American Advertising Federation (AAF)
The American Advertising Federation protects and promotes the well-being of advertising. We accomplish this through a unique, nationally coordinated grassroots network of advertisers, agencies, media companies, local advertising clubs and college chapters.
Here’s what the AAF does:
- Brings members together to yield creative business solutions.
- Protects and promotes advertising at all levels of government through grassroots activities.
- Educates members on the latest trends in technology, creativity and marketing.
- Provides programs to assist local association volunteer leadership.
- Presents the industry with its future leaders.
- Honors advertising excellence.
- Promotes diversity in advertising by encouraging the recruitment of people of diverse cultures.
- Applies the communication skills of its members to help solve community concerns.
Fashion, California Community College- FCS
Fashion is one of the largest, well-established industries in California. Fashion curriculum is designed to provide a career technical program of study for students interested in pursuing a career in Fashion: Merchandising, Design, Production, and Textiles. Courses within the curriculum will also provide part of the undergraduate requirements necessary for those students wising to transfer to a four-year institution.
American Marketing Association (AMA)
The American Marketing Association (AMA) was established in 1937 by visionaries in marketing and academia. Today, the AMA has grown to be one of the largest marketing associations in the world, with over 30,000 members who work, teach and study in the field of marketing across the globe.
As the leading organization for marketers, AMA is the trusted go-to resource for marketers and academics. We are counted on as the most credible marketing resource where our members can stay relevant with knowledge, training and tools to enhance lifelong learning and obtain valuable information and connections.
The AMA is constantly innovating and evolving, helping to shape the field as well as keep abreast of the changing global marketplace to help our members excel in their careers.
No other organization provides more ways for marketers and academics to connect with the people and resources they need to be successful.
California Fashion Association (CFA)
CFA is a non-profit, public benefit Association, dealing with all the significant issues affecting the apparel and textile industry of California.
- Industry Networking
- Defining the industry’s economic impact
- Global sourcing and export issues
- Labor law compliance defined
- Advancement of fashion education
Costume Society of America (CSA)
The Costume Society of America advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance. We work to stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of costume. The Costume Society of America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded on March 23, 1973 and incorporated in the state of New York on September 12, 1973.
The Costume Society of America serves it members, and promotes its goals with national symposia and publications including the annual journal DRESS, its quarterly newsletter CSA News and the monthly electronic newsletter CSA E-News.
The Fashion Group International (FGI)
The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit, professional organization with 5000 members in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home. The FGI mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers. To do this, FGI provides insights on major trends in person, online and in print; access to business professionals and a gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace.
Fashion Business Incorporated (FBI)
The Fashion Business, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides the fashion industry with entrepreneurial development, resources and training, to support its growth and profitability. The Fashion Business Inc (FBI) offers targeted business education,sourcing, networking opportunities, marketing and consulting services through its resource center and business partnerships. FBI exists to ensure the ongoing vibrancy of the American fashion industry.
Since its inception in 1999, the FBI has worked with more than 5,500 existing and emerging fashion entrepreneurs and manufacturers. Ninety percent of FBI’s clients are women and minorities.
The FBI’s entrepreneurial, displaced and incumbent worker training programs promote new business and job creation, and the profitable retention of workers, which in turn strengthen local economies and the overall health of the domestic apparel industry.
The FBI is headquartered in a 7,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in the California Market Center in Los Angeles.
International Textile Apparel Association (ITAA)
ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. ITAA welcomes professionals employed in those fields who wish to join with members of the Association in the pursuit of knowledge, interchange of ideas, and dissemination of knowledge through meetings, special events, and publications.
The International Textile and Apparel Association promotes the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge and is a primary resource for its members in strengthening leadership and service to society.
Retail Design Institute (RDI)
The Retail Design Institute promotes the advancement and collaborative practice of creating selling environments.
The Retail Design Institute works with colleges and universities to develop retail design programs. We continue to work toward a degreed specialty in retail design through both architecture and design schools.
The Retail Design Institute promotes continuing education to improve the skill sets of working professionals. Each Chapter is required to hold at least four Continuing Education meetings each year. Most Chapters are AIA & IIDA CEU providers.
The Retail Design Institute reaches out to the Retail Community at large through workshops and seminars, highlighting new and noteworthy trends, and accomplishments in retailing and retail store design.
Textile Association of Los Angeles (TALA)
The Textile Association of Los Angeles (TALA) provides the California Apparel and Textile Industry with a network of assistance for domestic and international markets. TALA offers information to manufacturers, importers, agents, and allied global associations.
- The Textile Association of Los Angeles (TALA) is a membership based organization of professionals engaged in textile sales, manufacturing, and the processes related to apparel and accessories.
- TALA provides valuable information to its members and the apparel, accessory, and home furnishings industries.
- Membership is open to fabric representatives, textile producers and mills, dye houses, specialty service providers, and professional services.
- Membership in the Textile Association of Los Angeles provides a business-2-business link with manufacturing communities and it’s suppliers.
TALA IS AFFILIATED WITH THE CALIFORNIA FASHION ASSOCIATION, and together, we will continue to create international awareness of California’s significant position as one of the largest distribution centers for fashion merchandise globally.