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In today's international trade environment it becomes entirely essential to have access not only to information but also to an international network that gives a better understanding of the changes and challenges of the Global Textile Industry. Various International Textile Associations are serving this purpose by bringing together the representatives of the textile industry worldwide for exchanging views and for learning from each other. We here present a catalogue of major International Textile Associations.



International Formalwear Association

Profile : The International Formalwear Association is the leading professional organization representing men's formalwear. It includes all the industry segments- specialists, suppliers, wholesalers and consultants- of men's formalwear and aims at promoting and stimulating greater recognition, use and acceptance of men's formalwear.

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Contact Address : 246 E. Main St. Galesburg, Il. 61401

Garment Contractors Association of Southern California Inc. (GCA)

Profile : GCA represents the fashion apparel sewing contractors, cutting contractors, other garment contractors and suppliers of California and other states. It's website is a source for finding free referrals to professional sewing, cutting and related services. It is also affiliated with other organizations such as Apparel Contractors Alliance of California, and the Employers Group in order to help promote the interests of its members and increase their benefits.

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Contact Address : California Market Center 110 East 9th Street Suite A701 Los Angeles, CA 90079      information@garmentcontractors.org
  (213) 629-4422
  (213) 629-4517

Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA)

Profile : IRMA, the statewide professional retail organizations in the United States represents more than 23,000 stores of all sizes and merchandise lines. It serves as the voice of retailing and the business community in state government. It helps small and large companies to get the best service at the lowest cost. It also publishes monthly, weekly, and technical publications to give retailers information about State and local laws, regulations and critical issues directly impacting their businesses.

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Contact Address : IRMA - Chicago 19 South LaSalle Street Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60603      info@irma.org

National Association for Retail Marketing Services (NARMS)

Profile : NARMS is the legal forum which brings together all facets of the retail services industry - retailer, manufacturer, and retail service company - to network, and discuss common issues and common solutions. Its current 502 member companies includes merchandising service organizations; event marketing, mystery shopping and demonstration companies; professional installation companies; independent food brokers, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers and associates. The members gather each year at two conferences- The spring conference and annual meeting in April and the IFBA Top-to-Top Conference in May.

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Contact Address : 2417 Post Road Stevens Point, WI 54481      dborschke@narms.com
  (715) 342-0948
  (715) 342-1943

North-American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD)

Profile : NAUMD is a trade association representing interests of its over 450 members who manufacture, design, produce, and/or sell uniforms and uniform accessories or who provide products and/or services to the uniform industry. It presents the related issues to the public, appropriate federal, state, and local governmental agencies, consumers and trade news media. It also disseminates information and facilitates communication among members through its annual Membership Directory & Resource Guide, Newsletters, Annual Convention & Exposition, Regional Events and other programs & services.

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Contact Address : 336 West 37th Street - Suite 370, New York, NY 10018      rjlerman@naumd.com


Profile : SEAMS is a National Association for the Sewn Products Industry. Its member companies represent all the segments of the complete supply chain and offer networking, contract sourcing, exposure, consultation services, professional education & training, and placement for management & key personnel jobs. it also offers special insurance packages, workers' comp coverage, web hosting & design, transportation & logistics, business supplies, marketing & consulting. It is a sourcing destination which provides anything that is needed to produce a sewn product.

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Contact Address : 4921-C Broad River Rd. Columbia, SC 29212    (803) 772-5861
 (803) 731-7709

Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA)

Profile : SPESA is an industry association for suppliers to the sewn products industry including apparel, upholstered furniture, home textiles, transportation interiors, leather goods, footwear, and industrial textiles. The suppliers may be manufacturing and distributing machinery, equipment, and related parts & supplies, systems, technology, supply chain solutions, or other products & services used for producing sewn products. It gives voice to its members, provides forum for sharing industry-specific and general business information & social interaction and also promotes and showcases their products and services.

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Contact Address : 9650 Strickland Road Suite 103-324 Raleigh, North Carolina 27615 USA      info@spesa.org
  +01 (919) 872-8909
  +01 (919) 872-1915

National Childrenswear Association (NCWA)

Profile : The National Childrenswear Association of Great Britain and Ireland is dedicated to promoting the Childrenswear Industry, both in the UK and abroad. Its membership is open to Manufacturers, Retailers and Agents throughout the EU as well as other countries worldwide. It gives expert advice on legal & other issues to its members, provides a meeting platform to them, helps in promoting their business, and represents their interests at different forums.

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Contact Address : 5 Portland Place, London W1B 1PW      enquiries@ncwa.co.uk
  +44 (0)207 631 5445
  +44 (0)207 631 3443

Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF)

Profile : CAF offers membership to both, the Canadian-based firms that design, manufacture or market apparel, and to the industry suppliers. It provides key business and technical information to its members, undertakes targeted government relations, delivers insightful interpretation of national and international issues, develops innovative, industry-wide tools and programs, promotes the industry in key markets, and provides valuable discounts on industry goods and services.

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Contact Address : 124 O'Connor St. Suite 504 Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5M9      info@apparel.ca
 (613) 231-3220
  (613) 231-2305

The European Apparel and Textile Organisation (EURATEX)

Profile : EURATEX aims at promoting the interests of its members while taking into account the European Union's institutional framework and its international obligations. It seeks to ensure smooth transition into the quota-free era, expansion of EU exports of textiles and clothing, promotion of legislation and its application in the field of intellectual property, measures for environmental protection along with acceptability to the industry, promotion of research, development, innovation and other educational or social projects, constructive social dialogue at EU level with other social partners, and dissemination of economic and statistical data to its members.

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Contact Address : 24, rue Montoyer; Bte. 10 B-1000 Brussels      info@euratex.org

The Clothing Manufacturers Association Of India (CMAI)

Profile : CMAI, the representative Association of the Indian apparel industry has over 20,000 companies as its member including readymade garment manufacturers, exporters, retailers and ancillary industry. The Association interacts with the Government on matters of policies that impact the future of apparel industry. It organizes annual trade fairs. it also runs a testing laboratory to test the physical and chemical characteristics of yarn, fabrics and garments which is open to members as well as non-members. It has been authorized by the Government of India to issue Certificate of Origin (Non-Preferential) to Exporters. It also publishes a monthly trade magazine, 'Apparel'.

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Contact Address : 902, Mahalaxmi Chambers, 22, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai- 400026      cmai@vsnl.com
  +91 (022) - 2353 82 45, 2353 89 86, 2352 51 68
  +91 (022) -2351 59 08

The International Apparel Federation (IAF)

Profile : IAF is a politically neutral global association whose members include national clothing associations and companies having core business of sourcing, designing, development, manufacturing, distribution, and retailing of apparel products. Its associate members include educational institutions and companies that supply textiles, accessories, equipment, technology, and services to the apparel industry. It collects and disseminates information, statistical, benchmarking and otherwise, on developments in apparel design, manufacturing, distribution, sourcing, trade and technology.

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Contact Address : P.O.Box 428, 3700 AK ZEIST, The Netherlands      vanstaden@iafnet.com
  +31 30 - 232 09 08
  +31 30 - 232 09 99

China National Garment Association (CNGA)

Profile : CNGA is a nationwide intermediary organization of China's garment industry providing garment-related services for government, industry and society. It has over 1400 major members covering most of apparel brands in China. It enhances communication and coordination with upstream and downstream industries, enterprises and governments, accelerates cooperation with international institutes and strives to create a favorable atmosphere for the development of Chinese apparel enterprises.

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Contact Address :      contact@cnga.org.cn
  86 10 85229073
  86 10 85229461


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