Andrew Olah, Founder of Kingpins is keen to go back physical shows once more. In an open "End of Year Letter" to the denim community, Olah has chalked out events for 2021in both digital and physical forms. He foresees a return to normal in September: “We look forward to being back in action in China in September, Amsterdam in October and in NYC in the late fall of 2021.”
Of course, Kingpins plans to continue its series of online events launched in 2020, as he wrote: “We will do more online shows starting with an event in February to serve the US market and another one in April for Amsterdam and Europe. Our online shows should not end once physical shows return. We love the idea of digital information and the challenge to find new and inspiring individuals to share their stories or their products or inventions.”
They also plan to continue with Kingpins’ Exchange platform, their online marketplace launched in October 2020. The Kingpins’ Exchange will be available in more languages such as Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese and will feature more enhancements to make the online fabric viewing a more functional tool for sourcing.
He is optimistic that by mid 2021 the global effects of the pandemic could be under control: “The vaccines that are becoming available I’m told are excellent and reliable and this allows one to imagine that by the end of next summer a large part of the world will have immunity against the current virus.”