Brazil is one of the few countries in the world that has the productive Textile and Clothing chain integrated, from the raw material to the finished product. It is the 5th largest world's textile producer and 4th largest in clothing. One of the country's advantages is to be self-sufficient in raw materials essential for the industry, such as cotton, and have projects under development to meet the demands in others, such as polyester.
In 2013, the textile and clothing Industry had revenue of U$ 56 billion, representing 5% of the whole manufacturing industry and is also the second sector that mostly employs in this group with manpower of approximately 1.7 million people. In retail, Brazil has one of the world's largest consumer markets, with 6.5 billion pieces commercialized in 2012. The consumption in the country has particular characteristics, with large centres attended by retail chains and remote cities by local producers. That composes a network of 33.000 companies and centres scattered throughout the country.
The footwear industry sells 900 million pairs of shoes per year, moving approximately R$ 40 billion, representing approximately 2% of the industrial GDP. The purchasing potential is led by the C class, with 43%, and B, with 40%. The region who is leading is the Southeast, especially by the consumer market size, but the highest growth rates are in the Northeast and North.