Kingpins announced Wednesday the decision to cancel its June event in New York City as the fashion capital remains the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak.
In an email to exhibitors, Kingpins wrote: “We are reaching out today to let you know that we have decided to cancel our Kingpins New York show, which had been scheduled for June 2-3. As with the cancellation of our Hong Kong and Amsterdam shows, this decision is due to health concerns and travel restrictions related to COVID-19.”
For the exhibitors who have paid for the June New York edition, organizers said their payment will be applied to the November New York show.
This is the third industry event Kingpins has been forced to cancel due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers cancelled the April 22-23 event in Amsterdam and its trade show in Hong Kong scheduled for May 13-14.
In lieu of these events, Kingpins is launching Kingpins24. Taking place April 22-23, the new online event aims to unite and inform the denim industry in these uncertain times.
“We, as a whole, are resilient, resourceful and optimistic,” said Andrew Olah, founder of Kingpins Show. “When one door closes, another opens. We believe Kingpins24 can give our global industry a chance to connect and share information. We have no other desire but to be a conduit for the denim world during these difficult times, where most of us, including me, are at home far away from our normal world.”