March 9, 2023
Dallas Market Center previews March Market
Dallas Market Center‘s March Market, featuring the Apparel & Accessories Market and Total Home & Gift Market, will take place March 21-24.
The marketplace will showcase women’s apparel, accessories and footwear, complemented by open showrooms in gift, gourmet, home décor, holiday and more.
Dallas Market Center reported a record number of exhibitors participating in March and says the number of buyers attending the spring trade event in Dallas is expected to exceed the previous year. The total attendance by retailers at all Dallas trade events in 2022 was up, and the number of buyers attending for the first time was up significantly compared to 2019’s pre-pandemic numbers. the organization explained. Attendance from key territories was also up for the year including the Southeast, Upper Midwest and West.
“March is the one time each year where we truly meet every retailer need,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “All categories are available so retailers seeking the latest products can make one stop to find it all.”
Footwear is a category experiencing growth in Dallas, Dallas Market Center says, and its location on the 10th floor allows for a greater number of brands. New and noteworthy brands for March include Gabor, All Black, Nero Giardini, Frankie4, Lady Couture, Think!, Arcopedico, and Biza.
Apparel and accessories options also are on the rise. On the 13th floor, the temps will feature more new brands such as House of Olia, Rachel Nathan Design, Pissenlit, Vero Moda, Holy Stone, and Estheme Cashmere. These resources complement permanent showrooms including Hey Dude (13802), Cuadra (13224), Kendra Scott Design (WTC 13256), and Theia (13246 and also in the Temps 13-1715).
On the 15th floor is the debut of WBC Clothing from Los Angeles in WTC 15442. WBC is a multi-line contemporary showroom representing brands including Brave + True, Gold + Stone, Holiday, and Talisman. Expanding on the 15th floor is Style Consortium (WTC 15018), which features brands including Hale bob, Bel Kazan, Caryn Vallone, Fresh Laundry, River & Sky, Skemo, StitchDrop, Sundown Lounge, Tractr, and WordsCount.
Gift and home showrooms will also be open, including new and expanded showrooms that debuted in January in the Trade Mart, World Trade Center, and IHDC. New showrooms in the Trade Mart include Kimberly Wahlberg Company (TM 2242) Giftcraft (TM 2727, TM 2741); Reason and Remedy (TM 2353); and Seda France joins the 2301 Collection (TM 2301-13), and many more.
THE GOODS by Brand Assembly
On the 10th floor of the World Trade Center is the showroom and trade experience THE GOODS by Brand Assembly, which debuted in January. The 17,000-square-foot space showcases dozens of brands presenting their collections across all product categories including apparel, accessories, footwear, gift, home décor and western.
Key brands include Alp N Rock, Stoney Clover Lane, Intentionally Blank, Whimsy and Row , Mohinders, Sierra Winter Jewelry, and Spiritual Gangster. Special events and activations include:
- Permanent jewelry from Link X Lou -Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Specialty cocktails by The Marfa Spirit Co.- Tuesday and Wednesday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Thursday 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- Complimentary tea and elixirs from Wellness brand REYLT – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
On Tuesday evening, prior to the fashion show, there will be a reception including small bites from FOUNT and The Marfa Spirit Co. from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Also during that event will be live screen printing and complimentary totes by SOLACE and a smudge stick activation by lifestyle brand Apothenne.
All buyers are invited to a variety of industry, social and hospitality events from complimentary gourmet market tastings, special photo ops, brunch, mimosas, coffee bars and more. Event highlights include a market party and fashion show on March 21 with the theme of Grand Romance.
Ashley Alderson, founder of The Boutique Hub, hosts two events: “The Next Generation of Retail” and “A Champagne Tour of Gift and Apparel Showrooms.”
For new buyers
To support new buyers, Dallas Market Center is offering a daily new buyer orientation. Attend the New Buyer Scoop each morning at 9 a.m. on the first floor of the World Trade Center for tips and tricks to prioritize your day and a rundown of what’s new.
Floor 7 cash-and-carry
All buyers are invited to see the largest selection of products available for immediate purchase on the 7th floor. More than 10 new showrooms recently opened and include apparel and accessories, as well as gift items and fine jewelry.
Boutique Hub Summit
Taking place at Dallas Market Center prior to March Market is Boutique Hub Summit, March 20-21. Dallas Market Center sats the purpose of the Summit is to introduce attendees to the methods being used by top boutique owners, show how the best online boutiques are generating traffic, and demonstrate the best methods to drive conversions and sales.