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Overlapping Apparel and Formal Markets Launch Autumn/Winter 2024 with Vibrant Sourcing Opportunities


ATLANTA – April 17, 2024 – ANDMORESM presented overlapping season-break markets – Atlanta Apparel and Formal Markets – showcasing the top Autumn/Winter 2024 styles across contemporary apparel, accessories, bridal, homecoming and more with intentional buying reported across the markets, which ran April 9-12, at AmericasMart Atlanta (Formal Markets April 9 – 11).  

"ANDMORE's Apparel and Formal Markets once again have effectively connected sellers with focused buyers across key apparel categories, as well as bridal, homecoming and quinceañera," said Caron Stover, ANDMORE SVP, apparel. "In true ANDMORE fashion, we continue to bring together dedicated retailers and exhibitors and to solidify the Southeast as the go-to sourcing destination for all things apparel and formalwear."  

The concurrent apparel and formal markets attracted visitors from 42 states and 10 countries, with the Southeast and Midwest drawing the highest attendance rates. Notably, 20% of buyers at the April markets were new to Atlanta. 

Atlanta Apparel Launches Autumn/Winter 2024 with Strong Order Writing Reported 

 4.147.24_AA april post show-1Buyers source Autumn/Winter 2024 in the Brad Hughes Showroom. 

April Atlanta Apparel showcased a breadth and depth of the newest cool-weather styles, summer immediates and accessories across its 350+ temporary exhibits and 475+ permanent showrooms. Top categories sourced at the April buying event included: accessories, denim, contemporary and young contemporary apparel and shoes.  

"Our market experience this week has been great. Fleet Plummer has been in business for 75 years and I have been a buyer for five of those years, and we always come to every Atlanta show. We have had so much success finding new lines which was exciting," said Shawna Hart of Fleet Plummer in Greensboro, NC. 

"We source for all ages, from college-aged women to contemporary," said Emma Waters, sales manager at Viginia Luxe LLC in Statesboro, GA. "This market, we found many great gameday pieces and athleisure. On top of a great buying experience, the events at market were phenomenal and the vendors all treated us like royalty."  

Brands reported robust order writing spanning across diverse geographic regions, as thousands of buyers traveled to Atlanta to engage with notable exhibitors, fostering ongoing relationships.  

Brad Hughes, co-owner of Brad Hughes Showroom said, "In Atlanta, we see dedicated retailers and a business model that we don't see anywhere else – Atlanta is at the intersection of resort, mountains, country club and more."  

"We are really impressed with the caliber of customers that we have here in Atlanta. They are relationship driven, appointment driven and they buy with gusto," added Michael Singer, co-owner of Brad Hughes Showroom. 

Kellie Carlson, wholesale manager of Teleties, added, Georgia is our number one selling state, and we have been at all five Atlanta Apparel markets per year since the brand launched seven years ago. We get buyers from all over, and more recently, from the Northeast which has been great to see in Atlanta. In addition to our normal walk-by and returning clients, we also sell the highest quantity of our gameday collection here."  

In addition to sourcing, the Atlanta Apparel kickoff party buzzed in the Building 3 atrium with an Autumn/Winter 2024 trend vignette to provide buying inspiration as buyers and brands celebrated sourcing the new season in Atlanta.  

4.147.24_AA april post show-2Atlanta Apparel attendees celebrate the new season at the hallmark Kickoff Party. 

ANDMORE's 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. Atlanta Apparel is owned and operated by ANDMORE, formerly International Market Centers. The next edition of Atlanta Apparel runs June 4 – 7, 2024. For more information, visit   

Homecoming, Quinceañera and Bridal Categories Shine at April Formal Market 

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Formal Markets models showcase top bridal, homecoming and prom styles. 

Formal Markets showcased over 250 individual collections across AmericasMart Atlanta's permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits, bringing thousands of social occasion buyers together to source at the semi-annual presentation.  

"Atlanta is my go-to location for sourcing. Everything from the exhibitor displays to the convenience of having all the brands I need to see under one roof allows me to get my work done better and faster," said buyer David Ramcharan, CEO of Alexander Couture Bridal. 

Buyer Erica Eickhoff, owner of Styles by Erica in Yankton and Vermillion, SD, noted sourcing across both general apparel and formal categories, with growth in her most newly launched category, formalwear. 

"We launched formalwear in the store in December 2023, and the return has been amazing. We came to Atlanta this April to source both formalwear and womenswear, and I was blown away by the homecoming resources available. This market was a 10-out-of-10 experience and we will be back as we dive into more formalwear," added Eickhoff. 

Brands reported connecting to a strong and dedicated Southeastern buyer population, writing orders with both new accounts and connecting with existing accounts. 

"This market has been extremely successful for us, with growth across many Southeast retailers," said exhibitor Shannon Hampton, account manager at Anne Barge. "We just launched our Spring 2025 collection and we wanted to get that collection specifically in front of the Formal Markets Atlanta audience because we know it will be great for southern brides specifically. The market was super helpful as well, with activations that helped get new buyers in front of the collection." 

Exhibitors Sydni Dion, owner of Diverse Style by Sydni Dion and Stefanie Somers, owner of Stefanie Somers Jewelry, joined forces for Formal Markets in Atlanta with a combined showroom, merchandising products together in complementary categories to become a destination for formal accessories and shoes. This permanent presence marks an important return for these two brands after several years’ hiatus that began when Covid impacted the social occasion industry. 

Dion said, "The decision to open a showroom in collaboration with Stefanie Somers was pretty obvious. I have the shoes and she has the accessories, and Atlanta has the prom, homecoming and pageant buyers, so we both have always had the biggest turnout here." 

"I show my products in every major market, and Atlanta is the easiest, most comprehensive and friendliest one to work in," added Somers. 

Beyond exhibits, Formal Markets launched its new semi-annual fashion event, the Revolving Runway, showcasing 40 looks across bridal, mother-of-the-bride, flower girl and men's. Market education, including the full-day, pre-market Mon Cheri Academy presentation, also had full attendance, with buyers noting the importance of curated market events. 

"I love attending the educational classes available at market because I am both CEO of a bridal store and an event producer. Getting the insight from professionals on both sides of the industry here in Atlanta helps me grow my business," added Ramcharan. 

Formal Markets:  Formal Markets presents its collection of bridal, prom, quinceañera, mother-of-the-bride, accessories, homecoming and special occasion lines three times annually: April and August in Atlanta and August in Las Vegas. The next edition of Formal Markets runs July 29 – August 2, 2024, at AmericasMart Atlanta, and August 11 – 13, 2024, at The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas. Formal Markets is owned and operated by ANDMORE, formerly International Market Centers. For more information, visit 

About ANDMORESM: ANDMORE, formerly International Market Centers, is an Omnichannel Wholesale Marketmaker that fuels opportunities for wholesale buyers and sellers to connect, grow and prosper through physical markets, design centers and digital channels. The company owns and operates more than 20 million square feet of premium event and showroom space, hosting live events in Atlanta, High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and New York City. By pairing face-to-face events with always-on digital tools, ANDMORE provides truly omnichannel business platforms for its global wholesale customer base.     


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Amanda Merritt, 404.884.5061 or 

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ATLANTA – August 8, 2023 – ANDMORE’s overlapping August markets — Atlanta Apparel and Formal Markets, July 31 – August 5 at AmericasMart Atlanta — reflected healthy buying across contemporary, children’s, bridal and prom categories, with an increased number of buyers and brands beginning to source and launch early Spring.

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