American Apparel and Footwear Association

we wear opportunity

AAFA stays ahead of legislative and regulatory issues that impact the industry’s growth and competitiveness in the global market.

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.

What Members Are Saying

AAFA Member Testimonials

“As an international provider of children’s footwear, joining AAFA has been a key move in the expansion of our company’s resource base. We operate in a dynamic industry that is constantly evolving with the challenges of a global market. AAFA has become an important partner in ensuring we are equipped with the tools we need to navigate those challenges. They are a top notch professional organization that adds value to our supply chain decisions.”

Josue Solano
Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer
BBC International


“AAFA is Jockey’s Washington office. We rely on the skilled staff to keep us informed on trade, customs, and compliance issues. The AAFA team does a great job and saves Jockey the expense of hiring DC based associates and renting local office space. The result is a positive ROI on AAFA membership.”

Mark Jaeger
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary
Jockey International, Inc.


“New Balance has been a member of AAFA for many years and as I came into the industry, I immediately began to rely on the Association and the talented team to help me learn and stay current on all the important industry issues. Today, after 7 years of industry experience, I rely on AAFA even more. It simply is the best way to understand issues impacting the footwear and apparel industry and to create a voice to influence outcomes that impact our business. This is a big, far reaching, and personal industry that deserves to be heard, and AAFA is simply the best way to make that happen.”

Rob DeMartini
President and Chief Executive Officer
New Balance Athletic Shoes, Inc.


“As a sourcing executive, AAFA keeps me informed on the issues that affect my business.  I don’t have the bandwidth to make government relations issues my full time job, and AAFA keeps me efficiently connected. Through their advocacy, I’m confident that our member voices are heard and represented.” 

Pete Hagen
Senior Product Manager
Target Sourcing Services


“AAFA is a great resource for learning more about the current events and trade agreements that have a direct impact on the apparel and footwear industry. The networking and educational programs are second to none and help us stay informed on the issues that are so critical to our business. Our company has been a member of AAFA for decades and we have benefited tremendously from being associated with such a professional organization. We are very fortunate to have such a talented group of individuals working and communicating on our behalf, making sure Congress understands the huge impact the apparel and footwear industry has not only on the domestic but also global economy.”

Philip Williamson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company