The upcoming specialized denim trade show Kingpins, set for November 19-20 at Pier 36 (200 South Street) in New York, will focus on the future of the denim industry. In April 2019, the show announced standards and requirements in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Chemical Management for exhibitors of its Kingpins Amsterdam show – but the focus on sustainability and innovation has been applied to all Kingpins shows, globally.
This season, show organizers are focusing all Kingpins New York panels on important social and environmental issues.
What, when and where? Find below a roundup of the Kingpins New York highlights:
The United Nations Office for Partnerships and Conscious Fashion Campaign will host “Denim Industry Impact: Conscious Strategies for the Sustainable Development Goals”. Moderated by Lucie Brigham, Chief of Office, United Nations Office for Partnerships, the panel will feature Kerry Bannigan, Founder, Conscious Fashion Campaign; Sara Kozlowski, Director of Education and Professional Development, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA); and Michele Sizemore, SVP Global Product Development, GAP.
Nov. 19 at 3:30pm
Delivering Good – a nonprofit that receives new product donations from hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries and donates them to millions of kids, adults, and families facing poverty and disaster each year – will host “Philanthropy As Pathway to Sustainability,” a panel discussion exploring ways in which brands can use their new, excess product to benefit others and the planet. Hosted by Delivering Good’s Director of Product Procurement, Merrie Keller, the panel will include Kerry Bannigan of Conscious Fashion Campaign.
November 19 at 1:30pm
Kingpins Trend s/s 2021 garment installation:
A curated selection of garments designed by Kingpins exhibitors, inspired by the Kingpins Trend forecast developed by Amy Leverton and Sam Trotman of Denim Dudes. Designers can visit the installation for design, fabric and styling inspiration. A novelty is that Kingpins has added a comprehensive fabric report. Attendees may preview it on the show floor. The forecast, including fabric report, is also available for purchase at the installation and online at Kingpinsshow.com
The Conscious Fashion Campaign x United Nations:
Stop by their space to learn more about the sustainable development goals and learn how the United Nations wishes to partner with industry to achieve their goals.
A new feature of the show, the Market is a collection of retailers, artisans, vintage dealers and more. Stop by for indigo inspiration and appreciation.
Kingpins Film Screenings:
- Common Thread: Italy
What do you do when you feel like the denim industry might be the worst? Go back to your roots. Talk to your friends. Drink really nice wine. It's what @3x1's Scott Morrison did. And he brought cameras along. Join us as we screen the Italy episode of Common Thread, Morrison's docuseries about the denim industry.
Run time: 25 minutes
Introduced by Scott Morrison
- An Indigo Story by Vivian Wang
Kingpins’ managing director Vivian Wang found a beautiful indigo village in rural China that has been growing, dyeing and weaving with natural indigo for generations. It’s a story of sustainability, craftsmanship and authenticity.
Run time: 5 minutes
Introduced by Vivian Wang
- In Search of Blue Gold – Director’s Cut
Director John Turner follows David White from Ragtop Vintage and Brit Eaton, Indiana Jeans himself, as they denim hunt in the American west for smelly, beautiful, pricey denim.
Run time: 25 minutes
November 19 – 5pm
November 20 – 1:30pm
Indigo books, curiosities, housewares, gifts and more.
Kingpins Happy Hour:
Instead of a usual after party, Kingpins organizers bring the good times onto the show floor for the last two hours of the show.
November 19, 4-6pm
Kingpins show activations:
- Olga Guarch - Barcelona-based indigo artist Olga Guarch will present her indigo-inspired collection of paintings.
- Paul Vogel - UK-based textile designer Paul Vogel brings his loom and archive of textile designs.
- The Vintage Showroom - The London-based shop and showroom will display a gorgeous selection of vintage garments and sell
- Worn / Kingpins Volume 1 - a collaboration born out of the mutual respect and friendship between The Vintage Showroom and Kingpins Show. Part denim archive, part denim forecast, 100% indigo gold.
- Curious Corners - Shop a collection of goods from Brooklyn-based Curious Corners, which specializes in indigo workshops and dyeing services, and produces products and events in order to tell the rich history of indigo and other textile traditions in Japan.
Kingpins New York seminar program:
Kingpins Denim Trends for S/S 2021. Fit, fabric, finish
Presented by Sam Trotman of Denim Dudes, the Kingpins Denim Trend forecast features the four trends that will define the season. Included in the forecast: research + references, mood and styling direction, key color selections, and more.
November 19 - 11:30am
November 20 - 11am
Philanthropy As Pathway to Sustainability
Presented by Delivering Good, this panel discussion will explore ways in which brands can use their new, excess product to benefit others and the planet. Hosted by Delivering Good’s Director of Product Procurement, Merrie Keller, the panel will include Kerry Bannigan of Conscious Fashion Campaign.
November 19 – 1:30pm
Denim Industry Impact: Conscious Strategies for the Sustainable Development Goals
Presented by the United Nations Office for Partnerships and Conscious Fashion Campaign. The panel will feature: Kerry Bannigan - Founder, Conscious Fashion Campaign; Sara Kozlowski - Director of Education + Professional Development, Council of Fashion Designers of America; and Michele Sizemore - SVP Global Product Development, GAP.
November 19 – 3:30pm