American Apparel and Footwear Association

we wear intelligence

AAFA provides a clearing house of information for the U.S. apparel and footwear industry, as well as consumers.

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.

Helpful Industry Links

International Trade
Government Contracts


The American Apparel Education Foundation
Promotes the advancement of knowledge and understanding of the apparel industry, including product development, finance, marketing, human resources, production management,apparel engineering, technology and other subjects related to improved efficiency and the development and acceleration of economic growth in the industry.

Industry Resources


Introducing, the official source for NYC fashion information, a new initiative of the New York City Economic Development Corporation It’s a one-stop-shop for information about doing business in NYC’s fashion industry and includes:

  • A searchable database of more than 5,000 NYC showrooms
  • A complete calendar of NYC Fashion Market Weeks
  • Tools to help emerging designers start and grow their businesses
  • A soon-to-be-launched sourcing database containing NYC suppliers and factories

Updates on the latest NYC fashion news (by subscription)

CCH Human Resource Management Updates




Access to the Clemson University Apparel Research Department


Fashion Institute of Technology State University of New York, SUNY


Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, WASC accredited college in California


The International School of Footwear, Leicester College, UK offers footwear courses for careers in all parts of the global footwear industry.

Institute of Textile Technology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC



Product recalls

FedWorld Information Network

Government databases and search engines (Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the US Code)

Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.

Information about the Economic Census, including statistics businesses can use to assess and grow operations.

U.S. Government Trade Events Calendar

Featured trade events.


International Trade

Commerce Department, with links to the International Trade Administration.

Office of Textiles and Apparel at the Commerce Department's International Trade Administration

Trade statistics compiled by the Commerce Department.

U.S. International Trade Commission. This site contains a searchable version of the Harmonized Tariff System

Foreign Trade Information System, Organization of American States. A good source of trade agreements in the hemisphere

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat

Export Assistance Center at Department of Commerce


Government Contracts

Defense Department

Defense Procurement Home Page

Defense Logistics Agency

Defense Supply Center-Philadelphia

UNICOR, Federal Prison Industries


Labor Issues

Bureau of International Labor Affairs in the Department of Labor

Bureau of Labor Standards at the Labor Department, with links to other federal statistics agencies

Wage/Hour Division at the Department of Labor

Occupation Safety & Health Administration.


Other Regulatory Agencies

Consumer Product Safety Commission