15 speakers will give students insights on sustainability throughout the denim production chain

15 speakers will give students insights on sustainability throughout the denim production chain

Denim trade show Kingpins Transformers is hosting the first of what it hopes will be an annual educational conference for fashion students looking to enter the wider fashion industry.

The all-day conference takes place on 18 October at Ravensbourne University in London and is sponsored by Tencel, Saitex and FibreTrace.

The focus of 'Transformers: ED' will be on the social, environmental and economic challenges facing the denim industry. The event will spotlight solutions being created by the denim community and help students understand the inefficiencies and threats facing the denim supply chain – as well as opportunities for improvement and innovation.

15 speakers will explore the supply chain, explaining how things are made, identify best practices and, from there, give students insights on sustainability throughout the production chain.

Confirmed speakers include: Kerry Bannigan of Conscious Fashion Campaign; Miguel Sanchez of Gavilan; Michael Kininmonth of Lenzing; Helen Latham of The Lycra Company; Alberto Candiani of Candiani Denim; Alice Tonello of Tonello; Steve Kenzie, executive director of United Nations Global Compact; Bilgehan 'Han' Ates of Blackhorse Lane Atelier; graphics branding expert Nick Williams; Simon Beachus of KingsXCross Distribution; Sanjeev Bahl of Saitex; Jakob Krzysko of DyStar; Rowan Hunt of Debenhams; and Andrew Olah of Olah Inc and Kingpins Show. 

"I have always been passionate about education and engaging with young people who will enter the denim industry and hopefully change it for the better," says Andrew Olah, founder of Kingpins Transformers and Kingpins Show. 

"If we want to push the denim industry toward the radical change that is necessary to make us sustainable and transparent, we – as an industry – must actively engage with students, educate them, provide them with insights and support them as they enter the industry. I taught a denim course at FIT for 15 years with that goal. ED is our attempt at doing the same thing on a larger scale. Thankfully, we have enjoyed tremendous support from our friends and partners."

Earlier this year Olah spoke with just-style about Why Kingpins is setting new standards for the denim supply chain.