There are hundreds of associations servicing the apparel, footwear and textile industries around the world.
American Apparel and Footwear Association
Description: The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers. AAFA’s mission is to promote and enhance its members’ competitiveness, productivity and profitability in the global market.
Council of Fashion Designers of America
Description: The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association of over 250 of America’s foremost fashion and accessory designers.
Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY)
Description: Incorporated in 1980, The Fashion Footwear Association of New York, known as FFANY, is a not for profit trade association representing footwear manufacturers globally. FFANY’s mission is to promote and assist the common business interests of our members, who include over 300 footwear manufacturers, representing over 800 fashion footwear brands.
National Fashion Accessories Association
Description: Formerly known as the National Handbag Association, the NFAA has been the principal trade association for the Handbag and Fashion Accessories industry since the early 1900’s.
National Retail Federation (NRF)
Description: NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries.
National Sporting Goods Associations (NSG)
Description: NSGA membership consists of retailers/dealers/wholesalers, manufacturers/sales agents and industry associates in the sporting goods industry. NSGA represents retailers and team dealers who operate more than 22,000 retail and Internet outlets that sell sports, fitness and recreational equipment, footwear and sportswear.
Outdoor Industry Assocation (OIA)
Description: Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA) was founded in 1989
OIA is the leading trade association and voice of the outdoor recreation industry, serving more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the active outdoor lifestyle business.