The American Apparel and Footwear Association celebrated the opening of its new Washington, D.C., headquarters on Sept. 13.
The industry organization hosted friends of the footwear and fashion industry at the new offices, which are in the heart of downtown D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood, at 740 6th St. NW. Previously the offices were in nearby Arlington, Va.
“We are here at the corner of 6th & H Street. Let this be the corner where the fashion industry and policy intersect and where we will help government and industry work side by side,” said Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of AAFA, at the opening party.
Guests at the ribbon-cutting event included Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, U.S. International Trade Commission commissioner Meredith Broadbent, Ambassador Susan Coppedge from the State Department and Bill Jackson of the U.S. Office of the Trade Representative. Also on hand were representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and delegates from Canada, the United Kingdom, Israel, Bahrain and Lithuania. Rob DeMartini, president and CEO of New Balance and AAFA chairman of the board, also attended.