Our concept is simple – denim is a small, tight, low-key community built on heritage, passion, innovation and connection.
In 2004, we launched our own tiny jeans supply chain show in New York for like-minded members of the denim tribe. We soon realized the tribe was bigger than we thought and – and everyone was looking for a sense of community.
Our attitude then is our attitude now:
Yes to an invitation-only guest list
Yes to a small footprint with a big impact
Yes to a family vibe and an open bar
Yes to seminars and panels for sharing ideas and inspiring each other and learning as much as we can, continually
Yes to being productive and progressive members of the indigo community interested in bringing sustainability to our industry
Our message resonated and Kingpins shows can now be found in New York, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.
And we have expanded our reach.
In 2015 we launched Kingpins Transformers, an annual summit for members of the denim industry dedicated to making the jeans industry more environmentally viable, socially responsible and financially sound.
2016 will see the debut of WHY by Kingpins Show, the first-ever boutique trade show focusing on branding in the denim industry.
In 2014 we launched Global Denim Awards, a first-of-its-kind runway show and competition that aims to connect talent and industry to create a directional platform for the future of denim design, innovation, sustainability and craftsmanship.
We have spun off our in-house media division, Kingpins Media, into a boutique production company that serves suppliers, mills and companies in the denim industry looking for content developed by creatives that live, eat and breathe the denim industry.
Later this year, we will host our first-ever China City Tour, where we take our Kingpins concept on a tour of important but under-served denim cities in China.
In 2017 we will launch Kingpins Miami.
Our reach is bigger and we have learned a lot along the way, but our core values and our intimate approach to the denim trade remain the same.
Small is good, smart and small is better.