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Contemporary Apparel & Accessories Exhibitors Expand in Dallas, New Buyer Applications Soar Ahead of June Events

DALLAS – June 8, 2021 – Following the best attended spring market in more than a decade, Dallas Market Center announces historic expansion among contemporary and young contemporary brands plus a record number of new buyer applications ahead of its summer show, the June 15-18 Apparel & Accessories Market.

“Our momentum continues this summer as a national marketplace with phenomenal buyer traffic from across the country,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “Historic numbers of new buyers are choosing Dallas, matched by an expanding number of exhibitors especially the brands who represent contemporary and young contemporary, the leading edge of fashion. This is truly an historic moment in Dallas as we serve as the center of commerce for the business of fashion in the U.S.”

June Market is the seasonal trade event with thousands of brands presenting Holiday 2021 and cold weather fashion plus the last look at Fall 2021 collections as well as immediate delivery items. As well, the market offers on-trend fashion accessories including handbags, jewelry, scarves, hats and gloves. The market takes place across more than 1 million square feet of showrooms and temporary space.

Delivering More Contemporary Brands

Dozens of exhibitors will debut inside the marketplace in permanent showrooms on three floors. On the 15th floor, demand for permanent space in the contemporary neighborhood remains at historic highs, with recent additions including 2Fourteen Showroom (15418), Lace Collective (15016), Style Consortium (15442), and The Landa Showroom (15214. In fact, the 15th floor demand has resulted in a surge in requests for temporary space on other floors.

In the temporary neighborhood on the 12th floor, a third expansion for young contemporary has added new space for many brands arriving from the west coast. On the 13th floor, among the fastest growing product categories is footwear. For June more than 100 footwear brands will show in permanent showrooms and temporary booths, a 76% increase in exhibitors compared with 2019. And on the 11th floor, temporary exhibits by young contemporary brands will be featured for the first time. Also on the floor will be Immediate Goods on 11, the section of curated fashion brands available for purchase at the show.

New to the Temps in June are the following companies: Accessory Concierge; An the why; Be Cool; Blue Blush; Camuto Group including Vince Camuto, Jessica Simpson, Lucky Brand, Louise et Cie; Caryn Lawn; Haute Shore; Icebird; Indonesha; Jennafer Grace; JOYA Collection; Kalore; L7 Designs; Les Amis; LJ Sonder; Lo Well; Mable; Magnolia Charms; Melania Clara; The Vegan Warehouse; My Girl In LA; NAMSAR; NOWY Brands; Panache Accessories; Paper Crane; Peri Luxe; Phil Love Apparel; Pixie Mood; Reecii; Rivalry Runway; Rollasole; Schnell Studio; Shop Neighbors; SP & Company; Susan & Company; Taylor Shaye Designs; and Teleties.

Expanding for June are the following: B.B. Lila, Beulah Style, Cotton Bleu, Emory Park, FAME Accessories, Good Work(s) Makes A Difference, Kori, Luxe Group, NIMA Accessories, Petit Pois, Pinch, Rae Mode, Strut & Bolt, Thread & Supply, Wanakome, White Birch, Wishlist, and Zenzii.

Recently joined in March were the following: Christina Greene; Haute Shore; JOYA Collection; Molly G Handbags; Susan & Company; Dolce Vita, GOLO Shoes, Butter Shoes, Anne Klein, Blondo, and Casitas.

Record Number of New Buyer Applications

In addition to new exhibitors, the number of new buyers continues to surge. New buyer applications are 50% ahead of 2019, reflecting both the marketplace’s position as an inspiring center of fashion and its momentum as a national marketplace attracting buyers from coast to coast. Independent retailers from across the country will be joined by multi-location retail, buying groups, and major stores eager to travel to a single location to fulfil their buying needs for fashion and accessories. In addition, many showrooms in gift and home, holiday and floral, gourmet and housewares will be open in anticipation of the Total Home & Gift Market taking place June 23-29.

June Market Events Highlights

Every day of the show, check out special Story(Line) Displays on 15. Visit the 15th floor and look for fresh lines. Learn more about each one by scanning the QR code positioned on the sign next to it.

Each morning, a new buyer tour called “The DMC Buyer Scoop” begins at 9 a.m. in the atrium of the World Trade Center. Also taking place daily is “Showroom Bucks on 7” a promotion from 7th floor showrooms for a chance to win shopping credits.

Western style influencer Shaley Ham will scour the marketplace for finds and inspiration. Follow @dallasmarket to see the Style Eye find the hottest products on DMC's campus. Follow Shaley @westdesperado. On Wednesday at 2 p.m. take a lap the atrium to view curated contemporary and western trends. As a bonus, we will also have select products on display hand-picked by Shaley. Complimentary cowboy cocktail, beer and wine & bites provided.

On Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. in WTC 13660, join retail and tech expert Ulla Hald as she discusses her buyer app, FAVES. Learn about how it increases efficiency at market and what you can do to get the most out of your days sourcing fabulous product here in Dallas. Co-sponsored with the Boutique Hub.

A full schedule of events including breakfast tacos, coffee service, seltzer stations, wine bars, and a Texas Brew Bar is available via the market page on the DMC website and app.

Health & Safety Guidelines Supporting Buyer Comfort

Supporting the comfort, health and safety of all attendees, the market center continues several measures but face covering is no longer required for vaccinated individuals. Shuttles will once again be available at June Markets including hotel and campus routes. Everyone riding a shuttle should wear a mask. As well, on-site testing for COVID-19 will be available via Kai Medical Laboratory. The testing is optional and fee-based. The testing is a PCR test with results in 24 hours--the type of test most often required for travelers. The location is WTC 170, on the first floor of the World Trade Center, and testing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Additional Summer Trade Events

The marketplace will welcome buyers in the coming weeks for Apparel & Accessories Market (June 15-18), Total Home & Gift Market (June 23-29), KidsWorld (June 23-29), Lightovation (June 23-26), and the Dallas Men’s Show (July 31-August 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.

About Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in gourmet and housewares, home décor, holiday/floral, gifts, lighting and apparel. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80% of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center App. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.