Last month on the 19th and 20th of April their was a new edition of the Kingpins Amsterdam show. Kingpins is a two days denim fabric show and part of the Amsterdam Denim Days. 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. Last Amsterdam edition was very successful as always; bigger, better and more interesting as they grow every edition. Kingpins is the place to be as it comes to score new innovative denim fabrics, inspiration, meet likedminded people and of course to explore the best denim mills from all-over the world. A few highlights of the Amsterdam show;

  • Japanese Special Section – a capsule of Japanese mills and resources.
  • Taiwan Textile Collective – a capsule of Taiwanese mills and resources.
  • Tonello Denim Gallery – an installation of washes created by 10 designers and executed using Tonello’s wash technology and innovations.
  • Global Denim Awards 2016 Winning Designs – a beautiful collection that pushes the concept of denim fashion to new heights. Designed by Anbasja Blanken in collaboration with Kingpins exhibitor ITV Denim.
  • Amy LevertonDenim Dudes gave some inspiration seminars.
  • Cordura Installation – A first capsule collection, ‘Re/Mastered’, made its debut at Kingpins Amsterdam. The collection was curated in honor of Cordura’s ‘heritage meets innovation’ 50th Anniversary theme by the world class design team at ‘Monsieur-T.’ studio in Paris, and featured latest generation Cordura denim and canvas fabrics from four of their partner mills – Artistic Milliners, Arvind, Cone Denim and Kipas.
  • Denim City Laundry Days – a new annual event from Denim City, Blue Lab team and the House of Denim Foundation to put the spotlight on the world’s leading laundries.
  • US Group showed their new collection from US Denim through several high-end made videos and lookbook. The look book is shot by: Nick Clements (known from Mensfile) and Stephiane Sian Smith. All the videos are directed by Oscar Oldershaw (Denim Shorts). The art direction of this project is done by talents Sadia Rafique, Mohsin Sajid (Endrime) and Nickque Patterson.

A short recap can’t catch the right vibe, but Team Peter Stigter did an amazing job through their pictures. Looking forward for the next Kingpins Show Amsterdam edition in October!

A little recap video of the Kingpins Amsterdam edtion.

Amy LevertonDenim Dudes shows some fabric highlights of the show.

Tomorrow the Kingpins Show New York edition will kick-off. More info and details 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.