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May 11, 2017


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The American Apparel & Footwear Association, in collaboration with the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC), today released industry guidelines establishing testing standards for legwear, hosiery, and socks. Covering a range of issues - including product safety, labeling, and physical attributes such as color, fastness, and fit - this resource provides useful, product-specific testing recommendations for the industry and its lab partners.

"These testing guidelines are the latest in a series of member-driven tools that AAFA has released to help the industry ensure cost-effective solutions for common problems," said Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. "Special thanks to members of the AAFA's Legwear Testing Task Force for their countless hours in crafting this practical resource." 

"The legwear industry is very unique," explained Dan St. Louis, Director of the Manufacturing Solutions Center at Catawba Valley Community College. "Specific industry testing guidelines are long overdue to ensure the industry has the proper and specific guidance it needs to produce quality, compliant products." 

This testing guidelines document is a free, open-industry resource that will be housed on the AAFA and MSC websites. Future versions will be released as updates become necessary. 

The new resource is available for download here

About AAFA:

Representing more than 1,000 world famous name brands, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its four million U.S. workers, and its contribution of $361 billion in annual U.S. retail sales. AAFA stands at the forefront as a leader of positive change for the apparel and footwear industry and delivers a unified voice on key legislative and regulatory issues. AAFA enables a collaborative forum to promote best practices and innovation. AAFA’s comprehensive work ensures the continued success and growth of the apparel and footwear industry, its suppliers, and its customers. 

About the Manufacturing Solutions Center:

The Manufacturing Solutions Center is a non-profit organization located in Conover, North Carolina. We are a division of the Catawba Valley Community College. Our mission is to improve, develop and create. We strive to improve quality and efficiency, develop new products and create/retain jobs. We are a multi-faceted center offering several different services. Some services include standardize testing, product development, training (hosiery, software, industrial, etc.), engineering, and many more.