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Fashion Industry Trade Associations in USA

In American fashion world nothing is static, as the American fashion trends keep changing every couple of years. The dynamic nature of the fashion trends in USA can be symbolized by one fact that almost all the past decades, in the last century, had their trademark fashion trends. For example, the prosperous period of second decade saw American fashion designers indulged in designing immensely costly American fashion dresses, while the dark phase of post second world war era saw the same fashion designers applying innovative ways to make cheaper but beautiful American fashion dresses. It was the same phase when American designers were found more inclined towards the so far unnoticed native American dresses and American fashion jewelry trends. Slowly the financial depression passed and numerous American fashion associations, under a reinvented governmental patronization, groomed up to give the American fashion industry its most modern shape.

List of fashion associations of USA pertaining to the American fashion industry are given below with their site link, brief description, contact address, phone numbers and fax numbers.


Council of Fashion Designers of America
DESCRIPTION : The council of Fashion Designers of America was formed in the year 1962. It is a non-profit trade organization that caters to 300 of America's top fashion and accessory designers. This association helps in raising the status of American fashion designers and the standard of their professional artisanship. CFDA also presents the annual fashion awards with the purpose of encouraging the new fashion designers in America.
1412 Broadway Suite 2006 , New York 10018, USA
+(1) 212 302 1821
Fashion Group International New York
DESCRIPTION : The Fashion Group International was established formally in the year 1930 by 17 women from New York. It is a non-profit professional association comprising more than 5,000 expert professionals related to the fashion industry including the areas of fashion, apparel, accessories, beauty and home industries. The main mission of FGI is to be the prominent organization in the field of fashion and designing business and to build the careers of its members.
8 West 40th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10018, USA
+(1) 212 302 5511
+(1) 212 302 5533
Fashion Footwear Association of New York
DESCRIPTION : Fashion Footwear Association of New York was set up in the year 1979, as a non-profit body serving the footwear manufacturers. Its mission is to serve the common business interests of over 300 fashion footwear manufacturers and 800 fashion footwear brands globally. FFANY also organizes trade shows and exhibitions related to the footwear industry.
1414 Avenue of the Americas Suite 203, New York, NY 10019, USA
+ (1) 212 751 6422
+ (1) 212 751 6404
American Apparel and Footwear Association
DESCRIPTION : American Apparel Footwear Association was established in August 2000 by merging two renowned trade associations, the American Apparel and Manufacturers Association and Footwear Industries of America. The AAFA has a very strong membership and is regarded as a National trade association devoted to companies involved in trading of apparel, footwear and sewn products. The goal of AAFA is to increase the production and profit making capacities of its members.
1601 N. Kent Street, Suite 1200, Arlington, VA 22209, USA
+ (1) 703 524 1864, +(1) 800 520 2262
+(1) 703 522 6741
National Fashion Accessories Association
DESCRIPTION : This is a leading voluntary trade body dedicated to North American handbag and fashion Accessory industry. It also organizes several trade shows concerning handbags and fashion accessories throughout the country.
350 5th Ave. Suite 2030 New York, NY 10118, USA
+ (1) 212 947 3424
+(1) 212 629 0361
Fashion Center
DESCRIPTION : The Fashion Center Business Improvement District is a non-profit organization, set up in the year 1993 with the core mission of nourishing the New York City's apparel industry, thereby enhancing the quality of life and economic growth of Manhattan's garment district. This association is funded by 450 property owners and 5000 businessmen. The main aim of the association is to establish New York as the most fashionable city in the world.
BID 249 West 39th Street NYC 10018, USA
+ (1) 212 764 9600
Professional Association of Custom Clothiers
DESCRIPTION : The Professional Association of Custom Clothiers was established in the year 1989. Presently the association has over 600 members. It is a non-profit independent organization that caters to the individuals who are engaged in custom clothing, designing, pattern makers, sewing professionals and related businesses. The PACC is voluntary association, governed by a Board of Directors, who meet annually for matters relating to budget approval etc.
56 South 33rd Ave. 220, St. Cloud, MN 56301, USA
+ (1) 320 240 2007
+ (1) 320 240 2011
The Fragrance Foundation
DESCRIPTION : The Fragrance Foundation was formed in 1949 by six top industrialists to highlight the importance and pleasure derived from fragrances in the life of American people. This is the non-profit international organization, which furnishes information about the appreciation, use and sales of fragrance and perfume. Presently the members of the association are the manufacturers, suppliers, designers, retailers and advertisers related to the perfumery business. The foundation also maintains an exclusive print and video library dedicated to perfumes and fragrances.
145 East 32 Street, New York, NY 10016-6002, USA
+ (1) 212 725 2755
+ (1) 212 779 9058
California Fashion Association
DESCRIPTION : The California Fashion Association (CFA) is a not-for-profit body, which has been set up with the motive of expanding the business opportunities for the rapid growth of California's apparel and textile sector. CFA also promotes research and development in the field of apparel technology and proper application of this technology.
444 South Flower Street 34th Floor, Los Angeles California, CA 90071, USA
+ (1) 213 688 6288
+(1) 213 688 6290
American Down and Feather Council
DESCRIPTION : The American Down and Feather Council is a part of the Home Fashion Products Association and comprises of the manufacturers of natural fill bedding products, as well as dealers, buyers, sellers and processors of feathers for use in home fashion products. The aim of the council is to monitor the labeling and the quality of all natural fill-bedding products manufactured and sold in America.
+ (1) 212 297 2111
Garment Contractors Association of California
DESCRIPTION : Set up in 1971 as a nonprofit association, the Garment Contractors Association of California caters to the garment contracting businesses and suppliers of Southern California. The objective of the association is to provide the best standards in workmanship and business practices for the development of local garment and sewn products manufacturing units. GCA helps in advocating and protecting the rights of its members.
110 E. 9th Street Ste. A701, Los Angeles,California CA 90079, USA
+(1) 213 629 4422
Fashion Business Incorporated
DESCRIPTION : FBI endeavors the fashion industry by providing resources , training and consulting services to ensure its rapid growth and profitability.
127 E 9th Street Suite 212. Los Angeles, California CA 90015, USA
+ (1) 212 764 9600
Organization of Black Designers
DESCRIPTION : OBD is a non-profit association formed to address the requisite needs of African-American design professionals. It has over 3500 design professionals expert in the field of graphic design, interior design, fashion design and industrial design.
300 M Street, SW Suite N110, Washington, DC 20024-4019, USA
+ (1) 202 659 3918
International Formalwear Association
DESCRIPTION : The International Formalwear Association was set up in the year 1973 and since then this body has been contributing to the growth and development of the men's formalwear industry through a number of programs and activities. It is the leading professional alliance of specialists, suppliers, wholesalers and consultants. Its main aim is to encourage greater recognition, use and acceptance of men's formalwear. It has over 1,500 members.
401 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 6061, USA
+ (1) 312 321 5139
+ (1) 312 321 5150
Color Association of the United States
DESCRIPTION : The Color Association of the United States was earlier known as the Textile Color Card Association formed in 1915, but was given this name at a board meeting held on December 1,1955. The main objective of this association is to forecast color trends in the fields of women's fashion, men's clothing, children's clothing, and interior design.
315 West 39th Street, Studio 507 New York, NY 10018, USA
+ (1) 212 947 7774
+ (1) 212 594 6987
Costume Society of America
DESCRIPTION : The Costume Society of America was established on March 23, 1973 but was formally incorporated in the state of New York on September 12, 1973. CSA promotes the understanding of all types of dresses and appearances on a global level. The CSA also organizes seminars and symposiums to serve its members. The association is divided into six regional and one international group.
Costume Society of America, 203 Towne Centre Drive, Hillsborough, NJ 08844, USA
+ (1) 908 359 1471
+ (1) 908 359 7619
Surface Design Association
DESCRIPTION : Surface Design Association was in 1977 as a non-profit body and was incorporated in Minnesota. The vision behind forming this association was to teach, inspire and provide opportunities to people involved or interested in surface designing. Presently the SDA has 4,000 members including 600 international members. This body was formed with the main motive of increasing awareness, understanding, and appreciation of textiles in the art and design communities.
P.O. Box 360, Sebastopol, California , CA 95473-0360, USA
+ (1) 707 829 3110
+(1) 707 829 3285
International Colored Gemstone Association
DESCRIPTION : International Colored Gemstone Association is a voluntary, non-profit body, which has a membership of over 500 gem professionals from 41 countries. The ICGA serves the interests of gemstone wholesalers, gem cutters and miners. The ICGA provides valuable information about gems and gemstones and also publishes journals and newsletters.
19 West 21st Street, Suite 705, New York, N.Y. 10010-6805, U.S.A.
+ (1) 212 620 0900
+ (1) 212 352 9054
Jewelers Vigilance Committee
DESCRIPTION : Jewelers Vigilance Committee came into existence in 1912, with the main aim of imparting education and self regulation to the jewelry industry. It is mandatory to comply with the laws related to the jewelry industry to become a member of this organization. The JVC provides free education to its members regarding the laws related to manufacturing, sale and advertising of all types of jewelry.
25 West 45th Street, Suite 1406, New York, NY 10036, USA
+ (1) 212 997 2002
+ (1) 212 997 9148
American Gem Trade Association
DESCRIPTION : American Gem Trade Association was formed in 1981 and comprises of natural colored gemstone and Cultured Pearl industry professionals of the United States and Canada who are engaged in the promotion and advancement of natural colored gemstone trade. The association provides educational programs and organizes trade shows to achieve the objectives laid out by the AGTA.
3030 LBJ Freeway, Suite 840, Dallas, Texas 75234, USA
+ (1) 214 742 4367
+ (1) 214 742 7334
International Fashion Jewelry and Accessory Group
DESCRIPTION : International Fashion Jewelry and Accessory Group is a professional non profit Association, comprising of manufacturers, importers and sales representatives in the fashion jewelry, accessories and gift industries. The purpose of the association is to sponsor fashion jewelry and accessories trade shows in different parts of the world for its members at lowest costs.
1486 Stony Lane, North Kingstown, RI 02852, USA
+ (1) 401 295 4564
+ (1) 401 295 4564
Jewelers Board of Trade
DESCRIPTION : Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) was formed in 1884 with the key goal of compiling and disseminating reliable credit reports, credit collections and marketing services to the manufacturers and dealers of jewelry and related products. The board helps its members in taking decisions in credit related matters.
95 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, P.O. Box 6928, Providence, RI 02940, USA
+ (1) 401 467 0055
+ (1) 401 467 1199
American Opal Society
DESCRIPTION : The American Opal Society is non-profit body whose main objective is to foster interest and knowledge of opal gem. The members of the opal society are people who are involved in mining, collecting, cutting and fitting of opal gem in jewelry. The membership is also open to artisans, craftspeople, designers and educators of opal gem.
P.O. Box 4875, Garden Grove, CA 92842-4875, USA
Caribbean Gemological Institute
DESCRIPTION : The Caribbean Gemological Institute is an independent professional society that evaluates and reports on the quality of gemstones and set jewelry. The CGI has an independent laboratory for testing the quality of gems and jewelry and its services are availed by the jewelers residing in the Caribbean, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. The association gives certification to jewelers for which they have to pass an exam of re-certification.
P.O. Box 101175, Cape Coral, Florida 33910, USA
+ (1) 239 945 0021
+ (1) 239 945 0021
Gem Artist of North America
DESCRIPTION : The Gem Artists of North America (GANA) is a leading professional organization dedicated to gem artists and professionals in the hard gemstone art industry. It was founded in 1995 in Tuscan, Arizona. The association helps to enhance the creativity, awareness and power to appreciate the gem art through knowledge, promotion and marketing.
Howard Friedler, Fantasy Gems, P.O. Box 1493, Lake Oswego, OR 97035, USA
+ (1) 866 864 2040 (Toll free number)
Jewelers Security Alliance
DESCRIPTION : Jewelers Security Alliance is a non-profit trade body comprising of 21,000 members from all over the world. It has been providing crime information and assistance to the jewelry industry since 1883. It also provides crime reports, information about burglaries and security advice to its members so that they can feel secure.
6 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017, USA
+ (1) 800 537 0067
+ (1) 212 808 9168
Women's Jewelry Association
DESCRIPTION : Women's Jewelry Association is an organization that provides a platform for woman executives in the jewelry industry to learn more about jewelry related businesses and each other. It also encourages women to achieve success in internationally in watch and jewelry business.
WJA National Headquarters, 19 Mantua Road, Mount Royal, NJ 08061, USA
+ (1) 856 423 3156
+ (1) 856 423 3420
National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
DESCRIPTION : National Association of Jewelry Appraisers was formed in 1981. The soul aim of this body is to recognize, and make available, the services of highly qualified professional appraisers of gems and jewelry to those who want to become professional appraisers.
P. O. Box 18 Rego Park, New York, NY 11374-0018, USA
+ (1) 718 896 1536
+ (1) 718 997 9057
Jewelers of America
DESCRIPTION : Jewelers of America is national association that is dedicated to retail jewelers. It provides support to all its members in improving their business skills and profitability. This association is working towards building professionalism and great standards in the jewelers since 1906. JA represents 11,000 jewelry outlets all over America.
52 Vanderbilt Ave, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA
+ (1) 646 658 0246
+ (1) 646 658 0256
Jewelry Design Professionals' Network
DESCRIPTION : Founded in 1998, JDPN aims at developing a comprehensive awareness of the American Jewelry Design Community throughout the country.
12 East 41st Street, Suite 701, New York, NY 10017, USA
+ (1) 631 254 3020
+ (1) 631 264 6107
Jewelry Information Center
DESCRIPTION : Jewelry Information Center was set up in 1946 in New York as a non-profit trade body comprising of about 1000 manufacturers, designers, retailers and trade associations of jewelry and watches throughout the country. The JIC provides its members all the information about fine jewelry,tips about shopping and cleaning jewelry, jewelry history and latest trends in jewelry.
52 Vanderbilt Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA
+ (1) 646 658 0240
+ (1) 646 658 0245
American Herbal Products Association
DESCRIPTION : The American Herbal Products Association was founded in 1982. AHPA is a sole national trade association that is dedicated to natural herbs and herbal products industry and other health related products. The members of AHPA are the people involved in plantation, processing, manufacturing and marketing of natural herbal products.
8484 Georgia Ave., Suite 370, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
+ (1) 301 588 1171
+ (1) 301 588 1174
Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrance Association
DESCRIPTION : Cosmetics, Toiletry, Fragrance Association is a leading trade association for the personal care products industry, having more than 600 companies as its members.The CFTA provides many services including scientific, legal, regulatory and legislative services which supports the needs for the personal care products industry.
1101, 17th Street, NW Suite 300 Washington, D.C. 20036-4702, USA
+ (1) 202 331 1770
+ (1) 202 331 1969
Natural Products Association
DESCRIPTION : Established in 1936, this body is one of USA's largest and oldest non-profit organization, comprising of more than 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, as its members. The main motive of the association is to protect the rights of the consumers of the consumers of these products so that they get good quality natural products.
1773 T Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
+ (1) 202 223 0101
+ (1) 202 223 0250
Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors
DESCRIPTION : Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors is a non-profit trade body dedicated to cosmetic entrepreneurs throughout the country. It provides programs and services for innovative companies involved in manufacturing cosmetic and personal care products.
1220 W. Northwest Hwy Palatine, Illinois 60067, USA
+ (1) 800 334 2623
+ (1) 847 991 8161
Cosmetic Ingredients Review
DESCRIPTION : The Cosmetic Ingredients Review was set up in the year 1976, with the core aim of reviewing and assessing the quality of ingredients used in cosmetic products in an impartial manner, and publishes the results in a clear format. This association was established with the support of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association under the aegis of U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
1101, 17th St. N. W. Suite 412, Washington D. C. 20036-4702, USA
+ (1) 202 331 0651
+(1) 202 331 0088
Professional Beauty Association
DESCRIPTION : Professional Beauty Association is a not-for-profit trade body representing the wide interests of the professional beauty industry ranging from manufacturers and distributors to salons and spas. The PBA provides education, business tools and advises to businessmen involved in the beauty industry. The mission of PBA is to improve and enhance the performance of professionals engaged in beauty industry.
15825 N. 71st Street, Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
+ (1) 480 281 0424
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