By Maria Cristina Pavarini


The last edition of Kingpins Amsterdam held on 28 and 29 October 2015 at Westergasfabriek closed successfully. The event was pervaded by a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. According to visitors and exhibitors more international insiders were around and came from countries such as, for instance, Japan, Colombia, India, United States and Bangladesh, in addition to Southern and Northern European countries. Among brands visiting the show there were Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, Levi’s Scotch & Soda and G-Star, all appreciating the valid selection of exhibitors and “user-friendly” attitude of the event.

The ultimate novelties for s/s 2017 focused on new fiber mixes for better interaction with the wearer, greater hype on stretch fabrics, and denims developed with the aim to better preserve the environment.

Tejidos Royo
Tejidos Royo



Hyperfunctionality is cool
The market is asking for always more multifunction and multipurpose products that can help the wearer feel and live better. Many manufacturers have disclosed their special new fiber blends. Among them ITV launched a new denim that also employs a small percentage of tearproof silver and, even if the garment is aged and carries breakings, the silver brightness of these fibers shines through the weave of fabric. They also developed new denim mixing cotton with merino wool, cashmere, silk and hemp. Also Bossa developed their new own denim incorporating 15% silver fibers that protect the wearer from dangerous radiations as those from cellular phones. Orta launched their Ortabluefrequency, a series of fabrics with high-tech performance such as for instance fabrics with over 30 UV ray sun protection, liquid resistance properties and moisture wicking properties. Berto launched their high strength lightweight Amstrong denim. It is a cotton fabric that looks like denim but incorporates Dyneema, a special high-tenacity, abrasion resistant, UVA and warmth protective polyester fiber that adds greater functional and comfort characteristics to this fabrics.

Canatiba launched its denim created in collaboration with Emana, special fiber whose interaction with body heath can help better blood circulation and help reducing cellulite.

More performance stretches out
More stretch developments were on show as presented by almost every company participating. Many launched multidirectional stretch denims like Invista’s revolutionary Hybrid technology concept. Calik has launched Elastech, a new stretch concept that guarantees superior performance in high-elastic stretch fabrics with minimal shrinkage and improved growth values. It also eliminates puckering effects, after prolonged washes and also helps brands to manage the manufacturing process better by decreasing size variances after finishing phases.

Ecofriendliness: a fixed idea
Denim Valley by Tejiods Royo has launched Amib-Wash, a new project in collaboration with Montega, Italian dyeing substance manufacturer and Lim, an Italian laundry. Their new project aims to offer garments treated with dyeing and finishing substances obtained from the process of natural renewable resources.

New visual effects
Lenzing presented special fibers that guarantee better color stability because they are dyed before their cellulosic fibers are extruded. This way their color remains the same after many washes.
Tejiods Royo developed a new devoré square effect applied on indigo fabrics that have a super soft touch and are characterized by new surface optics.
Lenzing for Armani Jeans
Lenzing for Armani Jeans


ITV silver denim
ITV silver denim