During the initial three years of the Institute, corporations, organizations and professionals who made substantial contributions in support of the mission of the Institute and the development of the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design became Founding Members for four years. Founding members each named a representative to serve as an Advisory Board member.

ACE Style Business Services LLC, Green Brook, NJ
Consultants to intimate apparel industry; publishers of the Intimate Apparel Journal. 

Beijing Aimer Company Limited
Luxury lingerie and underwear firms combining eastern aesthetics and western fashion with innovation. The Aimer Ergonomics Laboratory, with Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, conducts research on sizing and body dimensions of Asian females

Central Textiles (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Spinning, weaving, dyeing company interested in innovation and sustainability.

UBM Fashion, New York, NY
UBM Fashion is the leading producer of world-renowned fashion tradeshows such as MAGIC, Coterie, PROJECT & FN PLATFORM.

Five Elements Performance, a WINDS Group Co.
Product developer and manufacturing services provider of innovative performance athletic wear for popular brands.

Golden Tecnologia, Brazil
Provider of dyes and finishes for the global textile industry, focusing on chemicals that save water, energy and time.

Hanes Brands Inc.Rural Hall, NC
Socially responsible manufacturer and marketer of basic apparel with a long history of innovation, product excellence, and brand recognition. 

HLC Linen and Cotton Group
A vertical linen company with expertise in the development and production of linen and linen blend fabrics and garments for many major international brands. Offices in New York, Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Milan and factories in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, close to Shanghai. 

L Industries, Hong Kong Provider of manufacturing, sourcing, and distribution solutions to the global textile and apparel industries.

The New York Fashion & Retail Association, New York, NY. A forum for young professionals associated with fashion to explore trends, opportunities and challenges.

Pendleton Woolen Mills, Pendleton, OR
Designer, producer, and retailer of fine woolen textiles, blankets, and garments sold internationally.

TAL Apparel Limited, Hong Kong
Manufacturer of quality garments for the world's leading brands with a focus on innovation for style, comfort, and functionality. 

GNCO Co., Ltd., Seoul, Korea
Market leader in young, casual clothing with brands GNCO/Style, Thursday Island, Eloq, Loudmut, and T.I. for Men.

Welspun, India
The third largest global supplier of home textiles with the vision to become a global leader in Advanced Textiles by developing Innovative Products.