The second edition of denim show BPD Blueprint Expo had a successful two-day run in New York last week.
The small, boutique gathering of fabric mills, manufacturers and industry insiders took place in an empty ground-floor retail space on Wooster Street in SoHo. It had just 15 exhibitors–Kurabo, Calik Denim, KG Denim, Cadica Group, Grandtex, IPU 142, Absolute Denim, Orta Andolu, Mafatlal Industries, Raymond Uco, Tyfountex, Matrix Sourcing, Seazon, WSG and Romatex–which was nearly double the number of the first edition in June.
Show founder and producer Bill Curtin, who owns the Blue Print Denim Wash House in nearby Jersey City, N.J., said he also had a waiting list of seven other brands.
“We expanded on the concept and took it to everybody,” he said. “The main thing is that we are the anti-trade show. I know that’s kind of cliché and I don’t know what the right word is because ‘expo’ is not the right word so eventually we just want to be known as BPD.
“But the biggest thing that was the most popular was the creative part, the Shibori,” he added. “We had a wonderful first day and extended it to two days because people loved it. What they liked about it was it being interactive: seeing indigo and touching it.”