Kingpins New York is warming up its engines for its first physical edition after the pandemic taking place on July 20-21 at Pier 36, Basketball City.
The upcoming edition of the US show will host about 70 exhibitors, reaching a sold out of its spaces, and will involve most of the key players of the global denim industry presenting fabric and trend novelties for f/w 2023.
Along with the regular show activity it will also host a series of talks and projects meant to welcome the (upon invitation only) insiders of the industry, finally, as a live event.
Among the various initiatives, there will be talks involving key personalities of the denim and textile industry speaking about some of the hottest topics and challenges of the denim and textile markets.
On the same day, at 3PM, they will hold the “Where are they now?” round table focused on the denim industry’s opportunities for educational and outreach to the next generation involving, among others, Ailee John Lead, Old Navy; Gina Koch, Amazon; Jeffrey Silberman, a retired professor of Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT); Madeline Thompson, Levi Strauss & Co; and Tricia Carey, Lenzing.
On the second day, July, 21st, Emily Olah, Materials Exchange/Transformers Foundation, will will hold the conference "Kingpins Exchange-Digital sourcing designed for the global denim industry".
On the same day, at 11.30, they will hold “In conversation: Denim Changemakers”, hosting Çiğdem Kaçar, Calik Denim; Jean Hegedus, The Lycra Company; Murtaza Ahmed, Artistic Milliners. The speakers will share experiences about their partnerships and solution-driven commitments meant to contribute to increasing sustainable practices as well as advancing collective fashion industry global action for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Also happening on the second day at 3PM, there will be the seminar “Natural fibers and denim development” presenting on stage Miguel Sanchez, Kingpins; Adam Taubenfligel, Triarchy; and Sedef Uncu Ak, Orta Anadolu. The talk aims to point out how denim has developed and has gone beyond the boundaries of cotton by exploring and gradually adopting alternative fibers for more sustainable products, a new aesthetic and new looks. Among the recently adopted fibers there are, for instance, regenerated cellulose, modified cellulose and hemp.