Atlanta Apparel temporary exhibit offering experiences 15% growth
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, according to International Market Centers (IMC).
“Atlanta Apparel buyers and brands brought the energy to educational and networking events, temporary exhibits and permanent showrooms this February,” said Caron Stover, senior vice president of apparel at IMC. “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.”
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.
Order writing of spring/summer categories
Atlanta Apparel kicked off the year offering 360-plus permanent showrooms, 14 of which were new this January, and 380-plus 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, Georgia, 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.”
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.