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Kingpins Preview: New York, New Show

New York and fashion thrive on newness, and Kingpins New York, beginning Nov. 3-4, is delivering it in heaps with a revamped location, schedule and roster of exhibitors showcasing their new Spring/Summer 2017 lines for the first time in the US.

A total of 62 exhibitors—just eight shy from matching Kingpins largest-ever show in July—will help kick off the two-day event at its new home in Basketball City on Pier 36. Andrew Olah, Kingpins Show founder, said the new location gives more flexibility to produce the show the way he and his team want. “It is a wide-open space and we are able to create a floor plan that allows us all to be in the same room and have space for special moments on the show floor,” he explained.

Ultimately, Olah said his mission for Kingpins New York is to decrease the number of exhibitors on the show floor and increase the quality of the event. “Our new venue allows us to totally upgrade the experience for both exhibitors and attendees—and this thrills us,” he explained.

Next week’s show is the first since Kingpins shifted its dates to a May and November calendar, a major departure from its previous January and July timetable, and just three months after its last show. “We were hearing from a lot of our attendees that our show was too late. We are small and we are nimble, so we pivoted,” Olah said. “Thankfully, many of our exhibitors trusted us and added this show to their calendar.”

Olah recognizes that mills have had to make big adjustments to meet the earlier dates. “It put a lot of pressure on some of the mills to push forward their Spring/Summer collections in order to be ready for Kingpins New York. Some of our exhibitors are sitting out this edition, which we understand. But for the most part, our exhibitors told us they too had been hearing that our old timing was coming late in the calendar for their clients,” Olah explained. With 62 exhibitors signed on, he said, “We feel that is a pretty great show of confidence.”

In addition to popular trend presentations by WGSN, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about new advancements in knit denim in a seminar presented by Invista. The company will review a new knit denim technology currently being used by several mills, including Advance Denim Co. and Knitdigo. The fabrication keys into the knit denim trend while also addressing design challenges like bagging and sagging.

Kingpins will also examine premium denim’s place in the market in a seminar that aims to redefine “premium” and what it means to social responsibility, environmental stewardship and the supply chain.