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Let us know if you have a clothing , fashion , or textile industry association.  We would be happy to add your organization to the Apparel Search Database.  Clubs and non-profit organizations are welcome to add your listing.  If your association has anything to do with clothes, you are welcome to join our directory.

  Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association / & http://www.bangladeshgarments.info/ (BGMEA): Starting in late 70s as a small nontraditional sector of export, Ready-made Garment (RMG) emerged as a promising export earning sector of the country by the year 1983. Bangladesh at that time lacked a sectoral trade body, non-government in nature, free from traditional bureaucracy, to help the sector to boost up the country's foreign exchange earnings. As a result, 1977 marked the birth of BGMEA. Since its humble inception with only nineteen (19) garment manufacturers and exporters, BGMEA has grown into a strong and dynamic body. Today it is proud to have about 3500 garment manufacturers and exporters as its members. The fundamental objective of BGMEA is to establish a healthy business environment for a close and mutually beneficial relationship between the manufacturers, exporters and importers in the process ensuring a steady growth in the foreign exchange earnings of the country.  To this end, BGMEA has been playing a very strong role to lead the industry in concurrence with the government.


  Board Retailers Association (BRA): The Board Retailers Association (BRA) is a non-profit trade association representing over 3,500 action sport storefronts across the country. The association serves as the preeminent voice for independent retailers on a grassroots level with manufacturers, trade show representatives, and other associations. BRA also works to provide educational resources and exclusive discounts and savings from vendors on the day-to-day costs of business.

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  Bradford Textile Society: Established in 1893, the Bradford Textile Society is the oldest textile society in Britain, if not in the world. Despite all the changes which have taken place in the textile industry since its formation, the Society continues to thrive. Its monthly programme of meetings from October to April provides an opportunity for everyone with an interest in textiles to meet and discuss a range of textile-related topics with an invited speaker.


  Brazilian-American Fashion Association (BRAMFSA) Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers for high quality fashion apparel, footwear and accessories including Brazilian jeans, bikinis, lingerie and jewelry, all brought together to take advantage of trading relationships to each other. Their mission is to promote opportunities in business development for professionals and business owners that work in the fashion industry by serving as a catalyst offering guidance and leadership to their members in social and ecological sustainability, technology, collaboration and management of shared resources in their business practices, and by providing valuable assistance and general inter-industry networking. Address: Delray Beach, FL 33483 E-mail [email protected]com

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  British Fur Trade Association: their aim is to build greater awareness of the fur trade and related issues and help dispel the myths about fur production so that you will have greater understanding and appreciation of the role of fur in today's world. The British Fur Trade Association (BFTA) was established in 1919 to represent and promote the fur trade.


  British Glove Association: The British Glove Association (BGA) was formed in 1998 as a result of a merger of two trade associations, the National Association of Glove Manufacturers and the Glove Guild of Great Britain, to represent every area of the British glove industry as a single voice.  Its main aims are the promotion of all types of gloves including fashion, uniform, sport and leisure, household and safety gloves, and to be the principal representative for the glove trade with government departments, national organisations and related trades.  Its promotional activities include the Student Design Awards for fashion, sports and safety gloves.  Members include manufacturers, distributors, retailers, importers, raw material suppliers, designers, sales agents and even individuals with an interest in gloves and gloving.


  British Hat Guild  : Britain leads the world in style, manufacture, and cutting edge design. The mission of the British Hat Guild is to ensure this message is broadcast throughout the world for the benefit of all its members.


  Bulgarian Association of Apparel and Textile Producers and Exporters (BAATPE): business to business web site for the apparel industry of Bulgaria.  Associated with Italian web site ItalianModa.com: Promotes Bulgarian apparel and Textile Exports.  Address: 43 Pliska Str. 7004 Rousse BULGARIA Phone: +359 98 272 161 Fax: +359-82-844048  Email: [email protected]


  California Fashion Association: The California Fashion Association (CFA) is a non-profit organization established to provide information for business expansion and growth to the apparel and textile industry of California.  The California Fashion Association (CFA) was organized in 1995, as a non-profit public benefit 501(c)(6) Corporation. The CFA has now been the association for the apparel and textile community since that time.


  Canadian Apparel Federation:  Trade association for Canada's Apparel Industry.


  CCACTI: (Consortium on Competitiveness for the Apparel, Carpet, and Textile Industries; State of Georgia, USA). An industry-driven research and technical assistance initiative which addresses critical technology needs facing the Apparel, Carpet, and Textile industries.


  CEMATEX (Comit European des Constructeurs de Machines Textiles) is composed of eight European associations of textile machinery manufacturers. Among those, beside of Germany, count the associations of Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. CEMATEX has a central significance for the fair policy. This concerns, beside others, the allocation of the ITMA (International Textile Machinery Exhibition). European textile machinery body owns the ITMA machine show brand.


  Chemical Fabrics and Film Association (CFFA): The Chemical Fabrics and Film Association is an international trade association representing manufacturers of polymer-based fabric and film products, used in the building and construction, automotive, fashion and many other industries.


  Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) is the oldest and one of the most representative association of the Apparel Industry in India. With a Membership of over 20,000 Manufacturers and Retailers, CMAI represents a wide cross section of Manufacturers, Exporters and Retailers. The Association has branches in Pune / Bangalore / New Delhi. Established over 40 years ago, The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), has been acting as a catalyst of change, collaborating with the Government in matters of policy that impacts the future of the Apparel Industry. It has been making representations in matters of Sales Tax, Octroi, Entry Tax, VAT etc. for the Domestic Sector and in matters relating to Export Policy, procedures etc. for the Export Sector. The CMAI also acts as a Guide for its Members on meeting various Government Regulations.


  Color Association of the US (CAUS) : is America's oldest forecasting organization issuing an annual interiors chart; seasonal fashion forecasts in the fields of women's, men's and children's clothing.


  Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia Ltd (TFIA) Was first established in 1940s and today represents a growing diversity of Australian Textile, Clothing and Footwear businesses, their owners and employees. These businesses make products not only for the textile and fashion sectors but also for automotive, food, construction, medical, defense, sport and even aerospace.


  COTANCE: The Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (COTANCE) is the representative body of the European Leather Industry. It is a non-profit organization established in order to promote the interests of the European tanning industry at international level. Apart from representing European tanners and dressers, it also has the mission of promoting European leather both in the European and international markets. COTANCE is the only qualified interlocutor representing the views of the European Tanning Industry. It has gained a wide recognition both internally and externally as the reference body for the European leather industry. COTANCE's activities and policies focus on promoting the economic growth and sustainable development of the European tanning industry.


  Cotton Incorporated: The Research and Marketing Company Representing Upland Cotton Producers and Importers. 


  Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA) is an initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) that helps people help themselves through trade, improving the social, economic and ecological living conditions of smallholder cotton farmers and their families in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through training programs, Cotton made in Africa teaches the cotton farmers about modern, efficient, and environmentally friendly cultivation methods that help them improve the quality of their cotton, yield higher crops, and thus earn a better income.

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