ICYMI: Let’s Try To Help

Hello Friends,

How is everyone doing?

We come to you this week with a slightly different agenda. The news is terrible and so many in our community are suffering. So, in addition to some articles and information about the current state of the world and our industry, this week’s newsletter also includes some information about how to get help and how to be helpful in this new reality.

In Kingpins news, we’re continuing to gear up for Kingpins24 on April 22/23. The program is coming together and soon we will announce our line-up for the live stream portion of the event. The denim community has rallied behind us in a way that is incredibly bracing and inspirational. People are creating content, building presentations, making movies and having open and earnest conversations all in the name of uniting and supporting our industry and each other. All of us at Kingpins are so thankful and inspired. We hope you will join us. Related: Our Kingpins24 Live Stream will be on Zoom, so please be sure to download it before April 22.

Finally, our new website is up! (I mean, you know that. You are here.) The site is being updated three times per week with new content. Here is a sampling of the week’s offerings:

Plus, if you have initiatives that need support or have ways that our community can be engaged to help, send us an email and we’ll try to include them in our newsletter next week.

Thanks for reading. Stay safe out there.

-The Kingpins Team

Links to keep you informed, hopeful and inspired:

Support Food Banks, Feed Kids, Help People Who Have Lost Their Jobs

You can:

  • Donate to, volunteer at your local food bank
  • Find ways to help feed students who depend on school lunches
  • Support small businesses that employ low-wage workers
  • Collaborate with neighbors to check in on the most vulnerable in your community

“As the Los Angeles Times’ Matt Pearce recently tweeted, self-quarantine and isolation can feel ominous, but it can also be viewed as “an amazing act of social solidarity: We’re sacrificing so we can give nurses, doctors and hospitals a fighting chance.” So amid the chaos and closures, try not to lose sight of the broader goal of these preventative actions and small favors.”

Facebook has a new way for communities to help each other through COVID-19
“Facebook is expanding its Community Help feature to let neighbors request and offer assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has announced. The feature first launched back in 2017 as a way for people to help each other aftermath of natural or man-made disasters, but now it’s being expanded to help with the health crisis. The feature is rolling out now in the US, UK, France, Australia, and Canada, and will be coming to more countries in the coming weeks.” – Jon Porter for The Verge


Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, New Data Suggest

Blood centers will collect plasma from COVID-19 survivors in bid for treatment
(A few clinical trials have started testing the use of survivor plasma for coronavirus.)

Los Angeles Announces Initiative to Engage Local Fashion Industry in Fight Against COVID-19

Fashion brands’ cancellations of £2.4bn orders ‘catastrophic’ for Bangladesh

Some big brands have agreed to honor their orders and pay suppliers

What do department stores do now?

“Then came COVID-19, a pandemic that has swept the globe, forcing people apart and out of the public sphere. By and large, only stores selling essential goods remain open, as all elements of society do their part to flatten the trajectory of the disease. … the current environment is no place for department stores.”

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