A Cone Denim style
A Cone Denim style
 

16 Jan. 2009

KINGPINS GROWS INTERNATIONAL OFFERINGS

Kingpins, the two-day denim show founded by Andrew Olah five years ago, ended on Wednesday here in Manhattan on a powerful note, with 53 customers braving cold temperatures even on the first day to preview S/S 2010 fabrics. It was also the third year in which Dow co-sponsored the show, alongside a growing contingent of international companies ranging from Turkey’s Orta Anadolu, which showcased 8 oz. stretch, vintage stretch and layered color on indigo, to Tejidos Royo, the 105-year-old Spanish company and its colored denims. Longtime exhibitor Kurabo previewed Rainbow Textiles for the first time, offering 100-yarn count fine cotton shirting, in addition to a solid range of Hong Kong and Japanese denim and recycled denim. It also introduced Spinair, a 100% cotton yarn with a hollow core, resulting in incredibly softer, lighterweight fabric. Major players Cone Denim and Tavex rounded out the show, which Olah hinted at taking to the Far East. Thrilled with the additional participation of companies such as NexGen, known for its hangtags and eco-friendly processing, and jeans lining expert Copen International, he also reiterated his desire to maintain the intimacy of the show while offering product from all four key denim producing regions to customers on both coasts.

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