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New and Notable Partnerships at Kingpins

The Sapphire denim collection ranges from undyed qualities to fabric rich in color.

Kingpins NYC was abuzz with breaking news that Messe Frankfurt was buying a stake in the denim trade fair. The alliance looks to extend Kingpins’ global reach, providing additional resources to grow the denim community presence. Messe Frankfurt is a market leader in trade fairs for the textile industry with a portfolio comprising around 50 international trade fairs in 11 countries. According to reports, Kingpins will continue to operate independently. In a 10-second conversation with Kingpins’ founder Andrew Olah at the show, held at Basketball City in lower Manhattan last week, he welcomed the partnership saying it is good news for his organization.

AI generated denim collection by Soorty.

Innovative supplier partnerships were also notable on the show floor. For example:

Noble Biomaterials and Cone Denim previewed their collab on a denim fabric that uses Noble's Ionic+ antimicrobial technology. The denim fabric will be featured by Mack Weldon in a retail launch in Fall '23. With Noble's Ionic+ technology permanently embedded in yarn fibers, the Cone denim offers sustainable protection enabling jeans to remain microbe and odor-free, reducing the need for frequent washing and conserving resources.

Sapphire continues to build an offering of standout eco-friendly and functional fabrications that range from a new undyed collection of denims to a strong selection from an ongoing Sapphire x Cordura collaboration.

Renewcell drew a steady stream of attendees to its booth looking to learn more about this innovative textile-to-textile recycling company based in Sweden. The firm’s branded product, Circulose, relies on a process that creates pulp made from 100 percent recycled cotton clothing, and is viewed as representing the next step in achieving a circularity.

This Most Sustainable Product (MSP) denim features lower water and energy consumption and reduced emissions.