Associations & Magazines

Published: Apr 26, 2011
Last Updated: Jul 4, 2018
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Associations & Magazines Are Great Sources of Industry Information

In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.


Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.

Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF) | The CAF is the national association for Canada's apparel industry. CAF represents the industry, and is a source for information and advice on national and international issues, and for industry-specific services. Follow the association on Twitter - @caf_apparel

American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) | The national (US) trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. Try starting with Tools and Research.

Fashion Group International (Canada) | The Fashion Group is a global non-profit organization of executives, designers and entrepreneurs in more than thirty chapters around the world.


ASAE Gateway to Associations Directory
Use this directory to search for an association by name, interest area, or international geographic location (including Canada and BC). You can also search using a combination of various fields.


Magazines / Trade Journals

Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online. 

Apparel Strategist
The Apparel Strategist Newsletter is the premier business journal of the apparel and textile industries.

Vancouver Fashion Ezine / Fame'd Magazine
The Vancouver Fashion eZine promotes the best local talent by featuring some of the most creative people (designers, photographers, make-up artists, stylists, models etc.) in every magazine issue. Scheduled for publication 9 times per year.


Try searching Ulrichs Periodical Directory to develop a list of important trade publications in your industry.