Kingpins Show announced Wednesday that it will be shifting to an earlier show schedule for its New York edition, effective after the July 21-22, 2015 event.
The change will bring its current January and July schedule to a November and May schedule. New show dates are Nov. 3-4, 2015 for the Spring/Summer 2017 season, and May 11-12, 2016 for the Fall/Winter 2017 season.
Kingpins Show Founder Andrew Olah said the decision to move the dates forward was based on the desire to better serve the denim industry, which for some time said the New York dates were too late in the season.
“You can never please everyone all the time, however many customers want to work earlier and earlier. This trend is going on everywhere,” he said.
For instance, Kingpins Amsterdam is on an April and October rotation. In general, Olah sees the entire industry transitioning to an earlier schedule, but he noted it will take time for all the moving parts to come together. Some mills, he said, may not have their entire collections ready for the first November show.
The date change for Kingpins New York will be long-term, and it will be supported by a move to a larger venue. Beginning in November, the show will take place at Pier 36 – Basketball City.
The larger location will allow for added flexibility on the show floor, more space for exhibitors and more creative and value-adding initiatives. “We want exhibitors and attendees to be able to spread out,” Olah said. “There’s a lot of things we can do to make the experience better.”