FAQs

I’m interested in purchasing discount fabrics – Outlet. Where can I find this?

At all our stores we offer permanent discount sections. Also, we periodically have interesting discounts that are promoted through conventional media and announced at our stores.

I’m looking for a novelty design for my garments. Does Lafayette provide this service?

We provide garment ideas for each of our business unit: Fashion, Deco, Uni for me, Sports, Digitex, and Texsolutions. We don’t offer molds or patterns.

I’m looking for disposable fabrics for health professionals or institutes. Where can I find them?

At Lafayette we produce textiles with anti-fluid technology specialized for health care professional uniforms. However, we don’t produce disposable fabrics.

I’m looking for eco-friendly fabrics. Where can I find them?

Lafayette is committed to social responsibility within all its processes. We are committed to the preservation of the environment and to maintain a balance with the environment. As part of these processes, we recycle 85% of water through our treatment plant, allowing part of the manufacturing process of our raw material to result in eco-friendly fabrics based in recycled polyester, especially designed to give the best support for sports with functional finishes.

I’m looking for disposable fabrics. Where can I find them?

We do not produce or sell disposable fabrics.

I’m interested in buying towel fabric. Where can I find it?

Lafayette sells already produced towels as a complementary product to our fabric portfolio at our stores.

I’m looking for non-woven fabrics. Where can I find them?

Currently at Lafayette we offer superior textile solutions for different segments. However, at the moment we don’t produce or sell non-woven fabrics.

How can I pay at the stores and at the Decostore?

We receive cash, credit and debit cards, and checks that are supported by Datacheque.

What are your service hours?

The factory service schedule is Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Does Lafayette sale ready-made garments?

No, Lafayette only makes and sells fabrics. We only sell finished products for decoration such as curtains, furniture upholstery, rugs, and cushions, among others.

I’m a decorator. Where can I appreciate and purchase Lafayette’s fabrics and decorating products?

Mainly at our specialized stores Decostore where all our fabrics and products are used for decoration. You can also find them at our stores.

I’m a wholesaler. Where can I appreciate and purchase fabrics, as well as receive Lafayette’s service?

Please contact Customer Service at the following phone numbers:
In Bogota, 57+ (1) 2948880 – In Colombia, dial toll free: 01 8000 11 8000
From the U.S., dial toll free: 855 758 0777.
Visit our factory in Bogotá, Colombia at Calle 15 # 72.95. You may also email clientes@lafayette.com.

I’m a retailer. Where can I appreciate and purchase Lafayette’s fabrics?

At our stores. Find the closest one to you.

Where can I find catalogues and samples?

At our stores you can build your own samples according to your customer’s needs. You may purchase them by reference and/or color.

Where can I see the prints, colors, and get to know Lafayette’s fabrics?

At our stores. Find the closest one to you.

How do you assure the quality of your products?

We base our processes on the highest investigation and innovation parameters to develop the best textile solutions. The physical tests made to our fabrics are appropriately approved by the Colombian Technical Norms (NTC) which are published by the Icontec (Colombian Institute of Technical Norms and Certifications) or international norms that guide the textile industry (ASTM: American Society for Testing and Materials, AATCC: American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, ISO: International Standard Organization).

How does polyester act under inflammable circumstances?

Polyester has a better behavior against inflammability compared to cellulous natural fibers. Polyester has an ignition temperature of 450 to 560°C. When ignition happens, the exposed area is turned to charcoal and fused. Cellulous natural fibers have an ignition temperature of 400°C. The fabrics burn and spread the flame with residual white heat. Combustion behavior: the most common synthetic fibers are acrylics and thermoplastics like polyester. Thermoplastics generally don’t turn to charcoal; they contract and burn out. Spreading of fire is slow. The molten polymers flow downwards, making the flames move laterally and in a descending way or make tears that may or may not burn. Compared with natural fibers, thermoplastics are harder to set on fire and the flames cover smaller areas, spread slowly, and burn out on their own. However, there are some cases in which the thermoplastic fibers burn rapidly. This happens when the fibers have been covered or died with dense colors and they lose their capacity to burn without flames. Natural fibers turn to charcoal but they don’t melt.

Is it true that polyester generates allergic reactions?

Studies on allergies and immunology say that 1.2% of topical eczemas are due to reactions different from the fibers with which clothes are made of. Most of these eczemas are found in the areas where there is a high brush of the fabric against the skin, such as sides of the neck, armpits, waist, inner forearms, thighs, and the back of the feet. The studies concluded that textile fibers cause allergies only in exceptional cases, and there is only a small percentage of the population that may be sensitive to these types of reactions. Our fabrics are made with products made especially for the textile industry, by suppliers of the highest standards, where their raw materials are analyzed and certified as innocuous to human health, as well as our manufacturing process. We produce millions of meters of fabric every month for the garment industry, and we have never had any sort of case due to topical eczemas or dermatitis from contact with our fabrics.

What happens with static on polyester?

Static affects many fabrics. According to the AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists), static in polyester is caused by an electron unbalance on the surface of the fabric. When it is synthetic, they rub against each other causing electrons to transfer and unbalance the charges. This is why polyester garments tend to have static when they come out of the drier. Since polyester is a thermoplastic, it is a good insulator of electricity, and this makes the static load it receives stay on its surface. In order to avoid and control static levels on the fabrics, during their manufacturing different anti-static products are used to help keep their levels low, not only during manufacturing but also during its utility life. Polyester fabrics are strong, durable, and are used to make a great variety of products.

What is anti-fluid?

It is a special shield that protects against accidental splashes of fluids, avoiding them from reaching the body. This shield is found on water resistant and waterproof fabrics that offer protection, safety, trust, and comfort to health care professionals.

Do your fabrics accept the transfer process?

Our textile solutions allow transferring designs only through heat since it is an exclusive method for your garments and your brands. In our performance business unit Sports by Lafayette, you will find textile bases that will accept transfer processes excellently.

Do polyester garments make you hot?

Polyester does not make people hot. We currently use smart fabrics that have different processes in their manufacturing that allow special finishes like absorption, dryness, and removal of body humidity to the outside of a garment. Also, breathable fabrics, light and comfortable that control the body’s temperature, with sun protection against UV rays with a spectacular texture and drop that allow people to enjoy a pleasant touch.

What is microfiber and what are its benefits?

Microfiber means that every thread is made up of a great number of microscopic filaments. At Lafayette we offer Lafmicrel, which is a latest generation, exclusive microfiber made up of an average of 2 to 3 times more filaments than a normal thread. Lafmicrel by Lafayette is an ideal solution that combines comfort, protection, and style for your garments, offering a pleasant, permeable, and wind resistant texture while assuring a great fall of the fabrics.

What difference is there between repellency and waterproofing?

Repellent fabrics have a protective shield so that liquids are compacted and can me shaken off easily. Waterproof fabrics have a layer or resin, acrylic or polyurethane based, that avoids the passing of liquid.

What is recycled polyester?

It is a fabric made up of post-consumption waste like PET bottles and industrial waste materials.

What difference is there between synthetic and natural fibers?

A synthetic fiber offers a better behavior against mold, fungus, and bacteria, since unlike natural fibers, they are not a proper medium for these germs to be attracted, cultivated, or generated. Synthetic fibers offer lower shrinkage, don’t wrinkle, don’t discolor, don’t require ironing, dry easier, and are more durable.

Is it possible to print exclusive designs and logos on your fabrics?

Yes, it is possible to print exclusive designs and logos on the fabrics. We offer our clients stamping with heat (Davos process). The minimum required quantity is 1.500 meters that can be done in three different combinations, so 500 meters for each color is the minimum.

What are Lafayette’s exclusive textile finishes and what benefits do they have?

LAFTHERMO: This technology helps maintain the body temperature stable. LAFGREEN: Textiles solutions made of recycled polyester. LAFCARE COMFORT: Stain release and humidity control. LAFCOOL: Temperature and humidity control. LAFGARD: Repellency technology.LAFMICREL: Microfiber technology. LAFSHIELD: Anti-fluid shield. LAFSTRETCH: Freedom and comfort for movement. LAF-FRESH: All the benefits of polyester with the freshness of cotton. LAF-PROTECTOR: Protection against environmental particles.

What are Lafayette’s textile brands?

Fashion (fashion, apparel), Deco (curtains, upholstery, linen, exteriors), Uni for me (textiles for business, school, health, and security uniforms), Sports (high performance sports textiles), Digitex (textile solutions for digital printing), Texsolutions (textiles for industries, advertising material, mattresses, merchandising, and advertising dummies).

Bogotá, Colombia

+57 (601) 2948880

Toll Free Number Colombia

01-8000-11-8000

Toll Free Number USA

1-855–7580777