The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) represents the fashion industry: textile and apparel brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. Founded in 1989 as the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel with the goal of eliminating the global apparel quota system, USFIA now works to eliminate the tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the industry’s ability to trade freely and create economic opportunities in the United States and abroad. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., USFIA is the most respected voice for the fashion industry in front of the U.S. government as well as international governments and stakeholders. With constant, two-way communication, USFIA staff and counsel serve as the eyes and ears of our members in Washington and around the world, enabling them to stay ahead of the regulatory challenges of today and tomorrow. Through our publications, educational events, and networking opportunities, USFIA also connects with key stakeholders across the value chain including U.S. and International service providers, suppliers, and industry groups.
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DescriptionBased on 2012 sourcing survey results from the FDRA (Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America), Matt Priest of FDRA and fellow footwear panelists share their views on the present and future of footwear sourcing: Will ongoing changes in China's economy, worker demands, currency manipulation and domestic demand impact how and where footwear brands and retailers source product? Will China continue to dominate the market? Will we see a return to the sourcing of footwear in other regions such as Italy, Brazil, Africa and others?
Matt Priest, PRESIDENT, FOOTWEAR DISTRIBUTORS AND RETAILERS OF AMERICA (FDRA)
Ron Sorini, FORMER AMBASSADOR and ATTORNEY, SORINI, SAMET & ASSOCIATES
Bryan Collins, PRESIDENT, TOPLINE CORP.