Our team attended Kingpins Show held in Amsterdam. This show is at the forefront when it comes to denim innovation and development. Denim mills from all over the globe, fashion insiders and denim enthusiasts all come together at this event to celebrate the denim industry and discover what’s next within the world of denim.
The main focus of the show is sustainability. By inviting all various members from the denim community to this one show gives an opportunity for them to get together and push forward the importance of sustainability within the industry and for the impact of the show to continue outside the constraints of event.
In 2014 they launched The Global Denim Awards in conjunction with e3 Cotton, choosing a winning collection and also an award for best fabric. This award celebrates up and coming talent within the industry and offering a platform for them to show their innovative and future forward work to the big names within the denim community.
The winning collection was created by designer Anbasja Blanken alongside mill ITV Denim. The collection was inspired by the depths of the sea, focusing on the sea bed and the coral that adorns it. The collection reflects this inspiration through soft curves, coral inspired motifs and finishings and delicate flower inspired appliqué.
Collection by Anbasja Blanken and ITV Denim
The best fabric award was given to Roosmarijn Koster x Arvind for their innovative approach to materials yet still remaining traditional in appearance. The denim had a real authentic feel about it but was kept contemporary through the pieces created, with longline lengths and tone-on-tone layering within this menswear collection.
Collection by Roosmarijn Koster x Arvind
Alongside the various mills that show their work at the event there is also a specific trend area where you can discover the directional trends within the denim industry.
The Kingpins show has now expanded from Amsterdam into New York, Hong Kong and China, spreading the message of sustainability through the nations and implementing its importance for the future of denim.
Images by Jindi Joosten