The Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) was formed in 1992, arising from the British Interlining Manufacturers Association. Since 1992, the ASBCI has grown from 20 members to over 100 including some of the most prestigious names within the clothing and textile industry, forming a huge pool of expertise.
The ASBCI is a unique association in that our members represent connections with and knowledge of all the key sectors of the industry. Examples of some of these sectors are:
Fibres, fabrics, linings, interlinings, adhesives, dyeing, sewing threads, buttons, zips, trims, sleeve head rolls, shoulder pads, machinery, presses, waistbands, garment processors, clothing consultants, clothing manufacturers, retailers, drycleaners, launderers, domestic detergent manufacturers, chemical suppliers, computer software and technology suppliers to the clothing industry, textile testing houses, research organisations, textile universities, and training bodies.
With such a wealth of expertise in its membership, the Association is fortunate to have access to specialised knowledge and information that can influence situations and developments in the various sectors of our industry.
For example, the Association has early warning of potential problems and can offer possible solutions. The ASBCI is concerned with new technology, new ideas and new care labelling standards; and has an effective representation of members' interests in the UK, European and International standards committees.
A range of technical handbooks have been published by the ASBCI Technical Committee, including: Apparel Size and Fit - A definitive guide, An Introduction to Colour in Clothing and Textiles, Caring For Your Clothes, Tried and Tested, Colour Clues, Wrinkle Free, Joining Forces (buttons, zips, poppers etc), Make or Break (threads, needles and stitches) and the ASBCI Book of Interlinings.
The Association organises a series of specialist conferences and seminars throughout the year on various key subjects where delegates can be ensured of a full programme of dedicated presentations and papers on the headline subject.
These have proved immensely popular and valuable events for the industry by helping members and guests to stay up to date and address key common concerns. Attendance is not restricted to ASBCI members.
The ASBCI is an unusual example of an organisation with more substance than hype.With over 15 years involvement, I have seen the tremendous benefits the Association has delivered to members ranging from large multi-national companies to individual students. Our success is due to the excellent pro bono work done by numerous committee members, ably supported by our highly efficient and well-connected HQ staff.
The ASBCI has given me the opportunity to speak with students and share some of my experiences with them. Getting feedback from the next generation of talent is so important.
Christopher Bailey, Chief Executive/Chief Creative Officer, Burberry
For many years the ASBCI was the industry’s best kept secret, but is now widely recognised as the premier forum for the clothing retail supply chain, education and service sectors.
Malcolm Ball, Honorary Life President
The student conference is an experience that can only be described as exemplary.
Katie Holbrook, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University
Membership of the ASBCI offers important advantages, helping businesses keep up to date with current industry concerns and opportunities to connect with key influencers in the industry.
Claire O'Neill, EMEA Marketing Segment Manager, INVISTA
I was delighted to win first prize for the Student Dissertation competition, and was honoured to be invited to the ASBCI AGM to present my research findings to various industry members.
Gillian Latter, De Montfort University, 2013 Student Dissertation Prize winner
The ASBCI is the leading organisation for bringing together the clothing industry at key networking events, raising issues and presenting solutions that are important to our industry.
Stephanie Dick, CEO, Textile Institute
I would recommend becoming a member to any student undertaking a fashion or textile degree.
Kate Riley, Researcher, De Montfort University
M&S has sponsored the ASBCI student dissertation prize for the last 8 years, and is a great example of the exposure the ASBCI provides for the student community to retail and industry.
Paschal Little, Head of Innovation and Quality for Lingerie and Beauty, M&S
The ASBCI Student Design Award is a really great platform for young designers. After winning the 2014 Award I think many opportunities will come from it as it has expanded my CV.
Jamie Long, University of Huddersfield, 2014 Student Design Award winner
Becoming a student member in my first year was one of the best decisions I made. I am sure that the knowledge I gained from attending events helped not only to secure my year placement, but also my job as soon as I left university.
Helen Canon-Jones, Menswear Garment Technologist, ASOS.COM
The ASBCI inspires me to reach to great heights of performance and success in the fashion industry.
Catherine Steeples, Garment Technologist, R H Smith & Sons
The ASBCI Student Conferences and Seminars are always delivered by renowned speakers from the fashion and clothing industry who are passionate about disseminating knowledge to the next generation.
David Backhouse, Fashion Design Programme Leader, University of Leeds
The ASBCI has certainly benefited my future career already in building relationships with contacts in the industry, and further gaining work experience through these connections.
Laura Purcell, Nottingham Trent University, ASBCI Student Representative