Fresh February Lines in Atlanta

February Apparel Market means fresh looks for summer. From top accessories to timeless materials, new looks and new names abound in Atlanta.

To discover the latest in contemporary and designer fashions, don’t miss the evolving Temporary collections on Floors 2, 3 and 4. With 50 percent more exhibitors than February 2011, the Temps offer boundless opportunities to expand into new lines.

Check out hot fashions from labels including Robins Jeans, Brian Lichtenberg, Matt and Nat, Beija-Flor Jeans, Minnie Rose, Cambio, Repeat Cashmere, Magaschoni, Mavi, Elaine Turner, Dolce Vita, Old Gringo, Renee C, Ark and Co, Via Spiga, Free Endearment, Calvin Klein Performance, Fresh Produce, ZAD, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Minuet, Miilla, Marrakech Clothing, Go Silk, Grace Hats, By Phillipe Illia, Darling and MUCH MORE.

Temporaries are open February 2-4 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and February 5 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Full Market information is always available online.

Atlanta Apparel welcomes Montreal Collections

Atlanta Apparel
is thrilled to be partnering with the
Québec Government Office here in Atlanta to feature The Montréal Collections in our upcoming fashion show, October 14, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Atrium, preceded by an elegant cocktail reception.

The October Market will showcase top lines manufactured in Montréal exclusively offered here at the Atlanta Apparel Mart. Our featured guest designer will be Ms. Iris Setlakwe of the renowned Iris Collection featuring 30 fabulous outfits from her new Spring 2012 Collection along with 15 other designers’ lines from Quebec. 

Montréal is home to the largest Fashion Mart in Canada and headquarters for several major North American apparel companies. It is also host to several high-profile fashion events, including the Montréal Fashion Week, the Fashion and Design Festival and the North American Fur and Fashion Exhibition (NAFFEM).

Over time, Montréal has gained a reputation as a design capital, attracting designers from multiple disciplines. In 2007, UNESCO awarded a special honor to Montréal by labeling it a UNESCO City of Design

Please join us on October 14 to see what Montréal has to offer.

For more information: Virginia Rand-Hill, Trade Attaché, Quebec Government Office Atlanta, or 404-584-2995 x 59913


The Runway is HAUTE at Atlanta Apparel

MorrellMaxieThe Nation’s Largest Prom Market begins in just a few short days! Don’t miss the biggest fashion show of the year, Haute for Prom, as Atlanta Apparel presents the world’s top special occasion designers in one fabulous evening. Taking place on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the atrium LOUNGE on Floor 2, Haute for Prom will spotlight the latest styles and trends for Prom 2012.

Taking center stage are four featured sponsors. Platinum Sponsors Mac Duggal and House of Wu along with Gold Sponsor Karishma Creations and Silver Sponsor Morrell Maxie, will highlight collections of prom, bridal, pageantry, homecoming, Quinceañera and social occasion and accessory designs opening the show with their newest collections. Plus, there will be dozens of more names to see throughout the evening

The style spectacular doesn’t stop there! The Style Runway Fashion Show featuring Holiday and Resort takes over the catwalk on Friday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. Buyers are invited to join us for complimentary cocktails, flatbread pizzas and free giveaways prior to the fashion show beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Can’t make these shows? Check out the Daily Strut fashion shows taking place in the Atrium Lounge at noon & 3 p.m.

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Whose looks will be strutting down the Haute for Prom runway?

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  • Fashion 1001 Nights by Nina Canacci
  • Helen’s Heart
  • House of Wu
  • Issue
  • Jasz Couture
  • Jim’s Formalwear
  • Joli Prom
  • Josh and Jazz
  • Jolene by Josh and Jazz
  • Karishma Creations
  • Kathy Ireland Weddings by 2Be
  • Kiss Kiss Formals by PC Mary’s
  • Lil’ Allie Girl Designs by Becky
  • Liz Fields/Starlet
  • Love 16 by Enzoani
  • Mac Duggal
  • Macis Design
  • Milano Formals
  • Morgeez Prom & Pageant
  • Morrell Maxie
  • Mystique Prom by Bonny Bridal
  • Nicole Bakti
  • Night Moves by Allure
  • Evenings by Allure
  • Nika
  • Rina di Montella
  • Riva Designs
  • Shimmer by Bari Jay
  • Bari Jay Bridesmaids
  • Sweetie Pie Collection
  • Tip Top Kids
  • Tuxedo Central
  • Zcreationz

Try Something New this Season: Vegan Leather Handbags

abeje-sneed-1659Alternative leather Handbags in vegan leather, industrial felt, waxed cotton and faux fur have walked the Atlanta runway. Howver, finding non-leather US-manufactured handbags is difficult. Many designers claim to use “GREEN” materials but leather tanning involves multiple toxins and is NOT an eco-friendly material. Previously, alternative materials were even worse. New handbag materials include: Industrial felt, waxed cotton, vegan leather (Non-PVC bio-degradable urethane) and organic fabrics. When seeking the real deal, ask to see material certifications when you talk with exhibitors – true Eco-Fashion designers certify materials for all of their products. All organics should be GOTS certified to insure they meet Global standards. 

There are additional ways in which designers and manufacturers can approach the eco-fashion trend including: designing with eco-friendly materials, creating zero-waste manufacturing methods (or patterns), analyzing alternative power sources for manufacturing process and identifying local distribution options for lowering the carbon footprint of fashion products. A few accessory companies, such as Fibre Arts Design,  Palo Alto, CA have adopted many of these eco-friendly practices for their handbag line. For instance, they design and cut zero or low wasted patterns for manufacturing to lower or eliminate the waste in the manufacturing process. Many items are actually constructed using fabrics rewoven from cutting room waste. In addition, all the power for Fibre Arts Design is purchased from Wind and Solar power sources. Many communities have begun to offer these “green” or alternative power options to businesses. It may cost more to purchase green power, but the result is a lower carbon footprint product. In addition, Fibre Arts is in discussion with some Atlanta folks to explore setting up an eco-friendly manufacturing plant on the east coast to offer even lower carbon footprint shipping options to retail partners in the Eastern US.

Find out more about Wo and Fibre Arts Design studio here:

Plus, be sure to visit Fibre Arts Designs at their booth in Premier on the 2nd Floor, booth #2-114.

Icing on the Cake: “Bundle Up” for Greater Profits

TJReid2(I was inspired to do this article after visiting my daughter’s store, RUBY,  where I noticed how many little items she had tied together with ribbon as a “set.”  There were several bracelets together, panty packs of two, three or five, a package of three tees, etc.  The pricing was even numbered like $10, $20, etc. and as a shopper I could realize how quick and easy this choice could be. It seemed especially effective for the Valentine shopping season in progress.  The more I thought about it, the more I felt the need to share “bundling up” for better profits with each of you!)

All of us enjoy a sweet deal, by just like icing on the cake, it can be overdone.  Bundling is a delicate blend of ingredients that:

*Sweetens the deal for your customers
* Increases your average sale
* Boosts your employees’ productivity
*Reduces your risks

If you are considering bundling, ask yourself these questions:

1) What are some of the challenges shoppers face in buying clothing
Some folks are color blind or have no fashion sense. They are in a hurry and forget to buy the related purchases they need. They long for help in making    decisions.  A bundle is already combined and ready – no choice.

2) What can I bundle together to make life easier for my customers?
Shoes and Handbags
Assorted Accessories that mix/match
Hosiery for the outfit
Socks for the shoes
Tees with Jeans
Tops w/suits
Slippers with robes
Panties with bras
7 panties (one for each day)
Basic tees set (red, black, white)
Lip gloss and mirror
Gloves & scarf
Anything that makes sense together or fills a need!

3) What benefits would buyers gain from bundles?
Customers would save time, whether shopping for themselves or a gift, they would find things easier. A bundle usually adds more versatility and functionality to a wardrobe by mixing and matching. Shoppers usually think a bundle is a better deal and they feel good about saving.

4) What benefit would the retailer gain from this?
Total sales should increase. Multiples units would be sold. Customers would appreciate the creativity and novelty of the combination.
Employee’s productivity should go up because they will generate more sales dollars per customer.

Look around, what goes together as the perfect bundle in your store?

Learn even more and be further inspired at TJ’s seminar at the Apparel Market on Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m. She’ll get you excited about driving traffic through promotions and contests. More information on her seminar and full lineup of events can be found here.

More on bundling can be found in “Pricing for Profit” by Dale Furtwengler, available from

Atlanta Apparel Sets the Stage for 2011 Retail

Feb11_LogoWith the finishing details in place, Atlanta Apparel gears up for the New Year’s first Apparel Market, kicking off tomorrow, Feb. 3. Poised to welcome thousands of retailers, Atlanta Apparel is featuring the hottest trends of the upcoming seasons in women’s, men’s and children’s apparel with a special focus on Accessories.

As this year’s hottest category, accessories have gained the spotlight at Atlanta Apparel. These products that sell—and fast—will dominate Market. Supporting this trend is an educational seminar with forward-thinking speakers tapped to address how and when to add accessories and shoes to your business.  Accessories are crucial for a successful product mix, and this Market, Atlanta Apparel raises the stakes in variety of product offerings with hundreds of lines in jewelry, handbags, watches, belts and more–in styles fit for every buyer. IMG_9419

Plus, don’t miss the Daily Strut Fashion Shows, taking place every day at noon and 3 p.m. These mini-runway events highlight the premier trends of Market and support Friday night’s Style Runway Fashion Show, taking place at 6:30 p.m. on Floor 2.

Atlanta Apparel is your destination for trends, events, education and fun for the upcoming retail season. Prepare to be immersed in the fashion forward excitement tomorrow, Feb. 3 beginning at 11 a.m. with a Light-Up Lip Gloss Giveaway!

To read the entire Market release, click here.

Find Market details here.

Judith March Exclusive Sponsor of February Atlanta Apparel Style Runway

jm_logo_02Atlanta Apparel houses the industry’s most sought-after designs and lines, attracting retailers from around the nation. This week, at the first Atlanta Apparel Market of the year, taking place February 3-7, 2011, top manufactures and designers will debut the newest trends in accessories, shoes, women’s, men’s and children’s apparel.  To showcase the styles that will soon be seen in stores across the nation, Atlanta Apparel will feature The Style Runway fashion show, exclusively sponsored by Judith March.me_37d-10Whimsy_f

As the headlining sponsor of Style Runway, Judith March will take center stage and open the show with its new lines by designer and creator Stephanie Nichols. A returning sponsor, Judith March will debut its spring 2011 collection of breezy new pieces with unmistakable patterns and fresh styles.

It all happens on Friday starting at 6 p.m. in the atrium. Don’t miss it!

To read the entire release, click here.

For more information about the upcoming Market, click here.

Visit for more details on this hot designer and new lines.