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April 20, 2020

Kingpins24 releases livestream roster

The organisers of denim trade show Kingpins have released the livestream roster for their first online event, with content submitted from industry heavyweights including Cone Denim, Saitex, Calik Denim, Candiani Denim, and Vidalia Mills.

By Beth Wright

The organisers of denim trade show Kingpins have released the livestream roster for their first online event, with content submitted from industry heavyweights including Cone Denim, Saitex, Calik Denim, Candiani Denim, and Vidalia Mills.

In total, Kingpins24 will offer more than 135 presentations from exhibitors as well as more than 35 panels, interviews and seminars. A selection of these items will be streamed during the two-day live stream that will span the event, which takes place this week on 22-23 April. 

Lenzing, The Lycra Company, and Prosperity Textile have also provided content alongside more than 50 other companies.

“The response from the industry has been overwhelming – nearly every company we have invited to join us has not only agreed but gone above-and-beyond to get creative and develop content for us that embraces the spirit and circumstances of Kingpins24,” said Andrew Olah, founder of Kingpins Show. “The creativity, enthusiasm and support gives me high hopes for the success of this new concept – and it tells me that we’re not alone in our belief that the denim industry can and will evolve to meet the new challenges we are facing.”

Anchored by the daily live stream, Kingpins24 will also feature a robust offering of on-demand content, featuring a mix of presentations, videos and Kingpins24-exclusive content from Denim Dudes, United Nations Office for Partnerships, Conscious Fashion Campaign, NPD Group, Vintage Showroom, Ravensbourne University, Simply Suzette, PVH, Kingpins MSP x Piero Turk, HTNK Fashion Recruitment + Consultancy, Mohsin Sajid and many more.

All pre-recorded content that will be on the live-stream will also be watchable on-demand so that attendees in all time zones will be able to watch key interviews, presentations, and seminars on their own schedule.

Among the exhibitors are Bossa, Tonello, and Vicunha.

Turkish denim manufacturer Bossa is launching D-Chronicles together with Fibretrace — a concept that uses blockchain-based ID to follow a garment’s journey from farm to shelf and “chronicling its history by secure blockchain”.

Fibretrace technology allows the embedding of an ID, which permanently remains inside the product and allows it to be tracked from the raw materials, through the supply chain, up to the finished garments so consumers can view a map of the clothing’s movement through the entire manufacturing and distribution process.

Tonello is showcasing The Laundry Revolution, which it says is a “radically new conception” in garment finishing using only two technologies in the entire finishing cycle, reducing waste and optimizing resources: Laser, and the All-in-One-System. Metro — its software that processes real data, in real-time to check all laundry consumption, optimizing processing times, and improving performance — is also used.

For effects, it is presenting two sustainable laundry processes  — Wake; a totally natural dyeing system that uses only plant and vegetable waste and OBleach; a sustainable, cool, bleach. 

Brazilian textile manufacturer Vicunha will be presenting its responsible Brazilian Cotton programme, water consumption and the latest developments to the fabric range, via the Kinginpins virtual platform.

Meanwhile, The Lycra Co will be showcasing some sustainable solutions with pre and post-consumer content. The latest of these is Lycra EcoMade fibre, made partly with pre-consumer material and certified to GRS standards. Another stretch vehicle, Lycra T400 EcoMade fibre, contains 50% post-consumer content and can be used in conjunction with Lycra fibre for higher stretch with lasting shape retention. Coolmax EcoMade technology helps keep the wearer cool and dry and is made with 100% post-consumer recycled materials. And for lightweight warmth, Thermolite EcoMade fibre is engineered to help optimise comfort and performance.

Kingpins24 will go live at 9am CET (Central European Time) on 22 April and wrap up at midnight on 23 April. The full livestream programme can be found here.

A raft of trade shows and fairs have been cancelled or postponed on the back of health and travel concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, encouraging organisers to consider virtual and other digital alternatives.

SPESA, which co-produces the 9,000-strong Texprocess show from 22-24 May until sometime in December, is considering the possibility of using video tours and other online technologies to showcase its members’ products, while Make it British is among those planning a virtual event to replace its ‘Make it British Live!’ sourcing show. 

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