Kingpins Show organizers have moved forward with plans to cancel the Oct. 28-29 trade fair in Amsterdam.
Though Kingpins considered hosting an event geared toward a European base of exhibitors and attendees, show founder Andrew Olah said in a newsletter Friday that global travel restrictions and the still-high risk of spreading the coronavirus led the organizers to pull the plug on the event entirely.
“I did not make this decision alone. Seven of us voted whether to have Kingpins Amsterdam in October and seven voted not to. The entire Kingpins team reluctantly agreed. It’s awful to drop your best product,” Olah said.
The October event is usually aligned with the city’s Denim Days Festival and a Transformers conference.
Kingpins was forced to cancel its April event in Amsterdam, as well as its shows in New York and China.
“It’s not that we don’t want to return to Amsterdam,” Olah added. “We love the city and the show is one of our most successful events. And, we would love to see you all industry friends again in person. But all ‘desire’ is trumped by a lack of confidence in health control and we would never risk the health of our friends and colleagues in the denim community—we are, after all, one big connected denim-loving family.”
Kingpins has stayed connected with the industry it serves through Kingpins24, a two-day online event with panels and interviews. It also pivoted its Transformers events to a virtual version this month.
The denim trade show industry remains influx. Munich Fabric Start and Bluezone confirmed, then canceled and downsized its September event to hold a regional show called Fabric Days instead, which will take place Sept. 1-3 at the Munich Order Center. Organizers plan to return to the original format on Jan. 26-28, 2021.
Première Vision, meanwhile, is still set to take place in Paris on Sept. 15-17 but with a hybrid physical and digital format. Denim Première Vision remains scheduled for Nov. 24-25 in Berlin.