by Karen Alberg Grossman

It was not just an ordinary spring market week but rather a terrific celebration of 75 years of the Men’s Apparel Club of the Carolinas. Lynda Carpenter, current president of the board of directors, hosted an elegant steak dinner on Sunday night (with awesome music by recording artist/saxophonist Bobby Ryder) honoring all past presidents of the organization. She also credited the talented and tireless Larry Holland, show director for the past 43 years, for much of the show’s success over the decades. (A bit of history: The club began in 1940; early shows were held in Charlotte, High Point and Columbia but consolidated in Charlotte due to a gasoline shortage prior to the war.)  A simultaneous dinner celebration (in two seatings) was held for retailers and vendors attending the spring ‘16 show.

By all measures, both the show and the anniversary dinners were hugely successful and much fun was had by all! Check out our photos of some of the exciting product and fabulous people we met at the Southern Clothing Market. We were so taken with the genuine Southern hospitality we received from everyone we met and look forward to coming back soon.