Europe – Fashion Associations

Directory Fashion Associations, Federations, Councils, Organizations

European Fashion Council (EFC)

Established on 18-19th of May 2007 in Ancient Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Authorized and registered in the European Union with the unified European identity as official institution with ID: 25337543032-09 as Union of the Fashion NGO/Think-Tank for European fashion and fashion design and eligible NGO of EU-UNESCO Convention with 20 member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden / Albania, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Norway, Serbia and Ukraine.
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European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX)
As the voice of the European textile and clothing industry, EURATEX’s main objective is to create an environment with in the European Union which is conducive to the manufacture of textile and clothing products. Its headquarters in Brussels are within touching distance of the major decision-making bodies of the EU, at Commission, Parliament and Council level. In this context, the major areas of concern to EURATEX are to foster a new framework for textile & clothing trade policy, to promote a further expansion of the EU exports of textiles and clothing, to promote legislation and its application in the field of intellectual property, to support measures which enhance environmental protection but which are at the same time acceptable to the industry, to promote and participate in research, development, innovation and other educational or social projects which bring value added to the industry at European level, to engage in a constructive social dialogue at EU level with our social partners, and to disseminate economic and statistical data to the membership.

European Association of Fashion Retailers (AEDT)
AEDT is a non-profit association representing European retail enterprises specialised in fashion and footwear.
There are more than 530.000 clothing and footwear retail companies in Europe. Since 1958, AEDT represents them vis-à-vis the European Institutions and aims at fostering a favourable business and legal environment.

Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (COTANCE)
The Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (COTANCE) is the representative body of the European Leather Industry. It is a non-profit organization established in order to promote the interests of the European tanning industry at international level. Apart from representing European tanners and dressers, it also has the mission of promoting European leather both in the European and international markets.
COTANCE is the only qualified interlocutor representing the views of the European Tanning Industry. It has gained a wide recognition both internally and externally as the reference body for the European leather industry.
COTANCE’s activities and policies focus on promoting the economic growth and sustainable development of the European tanning industry.

European Man-Made Fibres Association / International Committee for Rayon and Synthetic Fibers (CIRFS)
CIRFS: European Man-Made Fibres Association is the representative body for the European man-made fibres industry.
Europe is the world’s second largest producer of man-made fibres – an essential raw material for many other industries, ranging from textiles to aerospace, from baby diapers to renewable energy. It is a global leader in quality, innovation and Sustainability.
CIRFS was founded in 1950, as the Comité International de la Rayonne et des Fibres Synthétiques (from which the abbreviation CIRFS is derived). It took on its present name in 2009.

European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA)
EDANA is the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries.
EDANA provides a comprehensive range of services and supplies its members with the information and data necessary for them to enhance the industry goals and performance.
Formed in 1971 originally as the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association, for more than three decades EDANA has grown and evolved, to become today a modern industry association with a European focus and global influence and profile, reflecting the changing dynamics of the nonwovens industry.
Today, unifying the diversified interests of over 220 member companies in a unique vertically integrated structure along the supply chain, EDANA is the single, powerful Voice of Nonwovens, representing, protecting and actively promoting the common interests of nonwovens and their related industries throughout the world, with a particular focus on Europe, Middle East and Africa.

European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA)
EuCIA is the leading Brussels based Association of the European Composites Industry. Its main mission is representation of National Composites Associations and industry specific sectors targeting end-segments sectors or potential product groups or processes at EU level.
EuCIA is the Brussels – based leading Association of the European Composites Industry, representing European National composite Associations as well as industry specific Sector Groups, such as those targeting end segments like automotive or those promoting particular product groups or processes.

Established in 1993, EuroCommerce represents the retail, wholesale and international trade sectors in Europe. Its membership includes commerce federations in 31 countries, European and national associations representing specific commerce sectors and individual companies.
Its mission is to:
-promote the visibility and defend the interests of commerce in the European Institutions, ensuring that they understand and take into account the concerns and realities of the sector throughout the decision-making process;
– raise awareness among EU decision makers of the importance of commerce in the European economy;
– improve the quality of legislation so as to reduce costs and uncertainties for businesses;
– keep its members informed of EU developments impacting on their daily activities.

Nordic Fashion Association (NFA)
Nordic Fashion Association (NFA) was inaugurated in 2008 by the five Nordic fashion organisations: Danish Fashion Institute; Helsinki Design Week; Icelandic Fashion Council; Oslo Fashion Week; and Swedish Fashion Council. The organisation has the core purpose of gathering the Nordic fashion industry and collectively embark on the process of working with, and implementing, socially responsible and sustainable principles.
The five Nordic countries are globally known for a socially responsible business manner and are often referred to as clean and ethical. Therefore, this project coheres very well with the values and image the Nordic region already has. Furthermore, the Nordic countries share a tradition of high national social and environmental standards.
By teaming up, the five Nordic countries can pool knowledge and gain critical mass and actually make a difference in terms of influencing the world’s fashion production.

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2021 must be a turning point for the European Textiles and Clothing Industry

Brussels, 9 April 2021 – On the occasion of releasing its Quarterly Economic Update, EURATEX is concerned that the Covid19 crisis may soon be followed by disruptions in our global supply chains, affecting the competitiveness of our industry.

Economic data up to December 2020 reflect a dramatic contraction in demand and production of textile and clothing items, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the full year 2020, the EU turnover fell by -9.3% in textiles and by -17.7% in clothing, compared with 2019. The crisis was particularly felt in the middle of the year (with production losses over 50%). Towards the last quarter of 2020, business activity recovered in the textile industry (+1.6% as compared with the previous quarter), while it further deteriorated in the clothing sector (-6.8%), as a result of the decline in consumption expenditure and the slowdown in non-essential activities.
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