Kingpins Show organizers are building a digital denim supply chain platform through an agreement with Material Exchange, which has created a sourcing database with nearly 20,000 digital materials from the biggest suppliers around the world.
“We have never been a real estate company, selling space so that mills can sell their fabrics,” said Andrew Olah, founder of Kingpins Show. “Our goal has always been to educate, advocate and — in some instances — push the denim industry to evolve and behave more responsibly. However, we have relied on our physical shows in New York, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and China to bring our mix of vetted and selected supply chain partners and our invite-only guests together around the globe. While our in-person events are key for our industry to connect and collaborate, Kingpins is committed to finding digital solutions to support mills and brands globally.”
Kingpins’ first foray into providing digital solutions for its exhibitors and attendees was Kingpins24, an online event featuring livestreamed content, webinars, interviews, panels and product demonstrations. Kingpins24 launched in April and returned in June.
The agreement with Material Exchange represents the next step in the process to complement Kingpins’ successful in-person events with new digital solutions. A digital platform for denim mills will allow Kingpins exhibitors to showcase their textiles to denim brands year-round. Kingpins is looking for ways to create greater opportunities for business and build new ways for brands to conveniently source denim fabrics from Kingpins’ exhibitors. The goal is to provide denim brands with tools to be able to source denim and denim related fabrics instantly, view detailed product data online and help buyers make informed decisions about the materials needed for product design and creation process.