With a trajectory of more than twenty years in Inditex and after leading the chain Cortefiel in 2015 and 2016, the Spanish executive leads in Spain the commercial office of an industrial group in Bangladesh.
From retail to industry, Ramón Gago changes register in his return to fashion. The Spanish executive, one of the heavyweights of the sector in Spain, goes back to the world of fashion to run in Spain the commercial office of a textile holding in Bangladesh. Gago is now in charge of the company I Garments Design, based in A Coruña, which designs and produces for retail giants.
Gago developed the majority of his trajectory in Inditex, at chains like Zara and Lefties. Gago entered the group in 1989 as store manager, and later became Head Stores Manager of Zara in Spain and Portugal and subsequently held posts such as Head of Product and Operations Manager.
In Lefties, the executive worked as General Director until February 2013, when he left the chain to join the Brazilian retailer Riachuelo. In his comeback to Spain, Gago took charge of the chains Cortefiel and Pedro del Hierro. The executive left the group in 2016, in the middle of the reorganization of the company.
Ramón Gago developed the majority of his career in Inditex, where we was in charge of operations and product sections
The manager now takes the reins of the company I Garment Design, which was established last November in A Coruña. The executive has been involved for several months in this project, where he performs the liaison functions between the European distribution giants and an industrial holding in Bangladesh with factories in the Asian country and Egypt.
At the office in A Coruña, the company designs and maintains direct contact with fashion groups. Among its clients we find companies in the sector, such as Inditex or C&A. I Garments Design has as sole administrator Shrahrier Ahmed, also owner of the Bengali company Islam Group of Industries Group, a group with three decades of experience in the textile industry that exports 90% of production to Europe.
“I have always been in contact with suppliers and part of the production,” explains Gago, who points out that his incorporation into I Garments Design happens as a natural evolution of his professional career. The manager states that, since his stage at Lefties, the challenge was to make designer productions while getting close to the limits of quality and pricing.
The administrator of I Garment Design is the Bengali businessman Shrahrier Ahmed, owner of the holding Islam Group of Industries Group
“That stage gave me a very deep insight of production,” he claims. According to the manager, the fashion business has entered a new stage in which not only brands must have all the knowledge of fashion, but also production. As Gago explains, fashion brands, when purchasing, no longer search for a price, and that forces suppliers to look for better quality and “touch” fashion.
In fact, the manager emphasises that the productions manufactured in the factories located in Bangladesh and Egypt gain ground in sustainability and introduction of more environmentally-friendly materials, like organic cottons or threads derived from textile recycling.
The method that the company uses in I Garments Design is fully consolidated in Spain. Until now, Barcelona had been one of the main locations for the installation of these hubs, which serve as a link between industrial groups located in China, Bangladesh, India or Turkey and the European giants of fashion. With these networks, the factories in the East maintain a close and local contact with the brands, and have a design team related to its consumer market.
In parallel to these offices, the inter-provider business model has also been consolidated in Spain in recent decades. These are expert companies in the sector and are capable of managing design and sourcing. Most of them are located in the Catalan city of Mataró, one of the textile clusters in Spain, very close to the facilities that Inditex has in Catalonia.