Apparel and Labeling (includes textile, wool, fur, apparel and leather matters)

Federal law requires that most textile and wool products have a label that lists the fiber content, the country of origin, and the identity of the manufacturer or another business responsible for marketing or handling the product. For fur, labels must disclose the animal name, the country of origin, information about the treatment of the item (for example, if it is bleached or colored), a Registered Identification Number, and other relevant information. The Fur Rules also set standards for the size and durability of the labels, the lettering, and the order in which information is presented. The FTC’s Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather Products cover a wide range of items, including luggage, handbags, belts, footwear, and other apparel. Under the Care Labeling Rule, manufacturers and importers must provide instructions so consumers know how to clean the products they buy. (21)

Contact: Federal Trade Commission: Apparel and Labeling (including textile, wool, fur, apparel and leather matters)


Additional Information:

Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Business Center: Clothing and Textiles

U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration: U.S. Labeling Requirements for Textile, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), U.S. Labeling Resources: List of helpful links to the relevant rules, regulations, and guides available for labeling apparel, footwear, textiles, and fashion accessories for the U.S. market. (21)