Great Managers Define Talent

Great Managers Define Talent

How Great Managers Define Talent

Normally we associate talent only with celebrated excellence with a strong emphasis on the word. Great managers disagree with this definition of talent. It is too narrow, too specialized. Instead, they define a talent as “a recurring pattern of thought, feeling or behavior that can be productively applied.”

The emphasis here is on the word “recurring.” Your talents, they say, are the behaviors you find yourself doing often. You have a mental filter that sifts through your world, forcing you to pay attention to some stimuli, while others slip past you, unnoticed. Your instinctive ability to remember names, rather than just faces, is a talent. Your need to alphabetize your spice rack and color code your wardrobe is a talent. So is your love of crossword puzzles, or your fascination with risk, or your impatience. Any recurring patterns of behavior that can be productively applied are talents. The key to excellent performance, of course, is finding the match between your talents and your role.

This definition of talent is deceptively neutral, almost bland. Nevertheless, it guides great managers toward a momentous discovery: Every role, performed at excellence, requires talent, because every role, performed at excellence, requires certain recurring patterns of thought, feeling or behavior. This means that great nurses have talent. So do great truck drivers and great teachers, great housekeepers and great flight attendants.

Successful talent management requires a sustained, three-pronged effort to recruit, engage and retain the best talent available. To succeed, a company needs strong, supportive leaders and a caring, innovative culture.

Competitive advantage and business results depend more than ever on recruiting, engaging and retaining the best talent.

“Regardless of the role and regardless of whether the excellence is celebrated or anonymous, great managers know that excellence is impossible without talent” said the president of Grupo Denim Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Ways To Improve Your Customer Service

Customer Service

4 Practical Ways To Improve Your Customer Service 

Businesses are evolving their approach because they recognize that a more mobile, connected consumer expects a more personalized, relevant experience. Companies know they have to engage and empower their staff to meet new consumer expectations. 


At its core, productivity is about making the most of your resources. Every company has opportunities that can be leveraged. For example, businesses that generate customer data can use the information to personalize the customer experience. Companies that have customers who opt in to company communications have a great opportunity to make contact and form a connection. 


Today’s consumers are used to two way conversations rather than top down communication. If they’ve reached your agent via an automated phone menu or web form that required them to provide information such as their name and account number, they don’t want to have to repeat that. 


Everyone likes to have choices, and accommodating even small preferences can go a long way toward creating greater customer and employee satisfaction. For example, when building a loyalty program, give customers options even something as simple as a choice of touch tones. Give employees an array of options to personalize calls to action. Empower them to reach out to customers by providing a thank-you note or sending a small gift. When you give employees and customers choices, both groups will feel that they are empowered to make the selections that are right for their unique needs.


Just as in ordinary non business communication, customers should be greeted by name. Customers pay closer attention when employees know their history with the company and understand their needs. To engage employees and incentivize them to properly engage customers, consider setting up a friendly competition, such as a contest to see which agent can gain the most opt ins to a loyalty program or collect the most employee contact information. Set up a leaderboard so staff can monitor progress.

“Businesses can give customers and employees alike more choices and maximize engagement across both groups. In this way, companies can deliver world class customer service to next generation consumers” commented Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Buy Fabric Wholesale


Buy Fabric Wholesale

How to Buy Fabric Wholesale

Whether planning a big home improvement project or constructing matching costumes for your local theater group, buying fabric wholesale is a popular practice for saving money on large amounts of fabric.

Fabric Types and Sizes

  • Wholesale fabric is sold in bolts that range from 15 to 20 yards, although some companies sell bolts as large as 100 yards. Woven and knits are usually 45 or 60 inches wide, though sometimes quilting fabric is sold as 36 inches wide. When buying wholesale it is important to check the fabric for the same qualities you check when shopping in smaller qualities: crispness, drape, color and stretch.

Online Suppliers

  • The easiest way to find wholesale fabric is to do an online search for stores that carry them. When working with online suppliers, you have a wide choice of fabrics and easy delivery options. Upholstery fabrics are particularly popular on these Internet shops. Request fabric swatches (small sample squares) before ordering entire bolts, because computer monitors are inconsistent in representing color.

Shopping the Garment District

  • Manhattan’s Garment District offers many wholesale fabric buying options. Wholesale fabric stores line 37th and 38th Streets between 5th and 8th Avenue. The selection varies, but most stores feature a good choice of knit and woven apparel fabric. Go into the garment district with specific ideas and speak directly with a sales associate when possible. Otherwise, these stores can be overwhelming with their long rows of fabric.

“Have the perfect fabric in mind and go searching for it, go to fabric vendors and see what’s available. This means finding vendors that offer minimums that work for your brand. Once you see what’s available in your price range at quantities you can handle, you can begin. I suggest you design your collection around what fabrics  you know you can actually get” commented the president of Grupo Denim Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal.

A New Generation Of Cotton Fabrics

cA New Generation Of Cotton Fabrics

ITG Launches Carlisle Cotton Company: A New Generation Of Cotton Fabrics

International Textile Group (ITG) is excited to announce the launch of the Carlisle Cotton Company and its innovative line of luxury and performance cotton fabrics. Combining the heritage and expertise of Cone Denim and Burlington, the Carlisle Cotton collection brings a unique blend of color, comfort and performance innovations to create a new generation of cotton fashions that are versatile from fashion shirtings to bottom weights for jeanswear and rugged casual styles.

Carlisle Cotton fabrics are made in the USA and named after the Carlisle Finishing plant where they are dyed and finished. Located in Carlisle, South Carolina and surrounded by the Sumter National Forest, Carlisle has been a leader in dyeing and printing for more than 60 years. Many of the fabrics in the Collection are woven at Cone Denim’s iconic White Oak mill in Greensboro combining more than 150 years of expertise and bringing together ITG’s distinctive values of heritage, expertise and innovation.

The introduction of Carlisle Cotton is very exciting, they’ve been able to combine the R&D expertise of Burlington Labs and Cone 3D to bring new styling and innovation to cotton and cotton blended fabrics.

Performance innovations include Burlington Lab’s moisture wicking, stain resistance, anti-microbial and patented No Fly Zone insect repellent technology. Fashion dye technologies include Cone 3D’s Varablue, a proprietary yarn pre-treatment combined with a special Carlisle dye process.

Carlisle Cotton fabrics are versatile and come in many different constructions and finishes ranging from heavy weight ducks, twills and canvases that are durable yet comfortable all the way to luxury brushed- cotton spandex blends and sulfur and pigment piece dye fashions that appeal to the jeanswear customer. Additional styles are offered for lightweight, breathable uniform fabrics and brushed, no wrinkle cotton twills and shirtings for everyday wear.

“By customizing these technologies and their applications they are able to create unique performance and aesthetics in cotton” added Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal president of Grupo Denim.

Closer Collaboration with Suppliers

closer suppliers

Benefits of Closer Collaboration with Suppliers

Delivering benefits from closer collaboration between suppliers and customers can not only strengthen the links between them so that the relationship between the supplier and the customer is one of mutual trust, but it can also deliver tangible benefits of efficiency.

Here’s our top benefits for closer supplier collaboration.

Best Practice Shared: Collaboration results in best practice being shared throughout the supply chain. All those within the supply chain are aware of what is required. There is a real understanding of what the goods supplied will be used for and what causes problems within the supply chain.

Fewer defects: The sharing of best practice also results in improvements being made on a continuous basis, thereby reducing the instances of waste or poor value. 

Improved communication: Communication is a direct result of closer collaboration with suppliers. For them to be aware of the requirements that the customer has, there has to be communication.

Suppliers get to have a voice: The collaborative approach requires communication to be two way, with suppliers being able to report any problems to the customer and hopefully they can then work together to ensure that these are eliminated.

Continuity of supply: The process of managing supply chain risk improved because the supplier is able to plan effectively for the future.

Improved stability: Stability within the supply chain cannot be overestimated. Any supply chain that is unstable will have stock outs, will have an inability to meet sudden peaks in demand and ultimately will not provide a good service to the customer.

Flexibility: The closer the collaboration between suppliers and customers ensures that the supply chain can meet any peaks or troughs in demand. 

Reduction in costs: The reduction of defects and the time saved within the supply chain means that the supplier is able to lower the costs of goods supplied, which is a benefit to the customer but also helps the supplier to keep afloat and stay competitive.

A mutually beneficial relationship: Whereas in the past, the relationship was between supplier and customer was adversarial and the supplier was often seen as being wholly dispensable.

An optimistic future: The final benefit of closer collaboration with suppliers has to be the potential for expansion and new opportunities that are presented when the supplier and the customer find that working collaboratively makes them a very strong team.

“Companies that collaborate effectively across the supply chain have enjoyed dramatic reductions in inventories and costs, together with improvements in speed, service levels, and customer satisfaction” added Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Long yoga pants

Long yoga pants

Long yoga pants

Taking extended Yoga pants is excellent for people today who reached the height of 5 ft and ten inches or over. This will choose plenty of flexibility and strength since from the series of poses that the yoga exercise practice has. Using a beneficial high quality long yoga pants has an immense role on this matter.

Considering the next characteristics of long yoga pants is your good access in attaining convenience and leisure together with the long yoga pants you want to purchase.

Choose long yoga pants which have the right match on your entire body. Any size that comforts you is the ideal long yoga pants. Usually do not take as well loose long yoga pants that might develop consciousness whilst executing some yoga actions. Do not consider over tight long yoga pants which can choke your skin and muscular tissues that it will never ever permit them to unwind. Just choose the ones that comforts you whatever shape or model it is.

Decide on long yoga pants which have the right type and cut for you personally. Using yoga is about rest and looking very good as well. Select long yoga pants which it is possible to wear anyplace you go. Long yoga pants that will certainly not provide you down in terms of type and trend. That whether or not you head to malls, dates, parks, etc. you may nonetheless appear good as you need to.

“Require note that comfort and ease and style are the most vital characteristics of long yoga pants you essential to have. Keep away from anything that may well interrupt your concentrate to the yoga exercise workouts you are using every single session. Appear at your greatest and take pleasure in the advantages of yoga with your lifestyle”, commented the president of Grupo Denim, Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Leadership Language

Leadership Language

Leadership Language: Why Your Word Choices Matter

Common wisdom about leadership often favors “leading by example,” so you might not think too much about the way your team interprets what you say. But the truth is, the words and phrases you use can have a very real impact on your team’s morale and productivity.

It’s through our words that we communicate our intentions. They are the main tools that we have for sharing our vision with our teams.

Every employee is different and therefore will respond best to different types of motivational language. It’s important to plan your words and phrases to ensure that you connect with your employees in a meaningful way.

The most impactful leaders are the ones who think about how they will energize their people, they know what makes their people feel confident and likewise what drains their energy. Rather than talking about plans or tactical objectives, they are able to link their employees’ current circumstances with some kind of opportunity or outcome that they will care about.

Look your colleagues in the eye and ask them how they are, really listen to the answers, and tell them regularly what you are grateful for in their work and why.

To this end, it’s helpful to include employees in the ongoing conversation about the company’s mission, and how their work aligns with it, so check in on progress through a regularly scheduled, preferably face-to-face meeting, to align on progress and build trust, iIf you’re doing that at appropriate intervals, you’ll have the confidence that the right things are being worked on, that issues are addressed before they become problems.

“Using encouraging but knowledgeable language helps to implement objectives and key results at all levels in our organization” added the president of Grupo Denim Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Middle Aged Women

Middle Aged Women

Fashion for Middle Aged Women

Fashion for middle aged women doesn’t have to be frumpy. It doesn’t have to scream “middle aged,” either. Women of any age can look pulled together, sexy, and professional; fashion for women over 40 has come a long way. It’s all about incorporating select trends into a wardrobe that you’ve carefully created with items that fit you so well they seem to have been made with your body in mind.

Stay Age Appropriate

One of the common concerns for middle aged women seems to be, “Will I look like I’m trying to be too young in this?” when they’re tempted to buy something trendy. The answer is quite often a resounding “No.” Women of all ages like to feel pretty and feminine, and there’s no need to drastically limit your style because of your age. Most women beyond their 20s should probably skip the tiny miniskirts and cropped tops, but you don’t have to wear unflattering skirt lengths or shapeless shirts simply because you think you’re “too old” to wear certain styles.

Go for the Minimalist look

Less is more when it comes to fashion for women over 40. Choose pieces that have fewer embellishments and cleaner lines, you’ll be able to get more wear out of them, pair them with more (trendy) things, and accessorize with your favorite jewelry pieces. They’ll also make your look more polished than some of the busier pieces out there.

Choose Timeless Classics

There’s a way to incorporate trends into fashion for middle aged women, but it takes having some staple, well-tailored classic pieces in your wardrobe. Keeping your trendy picks grounded in a sea of simple styles will keep you from falling into the trap of looking as if you’re trying to dress younger than you are.

“Staying age appropriate when it comes to fashion for middle aged women means wearing clothing that fits, flatters, and reflects your unique sense of style. While you may want to avoid overly revealing clothing, there are plenty of exciting and interesting pieces you can incorporate into your wardrobe” commented Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Skinny Jeans For Men

Skinny Jeans For Men

Ultimate Extreme Super Skinny Jeans For Men

Skinny jeans for men have been popular for years now, ever since the 90’s and mid 2000’s faded out and our clothes started getting slimmer (thank goodness!), but what fashionable men all around seem to be favouring right now is the super skinny jean. The extreme skinny jean has been gaining in popularity as the months go on and now it’s at its peek! How do I know this? Because the high street brands and lower end stores are stocking them in the masses and from a fashion perspective, they are always the last to catch on.

I personally think that skinny jeans look the best on men, I can’t stand jeans that are so baggy and sloppy that they look ill fitted and unflattering, so for me, skinny jeans are definitely the way forward when it comes to a tailored and polished look on a guy. Not only are they easier to wear as you don’t have to worry about hemming them so much, but the fit of them means you can easily wear them with boots and a smart blazer for the evening as much as you can with a t-shirt and sneakers for the day. Skinny jeans are versatile, comfortable and hot.

I know a lot of guys tend to choose women’s skinny jeans instead of men’s because they have extremely slim legs and can never find anything tight enough when it comes to denim, but with some of the extreme skinny options here, you might not have to do that. 

As the fits and cuts get slimmer each season though, for those of you wanting a legging fit and daring enough to want to try the super, extreme skinny jeans that are popping up everywhere.

For those men out there that are slim, why not give these a go? They might just be the skinny jean you are looking for that doesn’t overwhelm your frame, said Salomón Juan Macos Villarreal president of Grupo Denim.

Quality Inspection

Quality Inspection in Garment Industry

Quality Inspection in Garment Industry

Quality Inspection

American Society for Quality Control (ASQC) defines quality as “A systematic approach to the search for excellence”. According to International Standard Organization (ISO).

However, quality also means much more, they include:

The degree of excellence that an item possesses.

The best money can buy.

Meeting a specification.

Not more than 1% defective a lot.

Anything Japanese.

Quality is when the customers come back not the goods.

Quality of a garment refers to the product free from staining faults, sewing defects, fabric faults, size measurement faults, matching of color and stripe faults, cutting faults, etc.

Synonyms: Productivity, Cost reduction, Scheduled performance, sales, Customer satisfaction, Team work, and many more.

To achieve dimensioned quality, the organization’s staffs should have exact knowledge of the requirement profile of the products. This part can only be fulfilled if the information regarding the quality is freely exchanged between the various interfaces of the process.

Quality control

The method of checking, analyzing, verification and controlling the desired or expected quality parameters of the garments is said to be quality control.


Inspection can be defined, in the apparel industry, as the visual examination or review of raw materials ( such as fabric, Buttons, Zippers, Sewing threads, Trims, etc ), partially finished components of the garments and completely finished garments in relation to some standards, specifications or requirements, as well as measuring the garments if they meet the required measurements.

Steps in garments inspection:

In garments industry, the desired or expected quality parameters are controlled by inspection. This inspection can be done in three steps:

1.- Raw material inspection in garment industry

2.- In process inspection in garment industry

3.- Final inspection in garment industry

“Quality is the fulfillment of the specified requirements for a product or service” commented Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.