DMC Reflects Renewed Retail Strength

The mid-January Dallas Total Home & Gift Market offered an unprecedented combination of new and expanding showrooms and product launches from leading industry names, according to the Dallas Market Center (DMC). A record-setting 52 showrooms debuted during the seven-day trade event, attracting more retail buyers than ever before.

“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,” says Cindy Morris, DMC President & 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.”

Throughout the Dallas marketplace, exhibitors reported a successful show that created tremendous momentum for 2018.

“The Minka Group had an outstanding show–buyers responded positively to our 763 new items,” says Tim Flannery, Minka Group. “Lightovation continues to deliver new styles and innovation. We applaud this one-of-a-kind dynamic event and the partnership we have with Dallas Market Center.”

Of Progress Lighting’s Jennifer Kis says, “The team was eager to welcome customers to our newly renovated showroom, while sharing with them our new products and insight on developing trends. It was a fantastic show.”

A full slate of events educated and entertained, and featured design influencers 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 who participated in design panels throughout the show.

Headlining the showroom receptions, promotions, and seminars was the appearance by Hollywood legend Diane Keaton. Attended by more than 1,000 buyers and retailers, the presentation included the personal story behind her latest book, “The House That Pinterest Built,” followed by a book signing in the Aidan Gray showroom.

The annual ARTS Awards took place Friday, January 29, awarding the home industry’s highest honors across more than 20 categories, including the Academy of Achievement honor to Randy Eller and Humanitarian Award to the Houston Furniture Bank.

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