Named “Kingpins Noche de Experiencia,” the Jan. 24 event at the Mero Bar in Medellín’s El Poblado neighborhood will include a panel-style conversation with several key denim suppliers discussing Kingpins’ role as a trade show and networking platform. The in-depth conversation will focus on Kingpins’ ethos and its efforts to foster a more responsible denim industry, and how Latin America can be part of this mission.
Denim consultant Catalina Marín will moderate the panel including Tomas Navarro from C.I. Jeans; Carlos Alberto Ochoa from Fabricato; Gilberto Campanatti from Tencel; Andrea Venier from Officina39; and Laura Dagli Orti from Tonello.
Latin America is increasingly the focus of denim industry initiatives as the sourcing map shifts away from China. Trippin’Blue hosts online denim events geared towards the market and provides local and global players, including representatives from Kingpins, a platform to discuss sustainability, innovation, trends and other hot topics. Denim City Sao Paolo, the Brazilian satellite of Amsterdam’s Denim City, offers courses on spinning, dyeing, weaving and more.
“Our goal at Kingpins is to connect the global denim community and inspire everyone to continually pioneer best practices for people and planet,” said Vivian Wang, Kingpins managing director and global sales manager. “It’s been a long-held dream to expand our reach to Latin America and Kingpins Noche de Experiencia is a significant step in that direction.”
Attendees will be able to explore installations of several Kingpins initiatives, including Kingpins Trend; Most Sustainable Product (MSP); One Denim; and the Taste of Kingpins Shop offering mostly indigo merchandise. The Circle Book #3, a collaborative project launched by Tencel, Officina39 and Italian creative studio Meidea, will also be presented.
“We hope it will foster connection with South American denim lovers and jeans suppliers who share our values,” Wang said.