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What to Expect at Kingpins Amsterdam

Levi’s Strauss, Clean Production Action and Bluesign are among the industry experts that will lead a discussion on cleaning up denim at the third edition of Kingpins Transformers in Amsterdam Oct. 25.

The summit, titled “Toxic Future: Is the Scary Part of Hazardous Chemicals On the Way?”, marks the start of the Spring/Summer 2018 season. Kingpins Amsterdam will take place Oct. 26-27 in tandem with the second edition of the branding and trims show, Why by Kingpins. The Global Denim Awards, an initiative of HTNK, Kingpins Show and House of Denim, will close out the event on Oct. 27. The competition groups denim mills with emerging designers to create capsule collections based on future denim design, innovation, sustainability and craftsmanship.

“With the news of two shows being back-to-back this fall, Kingpins felt it necessary to give an update on all our events,” said Andrew Olah, founder of the Kingpins Show, Transformers and WHY by Kingpins, in a statement. “From inspiration served up in an entirely new way to frank conversations about the environment, the economy and the future of our industry—not to mention our very strong exhibitor roster—Kingpins Amsterdam will be another must-attend event.”

Additional events include a new Kingpins Denim Trend Forecast and Installation presented by denim guru Amy Leverton. The installation, designed by Wink, will tell a comprehensive story for the S/S 18 season based on exhibitors’ innovations in fit, fabric and finishes. Leverton will also host two supporting seminars during the show.

Kingpins will also present “Politics, Trade and the Economy—What’s Next?”, a panel that will examine what the political climate has in store for the denim and apparel industry.