What’s New Downtown

Welcome to Atlanta for the largest Market of the year! Over the past year, Downtown Atlanta’s walkable tourism district has become more exciting than ever before with more than $1.5 billion in new development, including the new Atlanta Streetcar. The Atlanta Streetcar carries passengers along a 2.7 mile loop with stops at popular tourist spots, restaurants, and hotels.

Whether you’re interested in visiting major attractions, delving into Atlanta’s history and culture or trying the city’s best restaurants, the Streetcar has a stop for you. Hop on the Streetcar from AmericasMart and begin your journey!

Central Station for Family Fun

Hall of Fame exterior (1)The Centennial Olympic Park stop offers endless options for family-friendly fun. Catch a ride on the SkyView ferris wheel for a glimpse of Atlanta from 200 feet above. Visit Pemberton Place, home to the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium and the newly opened Center for Civil and Human Rights. Across the park, head to the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. This state-of-the-art shrine for college football fans, offers high-tech exhibits that wow even non-fan visitors.

Walk down Marietta Street and grab a bite to eat with the family in the Luckie Marietta District. Try STATS, an upscale sports bar with an award-winning patio, Der Biergarten, a taste of Germany with favorites like bratwursts and wiener schnitzels, or Legal Seafoods, specializing in freshly-caught coastal seafood.

Round-trip Ticket to Culture and Dining

At the Carnegie at Spring stop, travel 73 stories above the city to the Sun Dial Restaurant & Bar atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza. The Westin’s revolving restaurant provides fresh cuisine and sweeping 360 degree views of Atlanta’s skyline.

After dinner, catch a show at Balzer Theatre at Herren’s, located at the Luckie at Cone stop. Balzer’s Theatre is home of the Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta’s second-oldest professional theatre company.

Just one stop away at Park Place, the Rialto Center for the Arts showcases some of the world’s top national and international jazz talent and globally-inspired music and dance acts. On Auburn Avenue the Youth Art Connection serves as a gallery for up-and-coming artists.

Venture down Edgewood Avenue to the next stop, Sweet Auburn Curb Market. This lively culinary complex is Atlanta’s oldest public market. Local vendors, chefs and restaurateurs own the popular stalls throughout the Curb Market, including Grindhouse Killer Burger, Bell Street Burritos and Sweet Auburn Bakery, among many others.

Continue on to the Edgewood at Hillard stop to downtown Atlanta’s new hotspot for nightlife. Edgewood Avenue is the perfect place to dine with friends or dance the night away after a successful day of business at the Mart. Feast on Napoletana-Style wood-fired pizza at Ammazza and finish with house-made limoncello. After dinner, walk one block east to the Sound Table for a hip music scene and house-made cocktails.

AJD_MLK_EternalFlame_hrll-Aboard to Experience Atlanta’s Civil Rights History

Atlanta is known as the breeding ground for the American civil rights movement. Visit the birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the King Historic District. Learn about Dr. King’s nonviolent principles at the King Center and sit in the pews of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King and his father preached every Sunday. On your way out, walk in the footsteps of iconic civil right leaders at The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame and pay tribute to Dr. King and Coretta Scott King at the reflecting pool that houses their tombs.

At Auburn at Piedmont, learn about the history and legacy of the Sweet Auburn District at the APEX Museum. The APEX museum is devoted to promoting cultural awareness and the social contributions of African-Americans in Georgia. Visitors can sit in a replica of Atlanta’s original streetcar that used to run on the historic street during the early 1900’s.

GP_COP_Fountain_Reflection_NonHDR_hrKeep the dialogue going at the Center for Civil and Human Rights back at Centennial Olympic Park. Through interactive exhibits, historical artifacts and strong imagery, The Center serves as a connector between the past and the present.

Getting around Downtown Atlanta has never been easier. Grab a seat on the Streetcar and get ready to experience Atlanta in a whole new way. Learn more at americasmart travel  or acvb.

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

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.



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

Ward and Ward Showroom

Halter Dress
S/S 15 catwalks are awash with halter-neck 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

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.

Essential Tips for IDS

AmericasMart Buyers 6AmericasMart’s famous semi-annual Immediate Delivery Show takes place October 28-30, 2014. This cash and carry event is the year’s last buying opportunity where you’ll discover unique products across all price points perfect for stocking up for the holidays or the next season, all ready to take with you!

The October 2014 is the largest cash and carry event of the year, so we have prepared some tips for making it your best IDS experience yet:

PLAN YOUR PARKING: The AmericasMart decks in Buildings 2 and 3 will be open for the Market. If they are full, there are other parking garages around AmericasMart that are a short walk to the Marketplace. A list of garages around AmericasMart can be available via this link: http://www.americasmart.com/market-info/travel/directions/parking#/

KNOW WHERE TO LOOK FOR SAMPLES: In addition to those showrooms that choose to offer samples, an expansive cash and carry temporary Market takes place on Building 3 Floor 1. The temps are open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursday. A full list of temporary exhibitors can be viewed via this link: http://www.americasmart.com/gift/oct-ids#/

BRING CASH: Some showrooms will take credit or debit cards, but most prefer cash during IDS. If you need more cash, ATMs are located in the Building 1 lobby, on Building 2 Floor 2 and on Building 3 Floor 1 outside of the Market Café.

BRING A CART: Samples purchased at IDS are cash and carry meaning you’ll need to take them with you when you leave. Avoid returning to your car over and over by bringing a small cart for all of your finds. With so much traffic on the floors, please be careful and courteous of others when navigating your cart.

LOCATE THE DOCKS: Larger items such as furniture that cannot be carried out by hand or on a cart will need to be picked up at the loading docks. When you’re ready to pick up your items, take your car to the loading dock associated with the building where you bought the piece and an AmericasMart staff member will help you load it into your car.

The Building 1 and Building 2 loading docks are on John Portman Blvd. An additional Building 2 and Building 3 loading docks are on Williams Street.

WRITE ORDERS: Many showrooms offering samples are still writing orders for non-sample merchandise. Use IDS as another opportunity to order for your store or projects.

MAINTAIN CALM: Please remember that there’s a lot of activity and a lot of people on campus. Please be patient and courteous with both other buyers and showroom personnel.

What tips do you have for an ideal IDS experience?


ICON HONORS 2015 Call for Entries Open Now

Your road to ICON HONORS recognition starts here.

Enter to win–and to take your place alongside the best in the home and gift industry.  It’s the most celebrated and respected recognition you can achieve.  And no one is more eligible to win than you.

There are 16 categories of competition within the main categories of INNOVATION, CONTRIBUTION, BRANDING and ACHIEVEMENT.

For more information, view the ICON HONORS 2015 Call for Entries press release.

Your online submission is simpler than ever with new features to make entering even easier.

Every ICON HONOR starts here, so don’t miss your chance.


ICON HONORS 2014 Call for Entries2

Denim Do’s for Spring/ Summer 2015

Denim pieces are a classic no matter the season. For Spring/Summer2015 lines are mixing it up with denim shirts, dresses, rompers, jumpsuits and more in addition to traditional jean pants. We spotted new cuts, designs and even the return of the overall all over the October Atlanta Apparel Market Showrooms and Temporaries.

Overalls, denim tops and a denim jumpsuit by Paige Denim (Floor 9 S335B)


Fit and flare acid wash dress by Kensie Jeans (2-102B)


Ombre denim dress styled with a fur vest and statement necklace by Hot & Delicious (2-115)


Patterned jean by Beija-Flor Jeans (2-540)


Cargo jeans with a knit waistband by Kensie Jeans (2-102B)



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

Charlie Southern

Southern Doe

Southern Doe



Southern Cross Apparel

Southern Cross Apparel

Southern Snow

Southern Snow


States of Mind

State of Mine

Flashback to Neon Brights for Spring & Summer

Ark & Co.Walk the aisles and showrooms of the Atlanta Apparel Market and you might think it’s 1984 instead of 2014. Flashes of neon burst from racks and displays across collections. From accessories and trims to separates to dresses, vivid color brings life to myriad pieces.

Ark & Co.  Esley Honey Punch USA

Bursts of nJulia Jordaneon aren’t restricted to a single category; there are pieces in lines ranging from Young Contemporary to Fashion Accessories to Moderate and Better collections. While everyone of every age can’t pull off electric pink chiffon shorts or a glowing yellow crop top, punches of brightness add life to tops, dresses and accessories making the luminous options available to every customer.

Whether you’re looking for a burst of life to create a bold summer display or just looking for a few pieces to add pops of color, ideas abound at Market.

Voom by Joy Han Kaya di Koko-Vaccarelli Katherine WayZ&L Europe