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Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles

Resources for research in apparel, merchandising, design, and textiles.

Internet Links

American Apparel & Footwear Association.  The national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers.

The Fashion Group International.  A global, non-profit, professional organization in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home.

iaf.  International Apparel Federation.  A worldwide knowledge network that collects and disseminates information, statistical, benchmarking and otherwise, on developments in apparel design, manufacturing, distribution, sourcing, trade and technology.

U.S. International Trade Association.  Office of Textiles and Apparel. (OTEXA)  0versees programs and strategies to improve the domestic and international competitiveness of the U.S. fiber, textiles and apparel industries and to assist importers and retailers in facilitating fair trade practices affecting textiles and apparel goods.

National Retail Federation.  Advances the interests of the retail industry through advocacy, communications and education.

Pacific Northwest Apparel Association.  Operates the NW Trend Show.

California Apparel News.  Provides online news about the apparel and related industries, focusing on California.

Apparel Search.  A business to business database for the apparel and textile industry.

Databases, Indexes, Specialized Resources

WWD Online

Provides daily business news and key fashion trends to retailers, designers, manufacturers, marketers, financiers, and Wall Street analysts.

Electronic Reference Books


Market Share Reporter. Presents market share data on over four thousand companies, and 2,500 products, facilities, and brands. Several entries are usually available under each industry.

Print Reference Books

Washington State Retail Survey.  Holland and Terrell Reference HF5429.3 W2 W37

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