Even a snowstorm can't keep a good show down: the January 2014 edition of Kingpins New York again featured a curated selection of 50 international exhibitors from Asia to South America who showcased the latest in denim fabrics, washings and other steps and parts in the denim supply chain for summer 2015.

Despite the wintery weather show traffic was healthy and most exhibitors seemed pleased. These included Bill Curtin of New Jersey-based BPD Washhouse. “Due to the timing all the denim collections for the season are complete which gives a better overview for visitors compared to Denim by PV,” he said.
First-time exhibitor Federation Design Studio, which just took over a Texas-based denim manufacturing facility, stressed the advantages of manufacturing in the USA and used the show to connect with potential new clients: “We see a movement to a return to Made in USA, so this is a good show for us,” said Colleen Crivello of FDS.

Visitors at Kingpins tend to be locals (among them the design teams of Ralph Lauren and Target) who are seeking international partners such as Taiwan Eco Textiles whose booth included eight fabric brands from Taiwan such as SeaWool, a fabric made from recycled plastic bottles and oyster shells, and the Tai Yuen Textile collection. “It's our first time at Kingpins. We enjoy the show and hope to get some input as well to make our products better,” said Grace Lin of Tai Yuen Textile.

From the buyers’ side the feedback was positive as well. They liked the intimate atmosphere combined with a good choice of products. A representative of Quiksilver said, “I come here to find different products for our different lines–for DC I look for cool, rough material, for Quiksilver it is more sustainable products and for Roxy I look for rather fashionable looks.”
This latest edition of Kingpins will complete its two-day run tonight.