Friday, October 24, 2014

Dallas Market Center Connects Designers to Retailers

Have you ever wondered how the products created by emerging designers find their way into your favorite retail stores? Connecting those dots are wholesale apparel marts across the US, including Dallas Market Center which welcomes 75,000 buyers and conducts more than 50 trade and special events annually. Opened in 1957 and last expanded in 2007, the four buildings that comprise Dallas Market Center feature more than 5 million square feet and showcases apparel, accessories, gifts, decorative accessories, housewares, lighting, tabletop and stationery. There are more than 1,500 permanent showrooms and 500,000 square feet of temporary exhibit show space available to registered buyers.

Last Wednesday, I hosted a Sneak Peek and gave a group of Dallas fashion bloggers an exclusive inside look at what a day in the life of a retail buyer is like. We visited several showrooms and saw a variety of lines that ranged from local designers to national brands. Even a fashion guru like Holly Quartaro (style expert for the Galleria Dallas) said to me as we passed the Michael Kors showroom, "It never occurred to me that buyers could come here to see a line like Michael Kors... I just assumed you had to go to New York or LA." Nope, buyers can come to DMC and find almost every designer known to them - and discover many new ones every time they come to market. Our group was warmly received by the showrooms we visited and at one of our stops I was graciously gifted with a beautiful pair of earrings from designer Fantasia by DeSerio. You know I love swag! We ended our day with a thrilling runway show featuring Spring 2015 trends and champs (of course!) Many thanks to Dallas Market Center for playing such an important role within our fashion community.For more information, visit

Dawn Neufeld got snuggly with fur wraps from Kelly Kouri  |  Dawn Mellon, Tiffany Hendra and Holly Quartaro 
toasted our fun day together with some champagne before the fashion show finale 

Check out the fashion/style bloggers who attended and find a few you connect with! Each of these lovely ladies has a unique style and their own voice to share with you:

Kelley Barnes, The Style Barn
Stephanie Drenka, Geek Glam
Ellen Flowers, The Perennial Style
Leah Frazier, DFW Style Daily and The Examiner
Tiffany Hendra, Sanctuary of Style 
Jaleesa Howard, The Fashion Geek
LeeAnne Locken, The Fashionistas
Dawn Neufeld, Co-Host of KTXD's The Broadcast and The Gridiron Goddess
Dawn Mellon, The Savvy Stylist
Holly Quartaro Fashion Stylist, Galleria Dallas