American Apparel and Footwear Association

we wear our mission

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.

in the spotlight

Check out AAFA's events across the topics of trade, intellectual property and brand protection, supply chain, and more. Events Calendar > 

legislative action

Now is the time to contact Congress to tell them why you oppose the Border Adjustment Tax. Click here to send an email to your elected representatives urging action on trade.

Committees and Divisions

 

AAFA members actively serve on 12 committees, subcommittees, councils, and working groups. AAFA member companies can have an unlimited number of employees participate in these committees. To join a committee, please contact membership@aafaglobal.org

Government, Trade & Regulatory Issues

 
Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee serves as the principal “eyes and ears” for AAFA on trade and other legislative and regulatory matters at national and international levels. It directs lobbying and advocacy responses for matters affecting the U.S. apparel and footwear industry. It advises the Board and Executive Committee on policy positions. A confidentiality agreement is required for participation on the committee.

Staff Liaison
Stephen Lamar
(202) 853-9347
slamar@aafaglobal.org

Brand Protection Council

The Brand Protection Council focuses its efforts on the global war against counterfeit apparel, footwear, accessories, and other supplier products. Charged with helping to protect U.S. branded products against cheap imitations that are flooding the marketplace, the council is composed of legal, brand enforcement, and marketing representatives of AAFA member companies.

 

Staff Liaison
Stephen Lamar
(202) 853-9347
slamar@aafaglobal.org

 

Government Contracts Committee

The Government Contracts Committee keeps members apprised of developments that bear on the needs and requirements of the U.S. military and other parts of the U.S. government with respect to the procurement of clothing and shoes, and the problems faced by the industry in its supplier relations with the government.

Staff Liaison
Stephen Lamar
(202) 853-9347
slamar@aafaglobal.org

Social Responsibility Committee

The Social Responsibility Committee identifies and studies global social responsibility issues and trends that affect the U.S. apparel and footwear industry. AAFA disseminates that information to committee members who meet regularly to discuss these issues, develop and/or share best practices and, when necessary, develop the industry’s plan of action in response to specific issues.

Staff Liaison
Nate Herman
(202) 853-9351
nherman@aafaglobal.org

 

Environmental Committee

The Environmental Committee provides AAFA members a forum to discuss proper environmental stewardship and sustainability best practices for the industry.

Staff Liaison
Nate Herman
(202) 853-9351
nherman@aafaglobal.org

Product Safety Council

The Product Safety Council provides a forum for members to discuss and learn about regulations and issues related to product safety and chemical management. Members meet periodically to share best practices; review local, national, and international regulatory developments (including the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)); and develop industry tools to help apparel and footwear companies navigate current and future product safety/chemical management regulations. Members also help advance industry knowledge on these issues by developing and participating in educational programs, networking opportunities, and strategic partnerships on product safety and chemical management matters. Members receive product safety updates from AAFA staff. The Product Safety Council also includes four working groups that focus on relevant topics that impact the industry. These working groups include: Testing and Certification, State and International Harmonization, Drawstrings, and Sleepwear.

Staff Liaison
Kristen Kern
(202) 853-9358
kkern@aafaglobal.org

Legwear Committee

AAFA’s Legwear Committee is dedicated to addressing issues unique to the legwear sector. The committee addresses the needs of our legwear members through regular meetings and advocacy initiatives. Regulations and trends in trade, product safety, labeling, and other areas affecting socks and hosiery are identified and acted upon through AAFA-facilitated member participation. The committee’s Legwear Testing Task Group also works to develop tools and resources to be utilized by AAFA members.

 

Staff Liaison
Stephen Lamar
(202) 853-9347
slamar@aafaglobal.org

 

 

Footwear Action Committee

The Footwear Action Committee is a dedicated and formalized platform for members to discuss issues unique to the production, sourcing, and selling of shoes. This group is member-led and focuses on three areas: producing footwear-specific products and tools, driving footwear-focused policy, and creating a forum for discussion and feedback on footwear issues.

Staff Liaison
Nate Herman
(202) 853-9351
nherman@aafaglobal.org

Mailing Lists

 
Transportation

The transportation mailing list follows issues such as ports, shipping, and logistics. Participants of the transportation list receive regular updates describing the actions of AAFA on transportation issues, as well as breaking news reports whenever necessary.  The group also provides opportunities for AAFA members to provide their own input on important issues.

 

 

Staff Liaison
Nate Herman
(202) 853-9351
nherman@aafaglobal.org

 

Labeling

The AAFA labeling mailing list was created to discuss issues related to labeling and packaging products for public consumption and serves as a forum for questions on the subject.  As many AAFA members are looking to expand into new markets, this list intends to help aid in the transition and provide a resource for industry compliance.  The list is also used to compile AAFA member input to deliver to regulators on labeling regulations when necessary.

Staff Liaison
Nate Herman
(202) 853-9351
nherman@aafaglobal.org

Customs

The purpose of the AAFA Customs Update is to regularly inform AAFA members about the latest customs-related issues and news affecting the apparel and footwear industries. Through AAFA Customs Update, AAFA also requests input from AAFA members on AAFA actions on various customs issues and requests feedback on draft comments, letters, and testimony AAFA plans to submit to the U.S. government and Congress on customs issues.

Staff Liaison
Nate Herman
(202) 853-9351
nherman@aafaglobal.org

Market Access Team

The purpose of the AAFA Market Access Team is to keep AAFA members informed of the changing regulatory environment impacting apparel and footwear in overseas markets, from new import restrictions to new customs or labeling requirements. AAFA uses the list to educate members as they seek to enter new markets or grow in existing markets. Through the Market Access Team, AAFA will also periodically request input from AAFA members on possible actions taken by AAFA or feedback on draft comments, letters, or testimony AAFA plans to submit to the U.S. government or to foreign governments on market access issues.

Staff Liaison
Nate Herman
(202) 853-9351
nherman@aafaglobal.org

 

 

ABOUT SSL CERTIFICATES