Strategic Partnerships Group

Our network of partners gains the unique opportunity to join with our Members and work to mutually develop progressive ideas and new business.

The CFDA’s Strategic Partnerships Group (SPG)  is a community of high profile businesses, both in the fashion industry and outside, which creates custom programming that meets their needs while providing tangible value to CFDA members. The purpose of SPG is to create strategic access, value, and opportunity for new business development with the shared vision of supporting CFDA members and their businesses.

Corporate Affiliates are businesses who join the CFDA and gain access to the membership by creating meaningful business driven benefits for CFDA members. In addition, Corporate Affiliates host educational events or roundtables related to their industry expertise and make their services accessible to CFDA members at the most relevant and senior level.


Corporate Affiliates

  • Barbie (Mattel) [Show Info]

  • Century 21 [Show Info]

    Century 21 Department Store is a legendary New York City retailer offering top designer merchandise at incredibly low prices. For over 50 years, C21 has kept stylish shoppers dressed in the biggest names in fashion. With the best style at up to 65% off of retail 100% of the time. Century first opened its doors in downtown Manhattan in 1961 and expanded to a total of eight stores across the New York/New Jersey area. Shoppers can now go online to shop the same high-fashion, low-price apparel found in stores. Everything from top designer men’s, women’s and children’s looks to cosmetics, handbags, shoes, lingerie, housewares, luggage and more are available at C21 for unbeatable prices every single day.  
  • Designers & Agents [Show Info]

    Designers & Agents®, now in its 16th year, is an independent, international trade fair known for changing the landscape of the modern trade show experience. A key destination for international retailers and designers who lead the way in the advanced contemporary and emerging designer market; D&A is known for its careful curation of each category, with a focused point of view in womens ready to wear, accessories, and lifestyle. D&A’s 6 yearly shows are held in New York and Los Angeles; each season it  presents over 400 brands from the United States, Europe, Japan and around the World.
  • eBay Marketplaces [Show Info]

    Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay connects millions of buyers and sellers globally on a daily basis through the world’s largest online marketplace.  With more than 90 million active users globally, their collective impact on e-commerce is staggering: In 2009, the total worth of goods sold on eBay was $60 billion — $2,000 every second. eBay recently introduced eBay Fashion (, a new enhanced shopping destination for clothing, shoes and accessories on the world’s largest online marketplace.  With advanced features and a stylish new look, eBay Fashion delivers a richer, more visual shopping experience that surfaces and showcases the incredible selection of new, vintage, branded and designer merchandise available on eBay.
  • Editorialist [Show Info]

    Editorialist is the premiere online magazine and e-commerce featuring the top edit in luxury accessories and fine jewelry. It is the only online or brick-and-mortar destination focused exclusively on the luxury accessories market. In an editorial-meets-commerce concept that connects the dots between aspiration and access, Editorialist allows the reader click-to-buy access to pieces shot throughout the seasonal magazines and weekly editorial updates. Editorialist also features a straight e-boutique interface that allows the user to shop the top edit of the best accessories in the market, as selected by the on-staff editors. Editorialist is the authority on the hottest, newest, and latest in the world of accessories. Editorialist buys inventory in the designers and product it edits in to its seasonal buys. It also offers a white glove concierge service to complement its e-commerce transactions. On-staff stylists and concierge specialists are accessible to provide the added value of styling services, assist with door-to-door package tracking, and assist in facilitating bespoke orders. Editorialist’s underlying focus is on the highest degree of attention to customer service, including expedited order processing and delivery. Editorialist also offers customers free domestic ground shipping and same-day messenger service option in NYC. About the founders: Kate Davidson Hudson comes from years of fashion editorial experience covering the luxury women's fashion and accessories market. After tenures at Surface magazine, Harper's Bazaar and, most recently, as the Accessories Director at ELLE, she has covered all of the top-tier fashion markets in Milan, Paris, and New York, including the jewelry and watch fairs in Geneva, Basel and Las Vegas. Her experience also includes freelance styling experience, launching and directing content for ELLE Accessories online in March 2010, launching the ELLE Accessories File in April 2010, and directing content for the 2012 relaunch of ELLE Accessories. Stefania Palandjoglou Allen started her career running the ecommerce operation for Miss Nics- an online women's fashion boutique based in Houston, Texas. Soon after, she moved over to fashion editorial, working in the fashion departments of Instyle, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, and most recently Senior Accessories Editor at ELLE, where she covered the accessories and fine jewelry markets. Stefania also has experience styling and with on-set production.
  • Established Brands [Show Info]

    Established Brands is a go-to-market company focused on bringing exciting, innovative, merchandising strategies, ideas, and products to our retail and manufacturing partners. EBI works collaboratively with retail and manufacturing partners on category and product invention and reinvention initiatives across retail channels and around the world. We thrive on making things happen at retail and developing extraordinary and mutually beneficial relationships with our retail and manufacturing partners.
  • Intel [Show Info]

    Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available and and about Intel's conflict-free efforts at
  • Karen Harvey Consulting Group [Show Info]

    Karen Harvey Consulting Group is an international consulting firm that serves a select group client companies in Fashion, Luxury and Retail. The firm is widely recognized for its executive search division, which is responsible for placing creative directors, CEOs, and senior level management teams for some of our industry's most important brands. The firm's philosophy is based on the belief that no one client is exactly like another, and therefore all projects are customized to suit the needs of each client company. Additionally, the firm has a Professional Development Division which is focused on presenting Storytelling Workshops, and their Brand Incubation Division assists both designers who are members of the CFDA as well as international designers who are seeking advice in developing their brands, their infrastructure, and in further developing the reach of their brand or vision.
  • Lexus [Show Info]

    Since its debut in 1989, Lexus has earned a reputation for high-quality products and exemplary customer service from its 231 dealers. Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader, offering five hybrids that provide the best in innovative technology and first-class luxury. When it began, Lexus offered two models of vehicles. Now, more than 20 years later, Lexus offers variations of 10 vehicles, from the sporty CT 200h hybrid to the V10 supercar, the LFA. In 2010 Lexus created the  CFDA/LEXUS ECO FASHION CHALLENGE to support CFDA Members’ fashion shows/presentations.
  • Li & Fung [Show Info]

    Li & Fung Limited is the Hong Kong-headquartered multinational group and recognized as the world’s leader in consumer goods design, development, sourcing and distribution. The Company specializes in supply chain management of high-volume, time-sensitive goods for leading retailers and brands worldwide via an extensive global network.   Li & Fung Limited provides sophisticated, one-stop-shop supply chain solutions to meet customers’ specific needs. From product design, raw material sourcing and production management to quality control, logistics, shipping and other important functions, its spectrum of services covers the entire supply chain end-to-end.
  • Luxottica Group [Show Info]

    Luxottica Group is a leader in premium, luxury and sports eyewear with approximately 7,100 optical and sun retail stores in North America, Asia-Pacific, China, South Africa, Latin America and Europe, and a strong, well-balanced brand portfolio. House brands include Ray-Ban, the world’s most famous sun eyewear brand, Oakley, Vogue, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Arnette and REVO, while licensed brands include Bvlgari, Burberry, Chanel, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Tiffany and Versace. In addition to a global wholesale network involving 130 different countries, the Group manages leading retail chains in major markets, including LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and ILORI in North America, OPSM and Laubman & Pank in Asia-Pacific, LensCrafters in China, GMO in Latin America and Sunglass Hut worldwide.
  • Melissa [Show Info]

    Melissa is a global fashion icon which has manufactured over 50 million pairs of plastic shoes in the past 25 years. Melissa, based in Brazil, transforms plastic spheres into objects of desire. The company has gained worldwide recognition for its brave and creative interpretation of multi-ethnic styles. Melissa’s design partners are a selection of some of the world’s most interesting and creative professionals. The company has sustainable development as a cornerstone of its economic development as a premise which ensures market demands while preserving natural resources. Melissa is on the cutting edge of design and technology.
  • Spring [Show Info]

    Spring is a mobile marketplace. On Spring customers seamlessly shop directly from a unique community of Fashion and Beauty brands, with just a swipe of a finger. Brands post products on Spring and customers can shop directly from their personalized feed or from the Brand’s Spring Shop. For customers, Spring offers the convenience of shopping all their favorite brands in one experience. And for Brands, Spring provides them with full control over the content, merchandising and inventory, as well as direct to consumer margins and the benefit of shared distribution. Spring combines the best practices of e-commerce, the immediacy of social media and the most recent learnings from mobile. Spring launched in August 2014 and has curated over 650 Brands, including: Proenza Schouler, Tom Ford, Alexander Wang, Warby Parker, Opening Ceremony, Pierre Hardy, Phillip Lim, Rick Owens, Suno, Band of Outsiders, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, Helmut Lang, Eddie Borgo, Christian Louboutin, Jennifer Fisher, 3x1 Denim, Alexander McQueen, Vilebrequin, Rag & Bone, Steven Alan, Clare Vivier, Bonobos, Make Beauty, RGB Nails, Public School, Giambattista Valli, Pamela Love, Jason Wu, Levi’s, Givenchy, Malin and Goetz, Mary Katrantzou, Otswald Helgason. Vince, Reed Krakoff, Saturday Surf, Thakoon, Adam Lippes and many more...    
  • Starbucks [Show Info]

    Our mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time. We’ve always believed in serving the best coffee possible. It's our goal for all of our coffee to be grown under the highest standards of quality, using ethical sourcing practices. Our coffee buyers personally travel to coffee farms in Latin America, Africa and Asia to select the highest quality beans. And our master roasters bring out the balance and rich flavor of the beans through the signature Starbucks Roast.
  • Swarovski [Show Info]

    Over a hundred years ago, in 1895, Daniel Swarovski, a Bohemian inventor and visionary, moved to the village of Wattens, Tyrol in Austria, with his newly-invented machine for cutting and polishing crystal jewelry stones. From these beginnings, which revolutionized the fashion world, Swarovski has grown to be the world’s leading producer of precision-cut crystal, for fashion, jewelry, lighting, architecture and interiors. Comprised of two major divisions, one producing and selling loose crystals, the other creating finished products, the Swarovski corporation also includes additional product lines an accessory collection, Atelier Swarovski, chandelier collection Swarovski Crystal Palace as well as Optik, producing precision optical instruments and Enlightened, Swarovski’s brand for genuine and created gemstones. While Swarovski crystal, known by its product brand name CRYSTALLIZED TM– Swarovski elements, has become an essential ingredient of international design, Swarovski’s own-brand accessory, jewelry and home décor lines are sold through more than 600 Swarovski stores and concessions in all major fashion capitals, and the exclusive Daniel Swarovski accessories collection has become the company’s Couture signature.
  • Tide [Show Info]

    For over 60 years, Tide® has been caring for the clothes of American families and helping to provide the everyday miracle of clean clothing.  To meet consumers' diverse laundry needs, Tide offers its cleaning in a variety of products including Powder Tide, Liquid Tide and most recently, the innovation of single-load detergent pacs with Tide Pods.     Additionally, Tide offers a complement of laundry additives for all your fabric care needs, including Tide to Go for consumers' on-the-go stain removal needs. Visit for helpful product information, practical tips on laundry care, special offers and promotions and more. You can become a fan on Facebook at
  • The Samsung Fashion and Design Fund [Show Info]

    The Samsung Fashion and Design Fund (SFDF) was launched in 2005 to discover and sponsor talented young Korean designers around the world. SFDF is an initiative of Cheil Industries. Cheil Industries is committed to fulfilling its obligation to society through various volunteer activities, environmental management and support for culture and the arts.
  • The Woolmark Company [Show Info]

    The Woolmark is the world’s best known textile fibre brand. The Woolmark brand is owned by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), a not-for-profit company owned by over 29,000 woolgrowers. AWI’s vision is to be a significant contributor to a vibrant, stable and profitable wool industry providing the world with the best natural fibre. Merino wool provides stability, durability, softness and luxury to the tailoring industry. The fibre has long been a favourite of designers, but younger consumers, born in an era of ‘disposable’ fashion know too little about the natural benefits. Seasonally The Woolmark Company brings together the best wool fabrics from thousands of weavers and spinners across the world into The Wool Lab it serves as an inspirational resource and sourcing guide for all things wool. You can view the wool lab for free by making an appointment with the Woolmark NYC office. 2012 will see the reinvigoration of The International Woolmark Prize – emerging USA designers will have the chance to via for the title of the USA Woolmark Prize winner; receiving a $100,000 USD grant towards their next show and collection and the chance to enter the final International Woolmark Prize competing against talented designers from Europe, China, India and Australia. The International Woolmark Prize final will be held in February 2013 and the winner will receive a further financial grant as well as commercial opportunity with Woolmark’s international retail partners including Harvey Nichols, 10 Corso Como, Bergdorf Goodman, Eickoff and more.

Member Benefits

  • BOX [Show Info]

    Founded in 2005, Box provides a secure, scalable content-sharing platform for over 20 million users, and 225,000 businesses, including 99% of the Fortune 500. Box’s dynamic, flexible content management solution lets users access and share content from anywhere, on any device – while providing IT visibility into how content moves within their organizations and beyond. Content on Box can be accessed through desktops, laptops and mobile devices, and extended to popular enterprise tools like NetSuite and Salesforce.
  • CBIZ MHM, LLC [Show Info]

    Located in the heart of New York’s fashion district, the New York office of CBIZ MHM has been assisting well-known designers, importers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers for more than 40 years. Our dedicated Apparel Practice group offers companies exceptional quality and diverse capabilities with personal attention to their business needs, all of which deserve a single focus: their success.  We have taken many of our clients from a start-up position to expansion, acquisition or succession.  We know first-hand the complexities, challenges and opportunities associated with the apparel industry. That is why we have a group of specialty services, beyond the typical accounting and tax offerings, which are specifically designed for apparel companies. Services include: Financial Statements, Tax Compliance, Forecast & Projections, Assistance in Financing, Operational Consulting, Corporate Structure, Design Calendar Review, Benchmarking to Industry Standards, International Tax Structure, Transfer Pricing  

  • Fashion Project [Show Info]

    Fashion Project was started as to way to make ‘fashion a force for good,’ by creating a marketplace for new and gently-used designer clothing and accessories that give back directly to the donor’s charity of choice. Pieces sold through Fashion Project generate an average of 100 times more for charity than they would through the standard thrift store. Change your closet; change the world.
  • FedEx [Show Info]

    FedEx provides access to a growing global marketplace through a network of supply chain, transportation, business and related information services. The unsurpassed FedEx worldwide network links you to more than 220 countries and territories, often within one to two business days. However, today’s FedEx also brings you all the international support services you need—customs clearance, freight forwarding, supply chain services.
  • First Corporate Sedans [Show Info]

    First Corporate Sedans, Inc. (FCS), a Corporate Ground Transportation Company, was established in 1985. Family owned since its inception, FCS is one of the oldest and most successful Black Car Groups in New York City. With customer service serving as its cornerstone, FCS has both the experience and infrastructure to create the perfect vendor relationship with any corporate entity, from world renowned advertising companies and financial institutions to small business startups. As a company, FCS believes every customer should have access to prompt, professional and courteous ground transportation.
  • Hand Baldachin & Amburgey LLP [Show Info]

    Hand Baldachin & Amburgey LLP (HBA) is a boutique law firm working with businesses in all aspects of their corporate life, including formation and day-to-day business matters, capital raising and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions, litigations and arbitrations, compensation and benefits matters, and intellectual property. Its clients operate in many industries, including media, sports and entertainment, fashion and lifestyle brands, publishing, technology, and health care. HBA also represents financial institutions, including national and boutique brokerage firms, investment banks, private equity firms, investment advisors and hedge funds, and individuals on transactions, employment matters, securities litigations and arbitrations, and regulatory and enforcement matters. For more information please go to
  • RZ Retail Advisors [Show Info]

    RZ Retail Advisors  provides all the elements necessary to navigate the complexities of the NYC real estate market in order to close deals originating from destinations both domestic and abroad. Backed by over 30 years of combined experience, its goal is to establish long-term relationships with all of its clients; relationships founded on a professionalism and transparency which pervade the entire negotiating process. Coupled with its international and market savvy workforce, Retail Space Partners possesses the crucial expertise and specialized knowledge of Manhattan needed to analyze the objective, pinpoint the right property and ultimately get a business up, running and well-positioned for success in the highly lucrative market that is New York City.
  • Sideways [Show Info]

    Sideways is a digital advertising agency that does design, development, social media, and ecrm in house for a variety of brands looking to make a connection with today’s luxury consumer.
  • Source4Style [Show Info]

    Source4Style connects the world's finest textile suppliers to the design industry's leading creatives. Showcasing hundreds of mills from over 38 countries, the Source4Style platform allows designers to search, sample and source their dream textiles throughout the calendar year.
  • TheRunthrough [Show Info]

    Started by former editors who met at W Magazine, TheRunthrough is an online private platform for virtual lookbooks that streamlines the communication between editors, stylists and designers.  TheRunthrough is an invitation-only community of luxury brands and emerging designers.  With one click, editors can request sample products or high-resolution images for photo shoots, celebrity events, print and online publications.  Designer members access a private portal featuring an industry directory, a history of sample requests, product archives, and lookbook management tools.  Designers create custom lookbooks in real-time and manage their own unique privacy settings.
  • Villency Design Group [Show Info]

    The Villency Design Group is a fully integrated design and branding firm that works across a broad spectrum of disciplines including product development and fabrication, new media, industrial design, fashion and fulfillment. Started by Eric Villency, design expert and third generation businessman, the company delivers big ideas in the form of cost effective products that separate their clients from their competition.
  • wireWAX [Show Info]

    wireWAX is the world’s leading shoppable video platform. It allows you to create custom interactive experiences with your videos by adding clickable and touchable hotspots, or tags, to any moving person or product within the video to engage and convert your audiences. We work with the CFDA to help members get the most out of their video content, commercialize where possible and empower their vision. To learn more click here.  

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