An Update About Kingpins + News About Denim Science and Crime

Hello Friends,
How is everyone holding up?

This is going to be a quick one because (cheap Spinal Tap joke coming right up) we’re going to 11 prepping Kingpins24 for you in 12 days (April 22/23!!!). We cannot tell you how wonderful it has been to engage and collaborate with our industry during these truly terrifying times. We are all just trying to bring each other information and also inspiration and connection. It gives us hope and fuels our fire to make this event something truly special for everyone. 

Our program for Kingpins24 will be released next week so you can see the content line-up and get your first peek at what’s in store. Register for Kingpins24 here.

We released our schedule for the F/W 2021 Kingpins Trend film we’re making with Amy Leverton of Denim Dudes. It is basically an animated version of the hour-long presentation she gives during Kingpins shows. But you can pick the time that works best for you. Pro tip: wear your favorite WFH sweats, maybe have a tasty beverage of your choice on hand. Pretty excited about this new iteration of Kingpins Trend, tbh. For more info, click-click.

Finally, please update your calendar. We announced the cancellation of the June edition of Kingpins New York. We will dearly, dearly miss seeing our hometown crowd this summer. Feeling incredibly nostalgic for the parking lot parties right now.

New Stuff On The Site!

A new photo gallery featuring the convergence of indigo and military. Power couple status.

Denim Talks Podcast: Episode 2 is out! We interviewed denim veteran Paul Guez about the wild west era of designer denim. He has some great stories and apparently a low key beef with Oscar de la Renta. Bonus content: a commercial of Elton John, where he cleverly changes the words of Sad Song to Sasson. Oooh la la!

PLUS – did you notice that we launched a lovely little shop (Kingpins Shop!) on our new site?! Here is what Andrew Olah, founder of Kingpins Show and Kingpins Shop, says about why he wanted to open a retail store:
 “I’ve been granted one of the luckiest lives on earth because a major element of my job has been to travel and learn. My first trip to Japan in 1980 was not only inspiring, but set the tone of the rest of my life because there in Tokyo I saw all the opportunities available for denim fabric. I saw denim golf bags, chairs, denim briefcases and shoes, and laundry bags and pen cases – let alone t-shirts and jeans. I saw more indigo items in Tokyo in two days than I had seen in my entire life. All my life I thought ‘why can’t everyone see everything there is to see in indigo in one place?’ And now we have it. We are about indigo and our love of it. The Japanese word for “indigo” is “ai” and the word for “love” in Japanese, while different characters, is “ai.” 
Thanks for reading. Stay safe out there.

-The Kingpins Team

Links to keep you informed and inspired:

A New Open Source Blue
Calling all molecular scientists in the denim world: who is going to be the first to test this new dye on jeans? “By extracting a pigment from beets and tweaking its molecular pattern, Dr. Bastos transformed the pigment’s bashful blush to a brilliant blue. He calls it BeetBlue, and so far it appears to be nontoxic. The chemical reaction he and his colleagues demonstrated Friday in Science Advances brings us a natural blue, unpatented and free for all to modify.” – The New York Times
Read More: How Do You Make a Less Toxic Blue Dye? Start With Red Beets

Bunk Science Debunked [Turns Out Your Whiskers Aren’t All That Unique?]
Did you know that in 1997 photos of a pair of jeans (specifically their wear patterns) helped send a bank robber-cum-bombmaker to prison? And that an FBI agent has built an entire forensic science around the idea that photographs of jeans and other garments can be analyzed and that patterns discerned in those photographs could be used as evidence? It’s true. But scientists have always been like and now a new study by published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences raises questions about the trustworthiness of matching jeans by their patterns of wear.
Read More: Denim, as a Crime-Solving Tool, Has Holes
And More: The FBI Says Its Photo Analysis Is Scientific Evidence. Scientists Disagree.

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