Professional Organizations for Retail Merchandising

American Collegiate Retail Association (ACRA)

The purpose of the American Collegiate Retailing Association  (ACRA)  is to foster quality retail education at four-year college and graduate schools. It has important commitments to teaching of retailing, retail research, and administration of academic retail programs.

American Marketing Association (AMA)

AMA is a professional association for individuals and organizations involved in the practice, teaching and study of marketing worldwide. It is also the source that marketers turn to every day for information/resources, education/training and professional networking.

Minnesota also has a state chapter. 

Costume Society of America (CSA)

The Costume Society of America advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance. They work to stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of costume.

Fashion Group International (FGI)

FGI is a global, non-profit organization in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home.  Minneapolis/St. Paul also has a local chapter. 

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA)

The ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education.

Textile Society of America (TSA)

The Textile Society of America, Inc. provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives.