DALLAS – August 13, 2014 – Dallas Market Center today announced that Mac Hoak, founder and owner of Mecox, will receive the prestigious Academy of Achievement honor at the 26th annual International ARTS Awards.
“Under the guidance and vision of Mac, Mecox energized the home industry with its style and quality,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “Mecox has been instrumental in setting precedent for retail excellence for the past 18 years, and we look forward to honoring Mac.”
The ARTS Awards, presented each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, recognizes top manufacturers, retailers, product designers, interior designers and sales representatives from across the world in 25 different categories. The winners will be revealed during a gala event on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The Academy of Achievement honor is awarded each year to recognize companies and/or individuals that have made significant contributions to the industry.
Mecox boasts a unique selection of home and garden furnishings unmatched in quality, texture and form, and is dedicated to providing the tools necessary to achieving an overall balance between the indoor and outdoor living environment.
Hoak and his team of buyers make multiple trips each year to venues around the world from which they source many of their antiques, home furnishings, art and other products. In addition to these one-of-a-kind items, Mecox has its own private label of furniture known for its usage of indoor-outdoor materials such as stone, zinc, concrete and teak. Mecox partners with local craftsman to allow customers to create their own designs or redesign any Mecox product. Items from the store are continually featured in industry publications such as Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Veranda, and House Beautiful.
Hoak received an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the University of Virginia. In 1984, Hoak moved to New York City and worked in finance for 10 years. In 1995, he moved to Southampton to follow his passion for antiques, design and furniture and in 1996, the flagship Mecox Gardens opened in Southampton, New York.
Mecox Gardens grew a loyal following of home owners, collectors and designers quickly. At the request of many, Hoak began expansion to additional locations. Hoak opened his second store on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and his third store in West Palm Beach, FL. Today, Mecox can be found in eight locations: Chicago, Dallas, East Hampton, Houston, Los Angeles New York City, Palm Beach and Southampton. For more information, visit Mecox.com
The 26th annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by enLIGHTenment, FANDECK, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Giftware News, HFN, Home Accents Today, Home Fashion Forecast, Residential Lighting and the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Follow along with the ARTS Awards process using the #ARTSawards hashtag.
About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men’s, western, women’s and children’s apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 85 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.
ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card and the ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at accessoriesresourceteam.org.
About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program dedicated to the home industry. Up to 25 categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative, Rising Star, Green and Academy of Achievement. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry officials. Academy of Achievement, Rising Star and Visionary honorees are selected by an ARTS Awards committee each year. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Robb & Stucky and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting. Visit dallasmarketcenter.com/artsawards for more information.