Dallas’ June Apparel & Accessories Market is on pace to set two records: the best-attended summer show in more than a decade and the highest number of exhibiting companies in seventeen years. Dallas Market Center reported a 45 percent increase in buyer attendance versus June 2019. Buyers from all parts of the country attended the show, including a record number of first-time buyers. Additionally, exhibit space was sold out with overflow exhibitors occupying temporary tradeshow space created to meet demand.
“What we are seeing is phenomenal and historic,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “Dallas is truly a national marketplace welcoming more buyers from across the country and serving as the center of commerce for the business of fashion. New buyers from every state are coming to Dallas, matched by a record number of brands. There is a strong pulse of energy, excitement and confidence that’s tremendous.”
Thousands of independent retailers from across the country were joined at the show by multi-location retail, buying groups, and major stores. Among the buyers was Lisa Doss, owner of Muse Inspired Fashion stores in Tenn., La. and Fla. “The reason I choose Dallas is that there’s everything under one roof,” she said. “I’m in Nashville so I’m Western, I’m in Memphis so I’m funky, I’m in New Orleans so I’m contemporary, and now I’m opening in Florida, so everything I need is right here, on specific floors and I can go right to it and get what I want.”
Added Keith Manoy, co-owner of Dallas boutique Indigo 1745: “The one thing I really like about the Dallas Market is it’s a comprehensive shopping experience. We are an apparel store, but we also try to find unique gifts and accessories. At Dallas Market we have it all.”
Inside the marketplace, dozens of new and expanded permanent showrooms joined hundreds of Temps on sold-out floors. Exhibitors echoed the buyer enthusiasm. “This show has been amazing,” said Mike Stevenson with the Dressed2Kill showroom. “We are seeing stores from all over the country, including stores come in from all over California. Compared to last June, we are up at least 60 percent on orders.”
The summer edition of Apparel & Accessories Market includes more than 1 million square feet of styles and trends at all price points. Meanwhile, in anticipation of the upcoming Total Home & Gift Market, many gift showrooms welcomed a range of retailers.
“Buyers from many states are placing orders confidently,” said Monica Loving, vice president with Ivystone. “We’re easily going to double our sales over last year. We saw a strong combination of buyers: apparel buyers getting a jump on gift purchasing and gift buyers already ordering ahead of the show next week. It’s going to be a great month in Dallas.”
Additional Summer Trade Events
The marketplace will welcome buyers in the coming weeks for Total Home & Gift Market (June 23-29), KidsWorld (June 23-29), Lightovation (June 23-26), and the Dallas Men’s Show (July 31-Aug. 2).
For upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center mobile app. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the DMC Daily Dose.