Kingpins China City Tour Canceled Due to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Health Concerns
Ongoing travel restrictions around the globe have led event organizers to cancel the 2020 Kingpins China City Tour show, originally slated for September 2 & 4.
NEW YORK | August 26, 2020 | The Kingpins China City Tour denim supply chain trade show will not host its September 2020 edition due to ongoing health concerns and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While some places in the world have begun to open and many of our mills and partners in China are slowly returning to a sense of normalcy, for many of our international exhibitors, travel is not an option right now,” said Vivian Wang, Kingpins’ managing director and head of global sales.
There is not a Kingpins24 digital event planned for the Chinese market at this time. Kingpins launched Kingpins24 – the first-ever online-only denim supply chain event – targeting the European and North American markets in the wake of the pandemic after its physical shows were cancelled.
“The Chinese market is very interesting to Kingpins and the global denim market, but we don’t have the technology or capacity to produce a digital event for China just yet,” Wang said. “It is something we are exploring – not just for China, but for the whole world – and we hope to be able to share some good news in that respect soon.”
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The Kingpins Show is an invitation-only, boutique denim sourcing show featuring a highly-edited selection of vendors that include denim and sportswear fabric mills from the U.S., Japan, China, India, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan, Thailand, Spain and Mexico; wash houses; full package manufacturers; trim providers; and makers of technology, wash chemicals and business solutions. Kingpins, which launched in 2004, produces biannual shows in New York and Amsterdam, as well as annual shows in Hong Kong and China. In 2020, Kingpins launched KINGPINS24, the first online-only denim supply chain event, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.