We offer our services year round and we are always accessible to meet the needs of our retailers. When visiting NYC we offer up our offices for your use, look at it as your “office away from home” right in mid-town Manhattan. We hold a series of meetings with our stores scheduled around major markets across the U.S. and in Italy. With several market shows throughout all the regional markets, retailers choose a convenient time to discuss key items, key collections, and market ideas.


DLS can be of service to your store. We keep our eyes and ears to the ground for retailers providing advertising and marketing information shared within the group. We facilitate private label programs, help retailers acquire “margin building” inventory, and consulting for “Open to Buy” options when in-season opportunities arise. Our strong relationships with manufacturers and retailers over time has given DLS the sustainability and longevity within an ever-changing market.


Since 1980, the DLS Apparel Group has been representing specialty stores and offering our services by providing market awareness. We ensure that our members are always ahead of an every-changing market. We work exclusively for the interest of our specialty stores in simplifying the buying and merchandising experience for retailers. Our visits to factories, merchants and trade shows across the U.S. and Italy keeps us up-to-date throughout the season. And, our retailers have around the clock access to extensive market knowledge, incentives, consulting on current trends, private label collaborations and a customized catalogue for each participating store.


  •  "First to know" - total market awareness, new directions, new resources, and trends – New York, Charlotte, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Italy covering men's and women's clothing, sportswear, shoes, accessories, gifts, personal grooming, novelty books, gourmet package food gift ables, and select home accessories.
  • Incentive pricing on many manufacturers items and collections to help increase margins
  • Several meetings throughout the year in different regional markets, so you can pick the best place for you to travel for viewing the new season's fashions – And introductions to new markets like Italy, via our close and strong relationship with the Italian Trade Commission
  • Private label programs available to create exclusivity and added profits
  • Help to acquire inventory – New Purchases, Special Orders, & Fill-ins
  • Judson Wade" our private label Brand
  • Marketing & Advertising information shared throughout the group
  • An Outstanding, Full Color Catalogue is created (at a minimal cost subsidized with vendor coop) for you to use as you want – mailing to a customer list or prospecting a new list. It is a tool that you can use to announce upcoming in-store events, or give the customers an incentive to shop, or just let your imagination direct you. Additionally, when you do the catalogue you are able to order an electronic version called a Flip Book allowing you to add more pictures from vendors in both men’s or women’s lines or add a whole collegiate section. Again, use your imagination. And, Flip Books can be emailed to a customer list or in all of your social media.
  • Most communications will come to you through email so you have up-to-the-minute news about what is going on in the market, and of course there is nothing like the telephone for that personal touch – You will also receive notification of off-price in-season opportunities as well as other pertinent information for your store
  • The DLS office is yours to use whenever you are visiting New York – Desk, phone, fax, copy machine, computer, and etcetera. Make it your office away from home!!
  •  Consulting services are also available at DLS for an additional cost:
  • O.T.B. - Helping to plan the business
  • Running an event at your store as in cash raising sales, going out of business sales, etc.
  • Helping you to restructure your Vendors – New direction for your store
  •  Personal store visitations