Kingpins Transformers Ed is the first of what Kingpins Transformers organizers hope will be an annual educational conference for fashion students who are still attending university and are about to enter the fashion industry.
The first conference will take place in October 18 at Ravensbourne University in London.
As with all Kingpins Transformers conferences, the focus of Transformers Ed will be on the social, environmental and economic challenges facing the denim industry. The event will spotlight solutions being created by members of the denim community and help students understand opportunities for innovation, inefficiencies and threats facing the denim supply chain.
“I have always been passionate about education and engaging with young people who will enter the denim industry and hopefully change it for the better,” said Andrew Olah, founder of Kingpins Transformers and Kingpins Show. “I had taught a denim course at FIT for 15 years with that goal. Ed is our attempt at doing the same thing on a larger scale.”
Confirmed speakers include: Kerry Bannigan of Conscious Fashion Campaign; Miguel Sanchez of Gavilan; Michael Kininmonth of Lenzing; Helen Latham of The Lycra Company; Alberto Candiani of Candiani Denim; Alice Tonello of Tonello; Steve Kenzie, executive director of United Nations Global Compact; Bilgehan “Han” Ates of Blackhorse Lane Atelier; graphics branding expert Nick Williams; Simon Beachus of KingsXCross Distribution; Sanjeev Bahl of Saitex; Jakob Krzysko of DyStar; Rowan Hunt of Debenhams; and Andrew Olah.
The initiative is in association with Ravensbourne University and will be hosted by Mohsin Sajid, founder of Denim History. The event is open to students, exclusively.