17 April 2024

United States of America - FDRA at 80

Today, April 15, 2024, is the 80th birthday for our very own Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA)., writes President Matt Priest on LinkedIn.

The American footwear industry is one of the most innovative, collaborative, and creative industries in the world. It deserves a trade association that approaches service to the industry with equal and impactful passion and purpose. I think we do that…in fact, I know we do that.

Thanks to our amazing members and partners for your unwavering support.

Thanks to our engaged and thoughtful Board of Directors for your wise counsel and guidance.

Most of all, thanks to our amazing team – Andy Polk, Thomas Crockett, Sandi Mines, Sabria Butler, Jolie Gracia, Ashley Honeycutt Moore, and Gary Raines. You make it happen for our members day in and day out.

If you’re a proud FDRA member, like and share this note, so that as a footwear family we can collectively celebrate FDRA’s 80 years of excellence.

Hip hip, hooray!
April 15, 1944 – April 15, 2024

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We bring leather, material and fashion businesses together: an opportunity to meet and greet face to face. We bring them from all parts of the world so that they can find fresh partners, discover new customers or suppliers and keep ahead of industry developments.


We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


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