Last weekend was the first time I have been back to the Atlanta Market in over 2 years. Due to work commitments, I wasn't able to attend market in NY in early May. I made a quick day trip to NY see a new brand (more to come on this in a future post) in Showroom, visit Velvet/Graham & Spencer, Waverly Grey, and Cluny. But I hadn't gotten to visit everyone else. So a trip to Atlanta was in order.
Fortunately, the Atlanta Market stretched from Thursday - Sunday. I was able to fly down on Friday night, stay in my favorite Atlanta hotel (the Marriott Marquis) and be at Market when they opened the next morning! I had a busy day of appointments but had to stop to take a picture of this gorgeous flower arrangement in the main foyer.
The Mart is so large and showrooms are truly like large office spaces that it has a much more laid back feel than the temporary booths in the Javits Center and Piers in NY. It is not unusual for the reps to offer you food and drink and for you to be able to look at a line by yourself.
One of the best parts was getting to visit the showrooms of the reps that had either only visited Zoe or I had always met in NY. One of my favorite showrooms is Leib Associates - home to Alice & Trixie and Amy Matto. I'll bet I spent close to two hours visiting with them and reviewing the Holiday collections. If you recall, the amazing Maye actually visited me in my home prior to Zoe opening. I will always love her for that.
Some of my other favorite things from Atlanta Market:
New Wrap Bracelet Style from Chan Luu.
New Bangles and Cuffs from our New Designer (coming in July)
This Beth Bowley Dress was to die for!
By 3:45, my work was done. It was off to Athens for the night to see my family! And for those wondering, the packing mentioned in the previous blog post worked out perfectly - everything fit is a small rollaboard bag! And yes, I did not start packing until Friday morning. Some things will never change.