May 11, 2023
Dallas Market Center previews Total Home & Gift Market

The Dallas Total Home & Gift Market taking place June 21-27 will feature new brands and collections, artisan items, special exhibits and events, according to Dallas Market Center.

“The first show of the summer means the first opportunity for retailers and designers to discover new products and place orders,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “It’s critically important for buyers to be here first for the new collections, one-of-a-kind pieces and top-sellers. We also know that retailers are seeking a single location for inspiration and ordering across many different product categories, which is why we are anticipating a strong show.”

New and expanding showrooms

Dozens of new and expanding permanent showrooms will debut across the marketplace, show executives said.

In the Trade Mart, Cathy & Co. will expand to occupy both Trade Mart 1600 and 1648. Taylor Elliott Designs (TM 1450), the designer of joyful, encouraging, and colorful gifts and desk accessories from notepads and planners to pens, pouches, and other bright accessories, has opened on the 1st floor. The 2nd floor’s 2301 Collection of resources now includes leading holiday ornament company Christopher Radko (TM 2301-05), known for decades for intricately detailed holiday ornaments crafted of fine European glass; and Seda France (TM 2301-15), with their luxury home fragrances. Multi-line sales agency Kimberly Wahlberg Company (TM 2242) features gift and accessory brands new to Dallas and the U.S. Upstairs in the lighting neighborhood, the new International Pavilion (TM 4909) is home to lighting manufacturers from around the world including wakaNINE, representing several lighting design companies including IP44, stilnovo, David Trubridge, PLN/Hush, Stephen Pikus, Luminosa, and CITTA. Ollier Distributors, which offers Aldo Bernardi Lighting; Italian importer LOFFKo Group, and Zafferano. The global leader in mirror technology—Electric Mirror (TM 4432-08)—supplies for high-end hotels, and it now offers products to home customers through a new 4th Floor showroom. Inside the Spectrum shared showroom (TM 4432), Millennium Lighting is an addition.

In the Interior Home and Design Center, the gallery showroom welcomes Green Apple International Trading (IHDC 1D202-GL 16) now offering furniture designs from Portugal; contemporary and modern cotton, silk, and linen bedding is available through Orchids Lux (IHDC 1D202-GL 110); and beautifully crafted leather Chesterfield sofas can be found at Visual Fluidity (IHDC 1D202-GL28). Shona African Sculptures is now located in new space in The Gallery: IHDC 1D202-GL84. On the 2nd floor, MC Studio (IHDC 2F140) offers custom furniture, fabrics, case goods, accessories and features Norwalk Furniture.

In the World Trade Center, Royal Victory Gallery (WTC 6690) presents furniture but focuses on custom sofas. GEO Contemporary (WTC 301) presents contemporary designs in lighting. Novart has relocated to WTC 190. Several new specialty food makers are fresh arrivals to Gourmet Market: Oak Alley Farms (WTC 180-C02) manufactures high-quality popcorn, nut, and confectionery products (browse everything from peanut brittle to addictive saltine “Snacker Crackers”). A love of hot peppers and fermentation led to an array of handcrafted pepper sauces at Freaky Ferments (WTC 180-A40). Sauces range in spice level from the brand’s mild “Daily Driver” table sauce to extra-hot “Ghost,” which integrates two of the hottest peppers in the world.

In KidsWorld Studio, A Nice House (WTC 8701-32) offers appliquéd and collapsible toy and storage boxes for a kid-friendly, organized home. Find outfits from more than 15 brands of boys’ and girls’ fashion at Limelight Kids (WTC 8606). Classic staples for babies and children are available at Lulu Bebe (WTC 8096). Shushop (WTC 8701-10) takes the mother-child matching trend head to toe with a wide range of Mommy & Me toddler and kids’ shoes.

Exhibitor anniversaries

Several Dallas exhibitors will celebrate important milestones that will be celebrated with customers including OneCoast, celebrating 25 years; and Koncept lighting, celebrating 20 years.

The reimagined Temps

The Temps at Total Home & Gift Market, June 21-24, will host more than 1,000 exhibitor booths, including more than 40% of companies showing for the first time in Dallas.

Alongside a range of incoming brands is the debut of High Style Boutique, a new, juried collection of jewelry, accessories and apparel, which will launch on World Trade Center 10. Buyers can also shop more than 75 booths filled with Texas-made products during the inaugural GO TEXAN Expo in Market Hall. Vendor highlights include:

  • Trade Mart 1: Luxe Gift including artwork, decorative soft-goods, tabletop, gifts, accessories, children’s items and paper products. Exhibitors Capucine De Wulf, Zafferano, Jackie Crow, Via Deco Home, and Cyta Art will be joined by dozens of other companies.
  • World Trade Center 10: High Style Dallas (HSD), High Style Boutique, and Antiques. High Style Dallas will feature more than 80 booths showing the “best of the best” curated collection of gifts and décor. The collection will be a juried array of lifestyle products including Laura Park Designs, Prince of Scots, Pascoe Gallery, Chelsea McShane Art, Clear Modern and many others. High Style Boutique is a new, juried collection of high fashion jewelry, accessories and apparel with visionary style, exceptional craftsmanship and high-end materials. Participating vendors include Christophe Poly/Crono Design, Shan Paulo, M Donahue Collection, and Jen’s Collection.
  • World Trade Center 12: Body & Spa, Emerging Gifts, General Gifts, Global|Fair Trade, Gourmet, HIM, HOME, Made, Tabletop/Housewares, and T-Shirts/Resort and More. This is the destination for the largest collection of new companies and trending products. The MADE collection includes handmade, American made, and Made in Texas gifts from companies including Recherche Furnishings, Freedom Studios, Jarmz Designs, Whimsical Wire & Glass, and Snowmade. The Gift section will include Goffa, Oliver Fragrance, Moon Pie Direct, Gift Bliss Enterprises, Happy Wax, and Girlie Girl Originals. In Demand will feature Poppy & Pout, Fahlo, Retro 1951, Hosanna Revival, and New Age Discoveries. Emerging Gift will include Wine Wash Co., Words For A Season, MALWEST design, Puzzlefolk, and Hang-Ups among others. For the HOME section, companies will include Gallery Panda, A Second Round Glass, Flowerhouse, Sunshine Home Textiles, and LuckyBird Home. And in Body & Spa, vendors will include California Mango, Kilee Distributing, Eleven Point Fragrances, Free Reign Farm, and The Naked Bee. In the T-shirts section Steamboat Sticker, Combat Waterfowl, Red Bobber, EMI Sportswear, and Nublu Apparel will be featured. The Gourmet collection will include Little Stinker Candy, D’Marie, The Chizel, Zax Snak, and McCutcheons Apple Products.
  • World Trade Center 13: Apparel & Fashion Accessories Temps featuring dozens of new brands to enhance one’s personal style from head to toe including Gresham Jewelry, Oliver Thomas, Pura Vida Bracelets, Davan Co, Moonglow Jewelry, and Treasure Jewels as well as Wishlist, Umgee, Why Dresses, and others.
  • Market Hall: Immediate Goods including Artisan, Gifts and Jewelry, Fine Jewelry, Home, and Vintage as well as the GO TEXAN Expo. The GO TEXAN Expo will take place in Market Hall, including more than 75 booths of businesses who grow, harvest, produce, and/or manufacture agriculture and non-agricultural products in the great state of Texas. GO TEXAN is the Texas Department of Agriculture initiative supporting Texas-based businesses. In addition to featuring numerous exhibitors, the Expo will host a variety of networking events as well as breakfast and lunch events. Additional exhibitors will fill Main Hall and North Hall including new and sought-after Artisan vendors Linny Co, Donna Marie Hats, A Rare Bird, Glenda Gies, and Bora. In Jewelry & Gifts, Alex Carol, Hart + Hollow, Salteez, The Boyssilver, and Beauty Stash. In the Vintage & Home neighborhood, exhibitors include Karma Living, BS Trading, Forever Green, Jaded Gypsy, and Cima Wholesale.

IFAM collection

The International Folk Art Market Collection returns to Dallas Market Center with more than 20 artisans from all over the world showcasing their wares and sharing their stories through their art.

The exhibit, taking place June 21-24, will be held in the World Trade Center Atrium where buyers may purchase handmade jewelry, gifts, and home décor and get to know the artisans representing India, Uzbekistan, Mexico, and other countries.

Stores and buying groups

Many multi-location retailers and buying groups, representing billions of dollars in purchasing power, will conduct business at Dallas Market Center during Total Home & Gift Market, show executives said.

Those attendees will include Southwest Buying Group, BRIXY, MAI (Monograms of America), Museum Store Association, Hospital Gift Shops/The Beryl Institute/Purchasing Power Plus, Hobby Lobby, World Market, Michael’s, Buc-ees, Neiman Marcus, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Brookshire’s Grocery, Francesca’s, HOM Furniture, South Moon Under, The Paper Store, United Supermarket, Von Maur and many others.

Retailer Excellence Awards

The 72nd Annual Retailer Excellence Awards takes place on June 21 during the Total Home & Gift Market. The event will honor seven retail winners in seven categories: Specialty Store, Multiple Locations, Visual Merchandising, Store Events, Store Design, Social Media Outreach and Online Initiatives, and Socially Responsible. In addition, GDA will also present awards to the Manufacturer of the Year and Sales Representative of the Year.

As is tradition, a representative from Gift for Life, the industry charitable organization, will announce its Industry Achievement Award, which this year is being extended to co-founders of Brandwise, Jannetta and Todd Litzman.

Special events and hospitalities

Events across campus aim to offer inspiration, connection and celebration. In addition to daily welcome events including the 9 a.m. New Buyer Scoop in the WTC atrium, highlights include daily Influencer Tours matching influencers with tours of key neighborhoods across the marketplace.

Style Eyes trend-spotting

A panel of trend experts and retail mavens will be discovering new products at market. The Style Eyes returns for summer as the program leveraging the knowledge and taste making skills of many leading industry social media influencers for their insights and discoveries.

The Style Eyes will spot must-see and unique products and trends across the marketplace including gifts, home décor, lighting, holiday/floral and fashion.

Showrooms supporting World Central Kitchen

In partnership with the industry non-profit organization Gift for Life, select showrooms will be raising funds for World Central Kitchen during the show. Portico Collection, Diverse Marketing, and others will be partnering with vendors in their showrooms as well as requesting support from buyers.

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