Search a comprehensive industry-market research database which covers every US industry with a 5-digit NAICS code. IBISWorld offers also similarly detailed research on selected industries in China and worldwide.
Search comprehensive histories of 8,500 of the world's largest and most influential companies, including company development and background, merger and acquisition history, impact of sales and marketing campaigns, effectiveness of executive leadership, expansions and strategies, labor/management actions, and stock exchanges.
Provides research reports covering European, U.K., and U.S. consumer markets. The reports analyze market drivers, sizes and trends, market segmentation, along with consumer attitudes and purchasing habits.
"Representing more than 1,000 world famous name brands, we are the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its nearly four million U.S. workers, and its contribution of $384 billion in annual U.S. retail sales."
"With over 30,000 members, the American Marketing Association brings together marketing professionals and academics from all over the world to share techniques, technology and, most of all, exciting new ideas."
"Founded as the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), the Association continues to evolve to meet the needs of those in the ever-changing textile and materials industries. AATCC has served textile professionals since 1921. Today, the Association provides test method development, quality control materials, education, and professional networking for a global audience."
Open to both men and women, CEW is a member organization for the beauty industry. Its website provides information on career development, job postings, events and brief consumer reports (sign up may be required to access some materials).
"The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association whose membership consists of more than 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers."
"The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit, professionalorganization 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."
This site provides daily fashion news and industry insight. While access to all material requires professional membership, fashion student's are able to register for free membership through sponsorship by TopShop.
This sites provides news on the media and marketing industries, with many articles touching on the fashion industry. While a subscription is required to access some content, a great deal is available for free.
"Fashionista is a source of fashion news, criticism and career advice with a monthly readership of more than 2.5 million. As one of the most influential voices covering fashion, Fashionista is an agenda-setter for the industry as well as influential fashion-focused consumers."
Glossy (a branch of Digiday) is “media brand exploring the intersection of fashion and luxury through the lens of digital and tech.” While non-subscribers are limited in the number of articles they can read, they can sign up to receive free daily newsletter on the fashion industry.
Just-style is a news service and market research site for the apparel and textile industry. Access to much of the site is through paid subscription, however, access to a limited number of monthly articles and insight pieces may be gained by registering as a free user.
"The Association of Magazine Media is the primary advocate and voice for the magazine media industry, driving thought leadership and game‐changing strategies to promote the industry’s vitality, increase its revenues and grow market share." While some information is available only to members, visitors can consult past reports showing magazine rankings and many current facts about the industry.
New York magazine features extensive on-line fashion resources including news articles, blogs, and an events calendar as well as topical videos and slideshows. Street style is highlighted in the well-known Look Book link which features photographic portraits and brief interviews with stylish New Yorkers. Click on the Shows, Designers or Models links and search alphabetically to bring up helpful profile information as well as runway photographs.
The Robin Report is a consulting business focusing on strategies in the new-world and old-world retail sectors and related consumer product industries. Visitors may wish search topics for frequent posts or download podcasts on the state of retailing.
This is a membership site, however, a few areas of the site may be accessed without subscription. KSU Fashion Design and Merchandising students and faculty have access through a limited number of seats.
Internet Resources: Fashion Industry Directories and Resources
This website serves as a "directory designed specifically for members of the clothing & fashion accessories industry." The website provides links to hundreds of resources including businesses and associations (U.S. and world), schools, publications and trade shows as well as information on a variety of topics including customs regulations, care labels and clothing conversion charts.
The UK-based Arts Thread website is aimed at connecting Design Arts students and graduates (fashion, craft and VC), and the creative industry. "For the first time ever, design students, graduates, universities, schools and the creative industry can network worldwide." Students may upload their visual portfolios, find basic career advice, read about exhibits and follow the blog.
FashionUnited is a world-wide platform for the fashion industry including news articles, job listings, discussion groups and educational information. Visitors can register for free and receive a weekly business-to-business newsletter. This site also has a Jobs Center area, where visitors can search for positions in specific parts of the world as well as post their own CV.
The FTC's databases allows users to search for "businesses located in the United States that manufacture, import, distribute, or sell most textile and wool products and fur clothing." Users can search by company name, product or business type.
Fiber2Fashion is a "business-to-business market place for the Textile and Apparel industries that facilitates sourcing and marketing requirements; carries media & research activities and provides first-hand information on various aspects of textile, apparel and fashion industry globally." Visitors can search the site's sourcing directory.
The Garment District NYC is a nonprofit corporation which promotes New York City's apparel industry. The website includes a map of the district, a list of fashion-related events by month, as well as an economic report for the area.
"The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is dedicated to the removal of barriers that impede the free movement of textile and apparel products to the United States and international markets." Non-members can access older Sourcing Trends & Outlook reports for the industry.