Top 10 Wholesale Clothing Markets to Visit
There’s no better way to understand fashion merchandising and the retail industry, than to attend a wholesale market, tradeshow or showcase in a fashion-forward city. These retail venues allow wholesale buyers and store owners to purchase clothes, accessories and other items in bulk at lower prices. Once these items arrive at boutiques and other retail stores, the owner will mark-up the price to cover freight, tax and, of course, make a profit. Depending on the event, some wholesale markets require attendees to be registered retail buyers or instead pay a public entrance fee. If you’re serious about fashion and a career in fashion merchandising, then these markets are for you! Here are 10 haute wholesale clothing markets to visit:
- Dallas Market Center
Come see what “Big D” has to offer for hopeful buyers or sales reps at the renowned Dallas Market Center, the world’s largest wholesale marketplace. Comprised of four buildings: World Trade Center, Trade Mart, International Floral & Gift Center and Market Hall, this megaplex host various shows for latest names in women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, bridal gowns and more.
- California Market Center
Los Angeles is one of the most fashion-forward cities in the nation and California Market Center (CMC) makes it possible to get thousands of premier apparel and décor collections at wholesale prices. The CMC is home to Los Angeles Fashion Market, Los Angeles Majors Market, L.A. Kids Market, Transit: The Los Angeles Shoe Show and more markets to fit your retail needs.
New York City’s fashion trade show, fame., is a leading exhibitor for junior’s, young contemporary and women’s apparel and accessories. This trade show puts upcoming designer labels on the map, in addition to pulling consumer favorites, like BCBGeneration and Steve Madden. Take your pick from one of the many show dates happening in the fall, winter or summer, and while you’re in “The Big Apple,” check out AccessoriesTheShow and Moda Manhattan, which run concurrently with fame.
- PROJECT LAS VEGAS
PROJECT is a bi-annual fashion event that is held in Las Vegas and New York. This apparel market features hundreds of contemporary brands and trend-setting looks that have both national and international appeal. PROJECT largely pushes sportswear collections, denim and casual apparel, created by new and established fashion designers. This niche fashion market has received high attendance during the past seven years of operation, and it’s one you don’t want to miss.
- AmericasMart Atlanta
Located in the ever-growing and prospering Atlanta, AmericasMart provides a centralized location for regional and national retail buyers to get brand name clothing and accessories at wholesale prices. From women, men’s and children’s apparel to home furnishings and gift items, Atlanta’s AmericasMart is the place to be for purchasing affordable, diverse and trendy pieces. This market place has more than 2,000 showrooms and 4,000 temporaries, with new designs arriving daily.
- Women’s & Children’s Chicago Apparel Market
Specializing in women’s and children’s apparel, the Market features fall and summer previews of the latest trends in women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, maternity wear and gift items. The Market is located in the Chicago Apparel Center and offers everything you’d expect from the Midwest leader of fashion and more.
- Miami International Merchandise Mart
The Miami International Merchandise Mart has more than 300 showrooms with merchandise at unbeatable, wholesale prices. Miami Mart has a wide selection of women’s, men’s, juniors and children’s apparel, as well as gifts and decorative items, accessories and shoes. Local, national and international retail buyers flock to Miami Mart for the huge selection of wholesale items and the promise of immediate delivery.
- Boston Collective
Interested in opening a menswear store or adding men’s clothing to your boutique? Then, this is the tradeshow for you to visit. Boston Collective, located in Boxborough, Massachusetts, gathers several exhibitors, who carry hundreds of leading brands in men’s sportswear, outerwear, denims, knits, tailored clothing, hats and more.
- Brussels International Trade Mart
When you think of high fashion, Brussels, Belgium, may not be the first place that comes to mind. To the contrary, Brussels is at the forefront of European fashion with Trade Mart Brussels, the largest wholesale trade center in Europe. This sprawling marketplace includes approximately 1,500 permanent showrooms, 650 exhibitors and at least 2,700 brands of trendy apparel and home decorations.
- Texworld USA
For a truly awe-inspiring and eye-opening experience, all fashion merchandisers should pay a visit to the Texworld USA event in New York City. This is the largest sourcing event for apparel fabric buyers, product development specialists, designers, merchandisers and international sourcing professionals. Fabric manufacturers and mills from around the world gather at this fabrics trade fair, in order to display their collections to small and big name designers and other industry professionals.
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