DALLAS — Fashion Industry Gallery expects all 50 of its showrooms to be occupied plus 100 exhibitors at its Shop booth show at the fall market, taking place March 21 to 23. Contemporary dress designer Amanda Uprichard will be featured.
“It feels like the momentum has picked up,” said Matt Roth, chief executive officer and co-owner of the juried fashion venue in the Arts District. “We are totally full for March, and after that we have one or two rooms available for permanent lease, but I’ve got legitimate prospects for those spaces, so it’s just a matter of time before we are full — and we haven’t had that problem in a long time.”
Comparatively strong business in Texas is fueling interest in showroom leasing, Roth said. FIG concentrates on contemporary and bridge fashion, accessories and shoes for women but also showcases some men’s and children’s resources.
“People are talking about this region,” he said. “A lot of what is happening in other parts of the country isn’t as promising as what people are seeing here in Dallas.”
In other news, FIG teamed with software start-up Clothesline to offer exhibitors a free six-month test of the online ordering service for use during markets. The system was developed by Lady Fuller, who owns the Blues Jean Bar specialty chain, and Avalon Retail Consulting, a New Orleans service. Clothesline says it maintains an online inventory, generates bar codes for products and enables paperless orders and invoices.
Mider Group showroom owner Greg Mider plans to give it a try. “It’s kind of cool, but it’s a question of whether or not it’s efficient for what we need,” Mider said. “We are still pretty hands-on in how we do things, and it’s only as good as the degree to which our stores use it. They still take notes.”