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Kingpins to launch new denim trend initiative

By Vivian Hendriksz


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Denim boutique trade show Kingpins is set to launch a new denim trend initiative which aims to showcases its exhibits denim fabrics. The new concept, which will be unveiled next season with Spring/Summer 2018 at Kingpins shows in New York, Amsterdam and Hong Kong brings together a comprehensive seasonal denim forecast of fabric, fit and finish with a curate and styled garment installation to showcase the season’s forecast trends.

Kingpins has teamed up with Amy Leverton, denim consultant and denim expert for this new initiative, who will share her expertise in denim forecasting and analysis. Elevation is said to be a longtime friend and collaborator or the Kingpins Show and will present the trends at Kingpins SS18 shows and curate garment installations at each show. “Our opinion has always been that denim trends begin and end with fabric. Mills are the engine of innovation and inspiration in our industry,” said Andrew Olah, founder of Kingpins Show in a statement.

“For many seasons we have fielded requests from attendees for more trend-related information from a Kingpins perspective. At the same time, our amazing mills are hungry to showcase their offerings in a way that is new, that is native to the Kingpins ethos and that allows them to participate in the trend conversation more immediately. By working with Amy and creating what is essentially a denim trend forecast with a corresponding inspirational installation that truly allows the mills’ innovation and creativity to shine through, we are connecting all the dots.”

Leverton will share her denim trend forecast each day at the Kingpins Shows in New York, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. Visitors are welcome to attend the presentations and visit the installations to see how Kingpins mills brought the trends to life. "I've been so inspired over the past six years working alongside the fantastic team at Kingpins and I've often considered the potential in uniting their community of mills, finishers and wash houses to create something unique,” said Leverton.

“There is so much talent under one roof, so much innovation coming from these top industry players that if we can just showcase and contextualize that inspiration, we can create something fantastic. My aim is to unite the community and create the ultimate capsule collection that will inspire us all to start the S/S18 season with a bang.” The physical denim installation will become part of the show experience and offer inspiration for designer. To create the concept, Kingpins Show will work with Wink, an Amsterdam-based “experience architects” from the Kingpins Amsterdam and WHY by Kingpins shows, to create a minimal but beautiful installations.

“From start to finish, designers, editors, merchandisers and creative directors shopping Kingpins Shows for fabric, inspiration and trend direction will have an entirely new experience going forward,” Olah said.

Amy Leverton
Andrew Olah