June Apparel & Accessories Market: Largest Show Since 2004 Welcomed Buyers From Coast to Coast

DALLAS – June 24, 2022 – The recent June Apparel & Accessories Market in Dallas was the largest apparel and accessories trade event in Dallas since 2004 and welcomed buyers from coast to coast, Dallas Market Center has announced. Buyers from all 50 states, Canada, and Mexico attended the trade event in Dallas which featured expanded space to accommodate new brands.

“Our summer shows have become must-attend events,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “With the support of thousands of brands we have created the largest marketplace in the U.S. for apparel, accessories, and footwear. And we are just getting started; our August show will be even larger.”

Attendance at the show by new buyers was up dramatically: the June market had a 163% increase in new buyers versus pre-pandemic June shows. The show also continued to expand its national audience: attendance by stores from the Midwest was up more than 100%, the Southeast was up 140%, and the West was up 170%.

Aron Straus, owner of Julie’s in Charlotte, NC commented: “The Dallas show was great for an early start and jump on Fall and Transitional 2022...they have all the LA temps there with a great ‘open’ booth to view and buy. I’m looking forward to coming back in August for another great buying trip!

Dallas Market Center has more than 400 permanent showroom and for June had more than 500 temporary exhibitors. In 2022, the number of exhibiting brands in Dallas has grown by more than 10%, accommodated in additional permanent showrooms and expanded temporary space.

Exhibitor Marty Leon with the L&A Showroom on the 15th floor noted: “Dallas was a huge success based on the quality and amount of traffic we saw come through the showroom during the June market. Buyers were eager to shop all categories from apparel to accessories and we ended up working with over 300 clients that included multiple majors and many independent boutiques from across the nation.”

New for June was permanent showroom D Element Style (15933) showcasing Celia B, Las Surenas, Vero Alfie, Kleid, and Neubyrne. Owner and founder Doris D’Angelo commented: “As a new permanent showroom we had a good show…we had steady traffic, all our appointments showed up and we did get a handful of new customers. My buyers…are all now coming to DMC to buy my brands and browse other showrooms. It’s exciting to see.”

Additional new showrooms included Golden (13652), LeLaLo (8090), My Girl in LA (13852), Sal & Pimento (8216), and Wolverine (13022). Expanded showrooms include 2Fourteen Showroom (15452), Miss Me (WTC 15868), and Rita Harris (15963).

In Temporary space on the 11th floor, expanded space featured young contemporary and Immediate Goods. In the young contemporary section, new exhibitors include Dress Forum, Hidden, and Mica Denim. Immediate Goods included Candles & Cream, Golden Lily, Hello Happiness, Hippie Chic, Sunwest Silver, and Zingy Boutique. On the 12th floor, the temporary tradeshow space was once again sold out with hundreds of brands. On the 13th floor, featured brands for June included Barbour, Coastal Grit, DNM City, Jeffrey Campbell, Kinsley Armelle, and PWR WMN.

New Buyer Applications Continue to Soar

In addition to new exhibitors, the number of new buyers continues to set records. New buyer applications remain 50% ahead of 2019, reflecting both the marketplace’s position as a center of inspiration and its momentum as a national marketplace attracting buyers from coast to coast.

Gift, Home Resources

In addition to apparel and accessories exhibitors, dozens of gift and home showrooms were open during the show in the Trade Mart, World Trade Center, and IHDC building featuring leading brands in home accents, candles, holiday, spa and wellness, paper products, gourmet items, and more.

Supernova Fashion Show Tops Market Events

On Tuesday evening, hundreds of buyers attended a market party and fashion show with the theme Supernova. Space exploration-inspired styles from throughout the marketplace appeared on the runway for a comprehensive presentation of more than 100 looks.

August Hotel Offers

Planning ahead for the August Market (August 23-26) Dallas Market Center partner hotels are offering new, lower rates to support buyer travel budgets. Dozens of hotels, many within walking distance of the campus, are offering updated rates as low as $119. Rates valid until 2 weeks prior to Market, based on availability and are subject to change at any time so please reach out to Market Travel online or by calling 214-744-7444.

Additional June Trade Events

In addition to the Apparel & Accessories Market other trade events in June offer buyers a safe and welcoming marketplace. Events include Total Home and Gift Market (June 22-28); Lightovation: Dallas International Lighting Show (June 22-25); and KidsWorld (June 22-28). The next Apparel & Accessories Market is August 23-26, together with KidsWorld (August 23-26), the AETA International Show (August 25-28), and WESA’s International Western/English Apparel & Equipment Market (August 25-28).

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.