Recap Blue Denim Days Amsterdam – April 2018

Last week Amsterdam coloured blue again. The middle of these days was the denim fabric show Kingpins at the Westergasfabriek location. Kingpins is a very successful two days denim fabric show. At the show you can explore and order denim fabrics from the best of the best denim mills worldwide. All the mills will show their latest fabric collections. Next to the show there were again a lot of denim events organised. It’s always impossible to visit them all, but below a short recap of some of them.

Denim Events In Amsterdam

  • Kingpins Transformers

Kingpins Transformers is all about transparency and what tomorrow’s consumers will want to see in the denim industry. This edition there were again keynote speakers as Buxton Midyette, Robin Cornelius, Tricia Carey and Frouke Bruinsma to name a few.

  • Pre-Launch Event Book of Denim Vol. 2

Book of Denim organised a pre-launch event of the Book of Denim Vol. 2. You could pre-order a special edition of the ‘Royal Indigo Series’, 10 different book covers, each made in a limited edition of 100 pieces. The book will be released officially this upcoming June. See the previous first edition here.

Wrangler was present at the event with a special embroidery machine. If you had luck you could get your hands on one of the 50 denim jackets and get it personalised.

  • Kingpins Show Amsterdam

For two days you could check out all the new technologies within the denim industry. There were also a lot of inspiration set-ups as The Vintage Showroom booth, several denim workshops, live craftsmanship, innovation lectures, the place to be for all denimheads, etc. etc.

  • Orta Anadolu Event

This year Orta Anadolu celebrates their 65 years anniversary. They celebrated it in Amsterdam with a beautiful art installation by Wonder & Water. It was made exclusively for Orta. More about this later.

  • O’Neill X ISKO Denim Boardshort

The Californian surfbrand O’Neill teamed-up with denim manufacturer ISKO for the world’s first denim boardshort. The denim boardshort is part of their Spring Summer 2018 collection. Read more about it here.

  • Tenue de Nîmes Store Event

Tenue de Nîmes organised a special store event. During the event Candiani was present for their 80th anniversary. Watch their great celebration video here. Atelier & Repairs, by craftsman Maurizio Donadi, showed his unique handmade pieces. And Amy Leverton did a sign session of her new book Denim. Read more about her new book here.

Pre-launch event of Book of Denim Vol. 2.

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One of the covers of the limited edition books of Book of Denim Vol. 2.

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Bobbie, my little denim daughter, embroidery on a Wrangler jacket.

Kingpins Show Amsterdam

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The cotton garden at Kingpins Amsterdam show.

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Jean School live at work making denim business cardholders.

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Denim trend installation, curated by Amy Leverton.

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Inspiration by The Vintage Showroom from London, UK.

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Piles and piles of good vintage denim for sale at The Vintage Showroom booth.

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Denim mill Orta Anadolu showed how they touch the future with their new denim technologies.

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Inspiration items at Kingpins Show in Amsterdam.

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Reiichiro Yoshida a.k.a. Ray from Collect mill dressed in a beautiful vintage kimono.

Tenue de Nîmes store party in Amsterdam.

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Candiani 80 years anniversary shuttle loom: Tenue de Nimes X Candiani edition.

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Amy Leverton launched her new book Denim (Denim Dudettes) at Tenue de Nîmes.

Till the next edition in October.

Written by Wouter
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine I'm working as a freelance marketing specialist for brands and retail. Specialized in denim.