of Formal Productive Chains, 348 companies from all over the country have benefited, with an investment of $3,555 million COP between 2010 and 2017. These companies, he said, have improved productivity by 40% and monthly sales by 36%. He also highlighted that through Bancoldex, credits have been given to 72,000 companies for working capital and modernization, with a value of 1.2 trillion pesos between 2010 and 2017.
Governor Luis Pérez welcomed national and international buyers and applauded Inexmoda’s effort to position the city and region as the fashion epicenter of Latin America. “Colombiamoda is the good news of each year that marks the companies of the sector and drives the city and the department,” affirmed Pérez.
The governor invited Fashion System entrepreneurs to reflect on the care of the environment and said that all of us must change the trend of “using and throwing out”, evolving towards the practice of “using, recreating, and reusing”, as should apply to companies in the sector.
Meanwhile, Mayor Federico Gutiérrez said the Colombiamoda trade show is a representation of a sector that brings together 11,104 companies in the Textile Cluster, generates 107,000 formal jobs, and creates hotel occupancy of 85-90% during this Fashion Week, as well as an economic spill of about US $12 million (between $36,000 million-$40,000 million COP).
At the opening ceremony of Colombiamoda, the Executive President of Inexmoda, Carlos Eduardo Botero Hoyos, invited the entrepreneurs of the Fashion System to “Open their Eyes”, to reinvent their companies so as to identify new market opportunities. “At Inexmoda we believe that innovation must be translated into new businesses, more income for companies, and more prosperity for the country,” he claimed.
Carlos Eduardo Botero thanked the trade show sponsors and unconditional allies of Inexmoda for their support, among them, the Mayor’s Office of Medellin, ProColombia, and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, which support the mission of international buyers; Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, ally of the Inexmoda-UPB Knowledge Pavilion; TeleMedellín, the official channel of the trade show; TigoUne, responsible for assembly and operation of the Press Room; and AVON, the trade show’s new official make-up artist, as well as the Chevrolet and Celsia brands, supporting several catwalks.
He also gave special thanks to the President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos, for supporting Inexmoda in improving the competitiveness of the Fashion System, including the project “Colombia Transforms Fashion”, a project which reached 250 companies in several departments.
He did the same for the Government of Antioquia, thanking it for support of several business-strengthening programs of the Fashion System, and the Mayor’s Office of Medellín for support to local entrepreneurs (“Epica: Innovation Challenge”) through Inexmoda, allowing them to define their business ideas and turn them into sustainable companies of the Fashion System.
And finally, Inexmoda offered recognition to a group of companies related to the Fashion System characterized by their constancy and permanent renewal, making them stand out in time. They were the following: RCN Radio for its 70 years; Magazine Carrusel-El Tiempo for its 40 years; Totto for its 30 years; Aliatti F Nebuloni Footwear for its 30 years, Do Jeans for its 10 years; and the Productive Transformation Program (PPT) of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism for its 10 years.
Thus, a new edition of Colombiamoda, Colombia’s Fashion Week® was inaugurated– three days that promise business dynamics, fashion, and knowledge which will empower and strengthen the entrepreneurs of the Fashion System.