Julia K. Hughes is President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), which represents brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. USFIA supports fashion made possible by global trade.

Ms. Hughes represents the industry in front of the U.S. government as well as international governments and stakeholders, explaining how fashion companies create high quality jobs in the United States and economic opportunities around the world.

An expert on textile and apparel trade issues, Ms. Hughes has testified before Congress and the Executive Branch. She frequently speaks at international conferences including the China & Asia Textile Forum, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Harvard University’s Bangladesh Development Conference, MAGIC, Prime Source Forum, Vietnam Textile Summit, and others.

Ms. Hughes served as the first President and is one of the founders of the Washington Chapter of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and is one of the founders of the WIIT Charitable Trust. She also was the first President of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT).  In 1992, she received the Outstanding Woman in International Trade award and in 2008, the WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award.  She also is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Ms. Hughes has an M.A. in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.


May 28, 2019
Trade Policy Today and the Impact on Sourcing
Miami Main Stage
12:30  -  13:15
August 19, 2019
Shifts in North American Apparel Retail Trade
Main Stage
11:45  -  12:30
May 26, 2020
North American Apparel Market Leaders Talk
02:00 PM  -  03:00 PM
October 28, 2020
North American Apparel Market Leaders Talk Trade, Policy, Elections, Sustainability & the Future
11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM ET
November 16, 2020
The Impact and Insights of Trade – the 2020 Shakeup & the 2021 Outlook for the Fashion Industry
12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM ET
May 26, 2021
Washington Trade Policy Perspectives
01:00 PM EST
September 14, 2021
Trade Policy & Sourcing
10:30 AM ET