About Kim McCoy

Senior Managing Editor at AmericasMart Atlanta

Explore, Discover and Buy in the Temps

Shop Temps for the Next Big Thing

AWH_PHOTO-8131-2To set their shops apart from competitors, successful buyers purchase not only top-selling merchandise, but also exclusive products that customers can’t easily find in other stores. To fulfill this shopping mission, the cleverest among them head straight to Temporaries at AmericasMart to peruse one of the most expansive such collections in the nation for both home, gift and apparel.

“Temps is where the next big trends emerge,” says Jo Ann Miller Marshall, executive vice president, AmericasMart Atlanta. “Experts from our team search the country – and the globe — to find exhibitors offering unique items.” The selections are culled from trips to about 75 different locations, including stops in Paris, Frankfurt, High Point, New York and Las Vegas. It involves a lot of research, talking and listening to manufacturers and artists, and many miles of “boots on the ground.” With deep experience in their category niches and a passion for what they do, these buyers have a knack for identifying what’s in vogue and a nose for the next big thing.

For example, the nationwide sensation Elf on the Shelf rose to popularity in the market’s Temps area. In fact, many of the permanent showrooms initially started as temporary exhibitors.

“Temporaries is an incubator for tomorrow’s permanent showroom space,” explains Marshall. “If you are just now discovering a line in showroom, five years ago you could have been ahead of the curve if you had discovered them in temps. This approach enables exhibitors to cultivate a buyer base and move up to showrooms.”

Style-driven collections
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Some temps areas feature juried collections, vetted for discerning buyers. For Gift & Home Markets, these include Boutique, Emerging Artists, Gardens LUXE, Gentleman’s Boutique, Gourmet LUXE, Handmade Design, Handmade Jewelry, HIGH DESIGN®, HIGH DESIGN® LUXE, Made in America, Modern Baby & Contemporary Kid, On Trend Gifts and Tabletop LUXE. During Apparel, there’s Premiere®, Young Contemporary, Ready-To-Wear, Shoe Studio, Fashion Accessories, Children’s World and more.

The January and July Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Markets feature more than 4,000 temporary booths in 33 product categories, each conveniently located near the related permanent showroom space. Each Apparel Market feature multiple floors of temps, with a broad range of price points and style designations.

“This arrangement makes it easy for buyers to locate products,” says Marshall. In addition, the AmericasMart App (americasmart.com/app) enhances the shopping experience, packed with information to help you navigate, gain the most from the show and enhance your efficiency.

“Temps at our Apparel Markets constantly break new ground. We have lines that end upAWH_PHOTO-4660-2 being named among Oprah’s favorites. And, our Emerging Designer Showcase provide the next great names in design an opportunity to meet top buyers,” says Marshall.

“One of the distinctive aspects of our major January and July shows is an equal focus on home and gift,” says Marshall. We want buyers to leave the Market with a feeling of excitement. Shopping temps gives you the opportunity to find that new line that no one else in your town has discovered.”

Shop Temporaries in all three buildings, organized by product collection, during the January and July Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and in designated locations during the other Markets of the year. 

Kids Trends for Fall/Winter 2015

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During March market at Atlanta Apparel, It’s a Kidsworld magazine’s Caryn Salomon shared the top children’s trends for Fall/Winter 2015/2016. We took those insights and found examples in showrooms across the 13th floor. Here’s a peek at some of our favorite fashions. Wildly … Continue reading

Must-Haves for Fall 2015

It may be time for Spring Fever, but we’re feeling the love for Fall at Atlanta Apparel. Be sure to stock up on these key pieces for your store.

The Turtleneck
Cut with a slim, high neck, wear as a classic staple layering piece. Or opt for a chunky, outsized neckline to wear as a standalone item.

Paul & Joe, Atlanta Apparel at AmericasMart

Paul & Joe

BCBG Max Azria, AmericasMart.com

BCBG Max Azria

Milly

Milly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sachin + Babi

Sachin + Babi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Wide-Leg Flare

Cut from fluid fabric to accentuate the flare. Look for added masculine details at the waist.

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

Milly

Milly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nipped-Waist Coat
Cut in a classic, tailored silhouette. Add darts or a tailored belt for a nipped-in, modern and feminine shape.

Trina Turk

Trina Turk

Desigual

Desigual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Sweater Dress

Constructed in fine-gauge ribs for a slim silhouette. Graphic contrasts add interest to elongated proportions.

BCBG Max Azria sweater dress fall 2015

BCBG Max Azria

Sita Murt sweater dress fall/winter 2015

Sita Murt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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See all these brands and much, much more at Atlanta Apparel, March 19-23, 2015.

Trend forecasting and images courtesy of WGSN

 

Earrings – Beyond the Stud

Earrings are making a statement this season. During January Market at Atlanta Apparel, we saw a stunning selection of bejeweled earring jackets, front-and-back peekaboo earrings, ear climbers and cuffs from several of our exhibitors. Take a look!

Earring jackets, earring cuffs. House of Harlow at Atlanta Apparel. AmericasMart.com

House of Harlow

SUCCARRA Showroom (Melanie Auld)

SUCCARRA Showroom
(Melanie Auld)

CC Skye jewelry at Atlanta Apparel

CC Skye

Judson & Company

Judson & Company

Gorjana

Gorjana

 

For the Boys

Looking for something new for the guys? Check out these picks from around market.

This ultra-portable grill from Kikkerland is perfect for a hamburger on the go. (Just Got 2 Have It! Building 2, 1721)
Kikkerland portable grill at AmericasMart Atlanta
Ties are reimagined into picture frames from Two’s Company. (Building 2, 1717)
Two's Company tie frames at AmericasMart Atlanta
For the Star Wars fan, how about light saber grilling tongs from Underground Toys? (RPM Gifts, Buildng 2, 1739)
Underground Toys light saber grill tongs at AmericasMart Atlanta
Step up their game with a handsome horseshoes set from Henley. (Appelman Schauben, Building 2, 1829)
Henley horseshoes caddy at AmericasMart Atlanta

Combine two loves, beer and sports, with these bottle openers from Tokens & Icons. (Building 2, Floor 1, Booth 1-502)
Tokens & Icons unique can openers at AmericasMart AtlantaGuys need pampering, too! Try some of the shaving products from Jack Black. (Just Got 2 Have It, Building 2, 1721)
Jack Black men's shave products at AmericasMart AtlantaAnd so much more! All at AmericasMart Atlanta. The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market is happening now through January 13.

 

Juniors Trends for Spring/Summer 2015

Tomboy Crop
Loose tomboy tees shrink to cropped proportions for a casual take on spring-relevant abbreviation. Look for relaxed fits, boxy silhouettes with hemlines ranging from midriff to hip-grazing.

Ward and Ward Showroom at Atlanta Apparel. AmericasMart.com

Ward and Ward Showroom


Transparent Tee
Delicate translucency elevates basic tees, adding an element of airy peek-a-boo fragility to this everyday staple. Tees are boyish and outsized in proportion. Look for overlaid appliqué, block panels, graphics and repeat motifs for added interest.

J.O.A. at Atlanta Apparel. AmericasMart.com

J.O.A.


Delicate Pullover
Slimline pullovers are airy thanks to weightless yarns, pointelle play and openwork stitches. Look for decorative stitches and lacy textures in white or delicate pastel hues.

Ward and Ward Showroom at Atlanta Apparel

Ward and Ward Showroom


Halter Dress
S/S 15 catwalks are awash with halterneck silhouettes, updating simple day dresses with a fresh shoulder-exposing detail. From stiff shifts to femme fit-and-flares, look for crossover, tied and buttoned straps with playful prints, 3D textures and embellishment.

Madison Mathews at Atlanta Apparel -- AmericasMart.com

Madison Mathews


Retro Set
Matched sets continue, with the newest incarnations referencing 1950s pin-up girls, with a touch of rebellion via barely-there hemlines. Crops pair with high-waisted miniskirts and hot pants.

Ward and Ward Showroom

Ward and Ward Showroom


Trend forecasting courtesy of WGSN/Stylesight.

It’s T-shirt Time!

T-shirts are back for Spring 2015. With an assortment of witty taglines and eye-catching designs, you’re sure to find the perfect tee for your customer. We’ve assembled a few of our favorite Southern exhibitors in the 400 section on Floor 3, right off the escalator. Stop by to check them out, and keep an eye out for the T-shirt trend throughout Atlanta Apparel.

Charlie Southern at Atlanta Apparel -- AmericasMart.com

Charlie Southern

Southern Doe at Atlanta Apparel - AmericasMart.com

Southern Doe

Written at Atlanta Apparel - AmericasMart.com

Written

Southern Cross Apparel at Atlanta Apparel - AmericasMart.com

Southern Cross Apparel

Southern Snow Auburn University shirt at Atlanta Apparel - AmericasMart.com

Southern Snow

 

States of Mind at Atlanta Apparel -- AmericasMart.com

State of Mine