About IAF

The International Apparel Federation (IAF) is the world’s leading federation for apparel manufacturers, (SME) brands, their associations, and the supporting industry. IAF’s membership now includes apparel associations and companies from more than 40 countries, a membership that directly and indirectly represents over a hundred thousand companies and over 20 million employees. IAF brings its members together to jointly create stronger, smarter and more sustainable supply chains, it provides its members with valuable information and guidance and it represents its members on several international platforms working incessantly on more industry standardisation and harmonisation, industry collaboration and inclusiveness of solutions.

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Update STTI June 2023

Several apparel manufacturing industry associations, united in…

Announcement First Keynote Speaker Convention Philadelphia

Industry Veteran Tom Glaser To Join as Keynote Speaker at 38th…

Registration for the 38th World Fashion Convention Now Open!

IAF and SPESA are proud to announce that the registration for…

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RSS Manufactured Podcasts

  • 88. How it’s made: On Leather with Vijay Suvarna 30 May 2023
    We’re going back to our conversation from May 2021 with Vijay Suvarna, who takes us through the production process of leather from inspection to grading and pricing. Vijay spent many years as the CSR and Sustainability Manager for Asiatan, a tannery that manufactures leathers including cowhide, sheep, goat, and suedes. He takes Kim and Jessie […]
  • 87. How it’s Made: On Wool with Marianne Mclean-Atkins 16 May 2023
    On this episode, we’re taking a deep dive into wool production with Marianne Mclean-Atkins, a textile designer and knitwear specialist with 20 years of experience working as an in-house designer for Asia-based apparel suppliers, doing everything from concept to execution. She is currently Sustainable Fashion Education Director at Redress in Hong Kong. We go through […]
  • 86. How it’s made: On Virgin & Recycled Polyester with Sharon Chen 2 May 2023
    On this week’s episode, we discuss the production process of a pretty infamous material – polyester, or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and recycled PET, to be precise. Kim is joined by Sharon Chen, the Director Of Business Development at Baichuan Resources Recycling, a leading manufacturer of recycled textiles in China, who speaks about how virgin and […]
  • 85. Everyday Essentialism: On Differentiating “Brands” from “Suppliers” 13 December 2022
    We all know that there’s a kind of essentialism that happens in conversations about sustainable fashion (and beyond). It’s shorthand that artificially groups together very diverse groups of people and lumps them according to a single or several defining features. This episode is an open discussion of two such terms: “brand” and “supplier.”

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