The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. AAFA is a trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its nearly four million U.S. workers, and its contribution of more than $400 billion in annual U.S. retail sales.
A family-owned company with approximately 1,000 employees and headquarters in Bönnigheim, Germany, Hohenstein Institute customizes testing and research around the world to advance the industry. As an internationally recognized and reliable partner, Hohenstein supports companies along the supply chain in successfully bringing their products to the market - from quality and functionality testing to knowledge transfer to product launch and marketing support.
As the only college in the United States devoted entirely to textiles, Wilson College of Textiles at NC State is a recognized as the #1 textiles institution in the world. Originally established to support North Carolina's budding textile industry, it is a global leader in textile innovation and supports a culture of creativity and curiosity while advancing environmental stewardship and economic sustainability. Wilson College has supported the formation of interdisciplinary teams to address society’s textile-related grand challenges, from how to protect our armed forces and first responders and advance technologies for sustainable fashion, to how to filter the air we breathe and water we drink.
Outdoor Insight Magazine, a Formula4Media publication, covers the specialty outdoor market delivering cutting edge reporting to all readers. From new products shaking up the retail climate to outdoor market trends moving into each season, Outdoor Insight provides perspective and analysis for consumer insight.
PERFORMANCE DAYS® founded the functional fabric fair in Munich for the sourcing of high performance functional fabrics and accessories. With 297 exhibitors from 29 nations, PERFORMANCE DAYS shows the latest trends in fabric development for the functional textile industry. The fair attracts the major international manufacturers and nearly all of the well-known sportswear and active clothing brands as well as the sportive fashion collection industry with its complete selection of high quality materials. A core piece of the functional fabric fair in Munich (and those in the US) is the PERFORMANCE FORUM which highlights the newest innovations and developments – with the PERFORMANCE (ECO) AWARD handed to the most innovative/sustainable product of the fair.
Sourcing Journal Media, LLC, a leader in B2B trade media, produces publications and events under the Sourcing Journal, Vamp and Rivet brands. It is a resource for specific industries including apparel and footwear, offering essential news, expert commentary and in-depth analysis. Sourcing Journal’s parent company, Penske Media Corporation (PMC), is a leading digital media company, publishing, and information Services Company founded in 2003.
Sportstextiles.com went live in 2001 as the news portal to complement World Sports Activewear (WSA) magazine. More than 100 stories from all over the world, covering developments in textiles and finished products, go live on the site every month, allowing users to access the latest industry news and product launches on a daily basis.
WSA magazine - widely recognised as the World’s leading publication for material development in the activewear market, has been running for 10 years. Published six times a year, the magazine provides details of all of the important commercial and technical developments within what is one of the world's most dynamic and globally integrated industrial businesses.
Founded as the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), the Association continues to evolve to meet the needs of those in the ever-changing textile and materials industries. AATCC has served textile professionals since 1921. Today, the Association provides test method development, quality control materials, education, and professional networking for a global audience.
The Apparel News Group, owned by TLM Publishing Inc., has been in business since 1945. The omni-channel media group covers the largest apparel center in the country and its influence worldwide. It produces a weekly print and digital publication in addition to several specialized supplements throughout the year; e-newsletters/e-blasts; a daily updated website; plus native advertising, video, and classifieds opportunities.
Circulation consists of department, chain, and specialty-store buyers; manufacturers of apparel, textiles, and accessories; as well as the suppliers of services and products, including finance, technology, real estate, sourcing, freight and logistics, legal, findings and trimmings, branding, and more. The print paper is distributed at more than 100 trade shows a year and at Los Angeles Fashion District buildings every week.