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Denim Industry Events You Need to Know

The denim industry’s calendar of digital events is filling up.

From Rivet’s roundtable on the impact the global pandemic has on denim manufacturing, retail and design, to programs that explore the next generation of fabrics and innovations, here’s a look at the must-watch industry events.

Covid: One Year Later

As vaccination rates rise and regions begin to reopen, the question on everyone’s mind is: what’s next?

There’s no question that the Covid-19 pandemic changed the way the denim industry conducts business but it may be too soon to identify the lasting effects. In the meantime, mills, brands and retailers are anxious to kickstart the next chapter.

Join Rivet magazine on April 20 at 11 a.m. ET for a roundtable discussion about lessons learned, what we can all expect from the ‘the new normal,’ and how the industry can emerge stronger, more efficient and better able to delight and deliver for shoppers.

Speakers include: Patrick Valeo, CEO, Diesel; Menno van Meurs, Owner, Tenue de Nimes; Kristen Classi-Zummo, Director of Market Insights, The NPD Group; Sonny Puryear, Marketing & Business Development Manager, Isko; and Melissa Bastos, Director of Market Research, Cotton Incorporated.

Register for free here.

Trippin’ Blue

Trippin’ Blue, a Spanish language digital event, will debut April 19-22. Described as a four-day research trip, the event aims to be an immersive denim experience that covers fashion trends, education, sustainability, supply chain strategies and more.

It will also provide a platform for South and Central America denim industries. While the regions suffer from a lack of technology and government subsidies, event coordinator Ana Paula Alves, a lecturer and founder of the denim consultancy Be Disobedient, said Latin America still has the most important ingredients to make good denim: “passionate people with denim addiction.”

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“It’s a myth that the overseas market is better than South and Central America,” she said. “The world is interdependent now and full of new opportunities. Once we understand it, we realize the entire scope of possibilities and where we need to improve our offering.”

The online event is free and will be available to watch on YouTube at a later date.

Kingpins 24

Kingpins 24, the denim trade show’s digital event, returns April 20-22 with a full schedule of panels, interviews and presentations geared toward the European denim sector.

Each day will be focused on a different topic. Day 1, Inspiration Day, will include check-ins with Tenue de Nimes and House of Denim in Amsterdam, as well as sessions about crocheting, advancing a circular economy and the history of London’s Portobello Road markets. Day 2 will be dedicated to innovation and technology and cover topics on hemp, laser-enhancing finishing and sizing solutions. Day 3, which will take place on Earth Day, will center on sustainability, climate action and transparency.

From April 17-May 7, the content will be available on-demand on the Kingpins’ website.

Denim Premiere Vision

Denim Premiere Vision is replacing the May in-person event in Milan it had to scrap due to coronavirus concerns with Digital Denim Week.

The industry event will take place virtually July 5-9, serving as an online destination to source denim fabrics and accessories, as well as a hub to meet with the weavers, garment makers and finishing and technology specialists.

A schedule of webinars and educational talks will be announced closer to the event.

Off the screen

Beyond digital, trade show organizers are bullish about the return of in-person events later this year.

Liberty Fairs announced that it will host a dual event with the resort show, Cabana, on July 10-12 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Informa Fashion Markets plans to return to the Las Vegas Convention Center in August with keystone events Magic Las Vegas, Project Las Vegas and Sourcing at Magic. The men’s and women’s apparel trade shows will take place Aug. 9-11, while Sourcing at Magic will be held Aug. 8-11.

Munich Fabric Start and Bluezone are scheduled to return Aug. 31-Sept. 2

Denim Premiere Vision announced it will return to Milan Oct. 13-14. The roaming show will move to Berlin on May 17-18, 2022.