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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.

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Footwear Associations  

Machinery Associations  

Embroidery Associations  

Printing Associations  

Shipping Associations 

Sewing Associations  

Leather Associations  

Warehouse & Logistics Associations

  Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association / & (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.

  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

  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 Footwear Association (BFA) (United Kingdom): The British Footwear Association is the representative body of UK suppliers of footwear. Britain is home to some of the world's leading footwear brands and the most innovative directional designers. The industry has a 2.3 billion annual turnover at ex-factory prices and exports over 90% of its production around the world. BFA benefits its members through a range of services including marketing, networking and advice on issues ranging from exporting products to government legislation.

  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 Promotes Bulgarian apparel and Textile Exports.  Address: 43 Pliska Str. 7004 Rousse BULGARIA Phone: +359 98 272 161 Fax: +359-82-844048  Email:

  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. The Canadian Apparel Federation works to ensure that the industry's interests are taken into account. They obby on issues such as international trade, tariffs, competition policy and product safety plus a wide range of other issues.

  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.

  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 Incorporated is a not-for-profit company providing the resources and research needed to help companies develop and market superior, innovative, and profitable cotton products. The company's efforts are focused across every area of the cotton life cycle from fiber through finished product.

  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.

  Council of Textile & Fashion and Australian Fashion Chamber have merged to become The Australian Fashion Council (AFC).

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