The CFA was the outcome of Fashion
Industry Round Table, hosted by then Mayor Richard Riordan. The meeting
was in response to circumstances surrounding an egregious act of subverted
labor law issues, commonly called the ‘El Monte Sweatshop' incident. At
that meeting, participants agreed that an industry organization was
necessary to answer the questions of the media and other groups, to gather
significant statistics, on-going data, and instigate cooperative efforts
with city, state, and federal officials investigating the incident, on
behalf of the apparel & textile industry at large.
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.
The organizations mission statement: "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."
In 1999, the California Fashion
Foundation was created “from the heart of the CFA" as the fund raising arm
of the CFA. It is a non-profit (C-3) public benefit program that creates
yearly events and fund raising opportunities for scholarships and other
defined charities allied to the fashion industry.
You may also want to learn about California Fashion
Manufacturing (CFM) program gathers information about the varied
opportunities in the region for manufacturing, designing and creative
services...and promotes the availability of these services and products to
retailers, media, and all participants in the global industry. The program
has been developed and managed by the California Fashion
Learn more about the
California Fashion Association (CFA)at
their website (calfashion.org/)
If you enjoy fashion from California, you may also
want to learn more about the
California Market Center from the profile here on Apparel Search.