Indigo Invitational

The Second Edition Of The Indigo Invitational Denim Contest

The second edition of Indigo Invitational is in full swing right now. This is the world’s largest and most inclusive denim fading competition. More than 850 competitive faders registered for the competition, with dozens of countries and more than 100 brands represented. Every competitor starts with a pair of fresh raw denim of their choosing. This is the ticket to join the free contest. So, you can pick your favorite denim brand, fabric, and so on to rock it each day.

All fades must be earned, this means no sanding or pinching, or whatsoever. To ensure that nobody can fake or play false each competitor must submit monthly photo updates. These updates will also be shared on the Indigo Invitational Instagram feed to give the followers of the contest updates. The competition runs for one year, so 365 days. In the end, hundreds of faders will cross the finish line together on October 1st of this year.

Indigo Invitational

Indigo Invitational

Picking The Top 50 Denim Fades

In the end, the founders of Indigo Invitational, Bryan Szabo (more about Bryan here) and Dave Dickinson will be sifting through hundreds of images of faded pairs and picking 50 of the best fades. These top 50 fades will then be posted in the Facebook group, so the community can vote for their favorite fades. The top 16 pairs that get the most votes will go through to the final judging, and Bryan and Dave will pick 4 wildcards too.

The final top 20 will then be submitted to each member of the judging panel, who will pick their top 10. With a bit of discussion and deliberation, the panel will reach a final decision and the ten prize winners will be announced, probably around the end of October this year.

Indigo Invitational

Indigo Invitational

The Final Panel For This Year

The final panel for this year’s Indigo Invitational denim contest is an excellent mix of the denim industry finest.

  • Ryo Nakakoji – TCB (Japan)
  • Simon Giuliani – Candiani Denim (Italy)
  • Jason Jules – Garmsville (UK)
  • Rain Delisle – Indigo Proof (USA)
  • Linda Rieswick – Son of a Stag (UK)
  • Erik Brodt – Ginew (USA)
  • Robin Meijerink – Robin Denim (Netherlands)
  • Wouter Munnichs – Long John (Netherlands)

Indigo Invitational

The Prices To Win

Of course, like all contests, there’s also something to win next to crown yourself as the king of fades 2021. Starting with first place, each winner will get his or her pick from the 10 prize showcases. Prizes include a trip to Japan powered by the SOSO brand, a $1,000 gift card from Iron Heart, and a free pair of stock boots from Wesco. There are 10 showcases, each chock full of amazing prizes. There will also be a few spot prizes selected by the founders and several raffle prizes. All you have to do to be eligible for the raffle prizes is cross the finish line.

Hall Of Fades

At the end of 365 days of fading, the fade champions will be shown in the Hall of Fades. A spotlight on each year’s podium finishers, of the Indigo Invitational. Here are a few of last year to get you in the right mood, and of course, you can follow the contest via their Instagram feed here. Go luck everyone!

Indigo Invitational

Indigo Invitational

Images are some of the top 10 winners of last year.

www.indigoinvitational.com

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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. Celebrating my 10th anniversary with Long John this year.