Today its the first day of the Kingpins Amsterdam edition. The Kingpins is a two days denim fabric show and part of the Amsterdam Denim Days (check the full program of the Amsterdam Denim Days here). Kingpins started in 2004 as a tiny jeans supply chain show in New York for like-minded members of the denim industry. They soon realized that the industry and interest was bigger than they thought and they expanded their denim shows to Hong Kong, China and Amsterdam next to New York.

Pic by Simon Trel

The concept of Kingpins is clear, only the best of the best denim mills exhibit with their latest denim innovations. Buyers, designers, product managers, trendwatchers, bloggers from all over the world join their shows. Its a denim gathering for the industry. In their own words;

”Our attitude then is our attitude now:
Yes to an invitation-only guest list,
Yes to a small footprint with a big impact,
Yes to a family vibe and an open bar,
Yes to seminars and panels for sharing ideas and inspiring each other and continually learning as much as we can,
Yes to being productive and progressive members of the indigo community interested in bringing sustainability to our industry.”

Take a look at the recap from the previous Kingpins Amsterdam edition here;

Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.