American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) refers to the national trade association representing apparel, footwear, and other sewn products companies, which compete in the global marketplace. AAFA was formed in August 2000 through the merger of two highly regarded trade associations: the American Apparel and Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Footwear Industries of America (FIA). AAFA has a broad, strong membership base and its mission is to promote and enhance its members' competitiveness, productivity and profitability in the global market by minimizing regulatory, legal, commercial, political and trade restraints.
AAFA seeks to achieve this mission by:
(1) Representing the points of view and pursuing the concerns of AAFA members before the public and all branches of government to advance the association's legislative, international trade and regulatory objectives.
(2) Ensuring that individuals employed in the sewn products industries are afforded opportunities, and are treated with fairness and respect.
(3) Communicating information to promote the apparel, footwear and other sewn products industries worldwide.
(4) Creating a favorable environment for the advancement and exchange of best practices and technological innovations.
Presently, Kevin M. Burke is the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AAFA.