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Robust sourcing in children’s, shoes and young contemporary
ATLANTA – February 9, 2023 – Atlanta Apparel’s February 2023 edition started the year with 15% growth in temporary exhibit offering as well as strong order writing across children’s, shoes and young contemporary categories.
“Atlanta Apparel buyers and brands brought the energy to educational and networking events, temporary exhibits and permanent showrooms this February,” said Caron Stover, International Market Centers (IMC) SVP, apparel. “Throughout this market, including the successful extra day of temporary exhibit sourcing on Floor 1, attendees discovered products, connected with exhibitors and wrote orders across 11 floors of show space.”
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Attendees traveled to Atlanta Apparel from 11 international countries, 43 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, with more than 87% of the buyers hailing from the Southeast. Nearly a quarter of Atlanta Apparel attendees were first-time buyers to the market.
Strong Order Writing of Spring/Summer Categories
Atlanta Apparel kicked off the year offering 360+ permanent showrooms, 14 of which were new this January, and 380+ temporary exhibits, 58 of which were first-time exhibitors. For the first time, one of the market’s five floors of temporary exhibits opened a day early, providing buyers with more time and resources to focus on and finish their sourcing for the upcoming Spring/Summer season.
Courtney Cross, owner of Southern Charm Clothing women’s boutique and Little Charmers children’s boutique in Ringgold, GA, noted the ease in sourcing for both women’s and children’s storefronts across the market’s permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits.
“For someone who owns multiple stores like me, being able to come in and knock out my kids, adults and shoes all in one market was very convenient,” said Cross.
Jenny Middleton, owner of SK Love in Columbia City, Indiana, added, “Atlanta Apparel is one of the easiest markets to navigate, being all in one building. We came shopping mainly for Spring/Summer apparel -- dresses, jeans, shorts, tank tops, accessories and hats -- and we found what we needed.”
Brands across the show floor reported seeing many buyers and furthering business connections, especially in children’s, young contemporary and shoe categories.
“This market has been really incredible and has opened my horizons a lot in terms of getting to know new customers,” said Lucia Noltenius, owner of El Salvadorian mommy & me brand, Manolitas. “I wanted to meet customers who really appreciate the handmade detail of our work, and we wrote a lot of orders shipping to the south in the US. I hope that we continue building more relationships with other new clients at Atlanta Apparel.”
Noltenius of Manolitas showcases top mommy & me styles in the Children’s Pavilion.
Samuel Um, trade show manager of Entro, added, “We moved down to the first floor to open one day before the other temporary exhibits, and the turnout rate on our opening day was fantastic. We would love to do it again,” said “We definitely love having an extra day to sell, and it really helped our business as well.”
Cody Weaver, sales manager of Dolce Vita added that sales this market were nearly on-par with the company’s last year’s record-breaking February Atlanta Apparel market.
The next Atlanta Apparel market runs March 28 through April 1 (temporary exhibits open March 29 – 31, and select showrooms on Saturday, April 1, by appointment), which is one week earlier than its typical timing. Showrooms and exhibits open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday at AmericasMart Atlanta. Market information and registration is at https://www.atlanta-apparel.com/Markets/atlanta-apparel/March.
International Market Center’s (IMC) five Atlanta Apparel markets feature the latest looks in contemporary, young contemporary, women’s modern, shoes, fashion accessories and more, plus specialty categories such as children’s and plus-size at AmericasMart Atlanta. For market information and registration, visit https://www.atlanta-apparel.com/Markets/atlanta-apparel/March.
About International Market Centers: International Market Centers (IMC) serves as the center of commerce for the wholesale furniture, gift, home decor and apparel industries. IMC has more than 60 years of relationships and experience creating scalable business platforms for wholesale commerce. Our premium showroom spaces spanning more than 20 million square feet in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta, paired with our digital tools, connect the wholesale industries we serve. IMCenters.com.