United States Trade Associations
American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA)
AAFA is a powerful source of intelligence and catalyst for change in addressing the external forces that are important to the U.S. apparel and footwear industry.
Apparel Industry Board, Inc. (AIBI)
The Apparel Industry Board, Inc. (AIBI) a 501 © 6, is a delegate agency of the City of Chicago, Department of Community Development and is the only official organization in Illinois specifically dedicated to the needs of the sewn industry. AIBI is comprised of the major players in Greater Chicago whose careers and business expertise span all facets of the industry including design, manufacturing, merchandising, sales, retail, marketing and finance. AIBI is here to nurture and support designers based in Greater Chicago and is constantly developing new programs to better serve and promote the industry as a whole.
The Apparel Industry Foundation, Inc. (AIFI) a 501 © 3, is the philantropic arm of the Apparel Industry Board.
Arts of Fashion Foundation (AOF)
The Arts of Fashion Foundation is a 501(c) (3), public, non-profit organization, linking both academics and professionals alike and is dedicated in fostering international cultural exchange through the creation of a variety of educational events meant to facilitate critical thinking among artists, designers, scholars and students. The primary focus of the foundation is the continuous support of creativity and design in fashion and the arts linked to it.
Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 400 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Scholarship Award, and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Business Services Network, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities.
The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA created and manages Fashion Targets Breast Cancer; raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations with 7th on Sale; addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative; and is a key participant in other programs such as the annual Fashion’s Night Out.
Fashion Center BID
The Fashion Center Business Improvement District is part of a network of 62 business improvement districts in New York City that provide clean and safe services, in addition to a wealth of marketing and promotional programs, to pre-determined geographic areas. The boundaries of the Fashion Center BID extend (roughly) from 35th Street to 41st Street between Fifth Avenue to Ninth Avenues.
The primary mission of the Fashion Center is to sustain and improve upon the vibrancy and vitality of Midtown Manhattan’s Fashion District by promoting the area as a strategic business location for fashion and non-fashion related business alike.
Fashion Group International (FGI)
The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit, professional organization with 5000 members in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home.
The FGI mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers. To do this, FGI provides insights on major trends in person, online and in print; access to business professionals and a gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace.
Garment Industry Development Corporation (GIDC)
The Garment Industry Development Corporation is a non profit organization established in 1984 and is funded by the State of New York. Our mission is to strengthen and support local apparel manufacturing in New York. For the past twenty five years, the Garment Industry Development Corporation has evolved into a -service organization providing sourcing referrals to local apparel contractors, a Designer Development program “Showroom New York” that provides marketing support and a showroom for emerging designers who produce locally and training and technical assistance to New York apparel manufacturers and workers. The Garment Industry Development Corporation is the link between Designers and New York’s Apparel Manufacturers.
Miami Fashion Association
For the past years MFA has brought together stylists, retailers, wholesalers, buyers, publicists, visual merchandisers, models, fashion photographers, and the like, in an effort to aid the industry’s growth in Miami and strengthen its fashion community by encouraging relationship building through high-impact networkers.
Mohair Council of America
Marketing and promotion organization of US mohair growers and processors.
National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO)
The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) is a unique association representing the entire spectrum of the textile industry. From fibers to finished products, machinery manufacturers to power suppliers, NCTO is the voice of the U.S. textile industry. There are four separate councils that comprise the NCTO leadership structure, and each council represents a segment of the textile industry and elects its own officers who make up NCTO’s Board of Directors.
National Retail Federation (NRF)
As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad including department stores, specialty, apparel, discount, online, independent, grocery and chain restaurants, among others. Retailers operate more than 3.5 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign emphasizes the economic importance of retail and encourages policymakers to support a Jobs, Innovation and Consumer Value Agenda aimed at boosting economic growth and job creation.
Swimwear Association of Florida
The Swimwear Association of Florida has become recognized as the leader in swimwear exhibitions worldwide.
The Swimwear Association of Florida (SAF) presents two tradeshows annually. The main event called the SwimShow, is held in July. It is the largest of its kind in the world and attracts over 2500 buyers representing 1500 stores from across the United States and 50 countries showcasing nearly 2000 lines from every corner of the world. This past July, SAF launched lingerie to expand its reach into the synergetic market of lingerie in response to the needs of its buyers and vendors.