Outside the Lines

The modern American backyard is better than ever

Intro section image A-2Between staycations and everyday hustle and bustle, people are savoring the time they get to spend at home. The idea of entertaining friends and enjoying family time extends from bigger kitchens to home theaters to outdoor rooms.

A broader array of products and materials that are more durable – and more stylish – in a wide range of price points, makes it possible for anyone to extend living space into the backyard and do more than just sit in a lawn chair or nap in a hammock.

Outdoor kitchens rival inside counterparts with built-in grills and side burners, refrigerators and large stone countertops. Dining areas can be casual or sophisticated, depending the style of the home and the homeowners. Start with some basic questions to help guide the best options to create the ideal outdoor living space.

  1. How will the space be used? Dining, playing, relaxing or something else. Determining your top priority drives the initial emphasis, especially if the project is done in phases.
  2. How much sun? This dictates the need for umbrellas, gazebos, sunshades, etc. Should they be portable or permanent structures?
  3. Do you have adequate power resources? All the weather proof lamps are fabulous, but you still need power. Same for most water features. But, there are always lots of solar powered options too.
  4. Do you need weatherproof or weather resistant? Learn how fabrics are constructed so you have realistic expectations. The same goes for other products. Withstanding 10 hours of sun and 100 degree temps or eight months of freezing ice and snow will do a number on almost any outdoor product.
  5. A family with small children will obviously have different priorities than empty nesters reviving a love of gardening. Finding the right furniture and accessories to suit their needs will bring smiles year around when they find they’d prefer spending their leisure time at home, in their own backyard.

tab section image A-2 A fire pit provides a comfortable place to dry off after a summer swim or stay warm and roast a few marshmallows in the fall.

 

intro section image B-2 A round dining set with a built-in Lazy Susan and a neutral umbrella provides an elegant, stylish outdoor eating area.

 

 

tab section image C-2Everyone can’t have a backyard pool, but anyone can create a cozy seating area with comfortable chairs.

 
Find all the outdoor living products you need for any season in The Gardens, Building 2, Floors 9 & 10, during Markets and weekdays between Markets. There’s always a helpful staff member ready to help you find the perfect pieces for your casual living project.

 

 

Photo credits: Kipp Burgoyne Photography

Interior Design: Michelle Troxell, Grace Thomas Designs

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Editorial credit: Casual Living

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

Modern Traditional – Tweeds & Plaids for Fall

Centuries before becoming a popular fashion basic in the U.S., tweeds and plaids were Linda Richardsstaples of the good people of Scotland and Ireland. Tweed was almost an early form of camouflage, created in muted tones to help hunters and outdoorsmen blend into the landscape. Fabrics popular among the working classes evolved to a favorite of aristocrats and now span the fashion spectrum from the style runways to the great outdoors.

For the fall 2015 season, exhibitors at Atlanta Apparel presented an array of fashion-forward collections incorporating the classics in updated looks. The most traditional versions – still created to outfit those who want to stylishly enjoy outdoor pursuits are done in fresh colors with striking accents.

 

Good Shot Design       Good Shot Design       Dubarry of Ireland

For more urban aficionados, contemporary cuts and detailing updates the traditional fabrics into completely modern pieces. From adding embroidery to reinterpreting the look using other fabrics to using bolder colors, there are myriad possibilities – something to suit any age consumer.

Ivko2        Karen Zambos       Silvian Heach

 

The key to wearing these classic fabrics is fit and tailoring. It’s essential for the tailoring to be impeccable, whether a piece is fitted, flared or anything in between. Tops, skirts, pants, jackets even vests and capes provide multiple options to incorporate these fundamental elements into a wardrobe. Young contemporary consumers can find hip pieces to layer while stylish ladies can find updated traditional options. Tweeds and plaids for fall/winter can suit anyone.
RD Style     Simon Chang     Sanctuary

Products for Pampering

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Retailers looking to incorporate bath and body products into their merchandise mix will find a plethora of artisan spa and personal care products at the Atlanta Spring Gift, Home Furnishings and Holiday Market® (Temporaries and Showrooms through March 15). In … Continue reading

Make Your Holiday Shopping List – in March

While there are glimpses of spring in some parts of the country, mounds of snow cover the ground in other regions. Forget sunshine and jonquils for a moment, let’s talk Christmas. Why? Because March is the last chance for retailers to book orders for the 2015 holiday season.

ESC Trading Co. Industry veterans understand the prolonged ordering season but newcomers or those who don’t carry a lot of product might not realize how critical timing is in the world of tinsel, wreaths and twinkling lights. Manufacturing orders are placed based on the orders written at the beginning of the year during January Markets. That means March is the last order-writing opportunity for many of the most popular holiday products. Otherwise, they’ll simply be sold out.

Such long lead times makes it absolutely vital for retailers to know their customers so they can accurately anticipate what they’ll need – and want – when the holiday season rolls around again. If a retailer waits until a customer comes in and asks Midwest for something, it’s probably too late to order it. Stores have to have plan ahead for what shoppers will want before they even start thinking about summer vacations.

When shopping for the 2015 season, there are several concepts to keep in mind. Look for gilded glam with lots of gold; soft monochromatic with silver and pastels, rustic woodland colors and textures and luxe bejeweled pieces. All those choices should mean there’s something to delight every customer as soon as they finish Halloween candy and hit the stores for Christmas décor.

Sullivans           Melrose International           Homart

Find it all during the Atlanta Spring Gift, Home Furnishings & Holiday Market.

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