Only Dallas Market Center presents the most complete collection of new and best-selling products across lifestyle categories including gifts, home décor, lighting, holiday and floral, housewares, gourmet, fashion, artisan products, and more. A record-setting fifty-two new and expanding showrooms debuted during the seven-day global trade event as well as thousands of new product launches from leading industry names and emerging companies.
“The January show was clearly the strongest buying event in recent memory as we delivered more of what retailers and designers need: new showrooms, new products, inspiring events, and interaction with industry influencers,” said Cindy Morris, Dallas Market Center president and CEO. “Steady buying and deep order-writing took place throughout the show, and the permanent showrooms continued to write orders as we transitioned into the Apparel & Accessories Market with a new wave of enthusiastic buyers arriving with impressive open-to-buy.”
The strong buyer attendance and steady order writing was driven by a successful retail holiday season, high demand for more new and unique products, the record number of new resources available in Dallas, and by Dallas Market Center’s prime location in the center of the strongest economic zone in the U.S. and with efficient travel options from all 50 states, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Headlining the hundreds of market events, showroom receptions, promotions, and seminars was the appearance by Hollywood legend Diane Keaton. The dynamic presentation, attended by more than 1,000 customers, included the personal story behind her latest book, “The House That Pinterest Built.” The presentation was followed by a reception and book signing in the Aidan Gray showroom. On Friday evening, the 29th annual ARTS Awards took place to a capacity crowd, awarding the home industry’s highest honor across more than 20 categories as well as the Academy of Achievement honor to Randy Eller and a Humanitarian Award to the Houston Furniture Bank.
For interior designers and fans of interior design, a full slate of events educated and entertained. Influencers including Alexa Hampton, Nick May, Julia Buckingham, Robin Baron, Steven Favreau, Michael Mitchell, Tyler Hill, Donna Moss, Dann Foley, Libby Langdon, Michelle Workman, Nancy Price, Kelli Ellis, and Rebecca Robeson participated in design panels throughout the show to eager crowds.
Throughout the Dallas marketplace, exhibitors reported a successful show that created tremendous momentum for 2018.
Gift: The largest and most comprehensive product neighborhoods in Dallas featured dozens of new exhibitors.
Home: Driven by the unique Dallas combination of top retailers and design traffic, the unprecedented expansion of home décor and furnishings resources continued its rapid pace including new or expanded spaces for Feizy, Accent Décor, Gabby, Go Home, Loloi, Park Hill, Forty West, Ethan & Associates, Erdos + Ko, ellahome, and many others.
Lighting: The largest residential lighting trade event in North America, Lightovation—Dallas International Lighting Show, welcomed buyers from around the world and featured 50,000 square feet of new and expanding showrooms including Modern Forms, Progress Lighting, Tech Lighting, and Arteriors.
Housewares and Gourmet: The fastest growing Housewares marketplace in the U.S. welcomed additional lines, incredible product launches, and honored leading companies with the Gourmet Gold Housewares Awards. The marketplace also celebrated the 30th anniversary of Gourmet Market.
Holiday and Floral: Dallas’ reputation as the Home of Holidays and a center of creative floral resources continued as the energy level and interest in new products reached new heights.
The Temps: The reinvention of the temps in Dallas continues as more new companies participated and as key new categories flourish including MADE, Charitable Giving, and Business Services.
Apparel and Fashion Accessories: The largest collection of fashion resources in the U.S. presented retailers with hundreds of new options for women’s apparel, fashion accessories, childrenswear, and western resources.
Buying power from many of the leading boutiques and independent stores in the U.S. was matched by the participation by some of the most important industry organizations and buying groups including AHVRP, ASTRA, Brixy, Learning Express, Museum Store Association, Purchasing Power Plus, Southwest Buying Group, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Zoo & Aquariums, HTI; GC Buying Group (Gourmet Catalog); and Monograms America.
The Dallas Total Home & Gift Market took place concurrently with Lightovation—Dallas International Lighting Show (January 17-21), the largest residential lighting show in North America and the primary buying venue for lighting retailers, as well as Dallas Holiday & Home Expo (January 17-23), Dallas Total Housewares & Gourmet Market (January 17-23), and The Temps at Total Home & Gift Market (January 17-21).
Dallas Market Center is located in the strongest economic zone in the U.S., and five of the ten fastest growing cities in the U.S. are located within Texas. In addition, travel costs to Dallas are the lowest among all major market destination cities. In addition to two convenient airports and more than 8,000 free parking spaces, an efficient regional rail system offers a Dallas Market Center station directly behind the marketplace for easy access to downtown and other destinations.
To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and the DMC Daily Dose.
About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.