Kingpins Amsterdam is nearing and will take place on April 10 and 11 in Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam. Andrew Olah, founder of Kingpins Shows, disclosed some of the projects that will again draw the denim and jeanswear market to the Dutch fashion capital.
What main events and initiatives will Kingpins host for its April 2019 edition?
The most important attractions at Kingpins Show will once again be our mix of exhibitors and educational opportunities. The Kingpins Transformers area will return and our show sponsor, e3 Cotton, will be creating a sweet new experience on the show floor. New additions include installations of fantastic student work from a competition Kingpins supported with Ravensbourne University earlier this year. Winning and runner-up collections will be displayed at the show. We are very excited that the Conscious Fashion Campaign supported by the United Nations Office for Partnerships to drive the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will have a presence at Kingpins Amsterdam–and later join us for Kingpins New York and future Kingpins Shows as well. Avery Dennison is joining Kingpins for the first time and will have a fantastic activation on our show floor highlighting their products.
How many exhibitors and events will the show host?
Kingpins Amsterdam will host 99 exhibitors. Our exhibitor count is stable. We are also exploring different initiatives on the show floor, as we do each season. For this edition we will showcase ten initiatives by companies. Among them there will be those by Ravensbourne, Vintage Showroom, Avery Dennison, Tintes Egara, MYR, Jean School, HTNK, House Of Denim, View Publications and Book of Denim.
What was the feedback to the recently announced request that companies shall guarantee their adherence to standards of corporate social responsibility, chemical usage and the environment?
There is no feedback that we expect or seek. This is simply criteria that will be met or not met and so we are excited to meet with exhibitors in Amsterdam and help one and all in case they wish to comply. We are excited that we will have our seminar “Does your denim mill have any social standards?” to be held on April 10 at 1:30 pm, where denim mills and brands/retailers can talk to experts in the field. This is a mission that has no quick fix. It will take time and lots of work and we are so excited because we believe it will be successful.
Did companies follow your request, complain or ask to wait for a few extra months to reach the standards?
It can take a very long time to reach certification. There is no point to hurry. The point is to do the right thing and we are not wishing anyone to move at an unpleasant speed.
Are there any specific trainings or initiatives planned within the show supporting companies in reaching their upgrade to the standards you require?
Yes, of course, we have our seminar and we are available always to help and discuss this anytime, any day, any hour, any way. We are the service of the exhibitors.