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.

Mission Statement


Who is the American Apparel & Footwear Association?

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.

Mission Statement

AAFA stands at the forefront as a leader of positive change for the apparel and footwear industry. With integrity and purpose, AAFA 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.

AAFA will achieve this mission by:

  • Building consensus and offering actionable solutions for global trade, social responsibility, sustainability, product safety, intellectual property, and government procurement issues to promote a globally competitive industry. 

  • Leading the way in professional development, networking, and continuing industry education through a rigorous and comprehensive training curriculum enabling the industry to stay ahead of tomorrow’s challenges.

  • Providing members with valuable intelligence to make smart business decisions that enhance profitability and mitigate risk.

  • Communicating the goals and needs of the industry to deepen the public’s understanding and knowledge about the industry.