The inaugural TRANSFORMERS: ED event will be held on October 18 at Ravensbourne University in London and feature a robust list of speakers from across the denim supply chain.
NEW YORK (September 11, 2019) KINGPINS TRANSFORMERS: ED is the first of what Kingpins Transformers organizers hope will be an annual educational conference focusing on fashion students who are still at university and are about to enter the wider fashion industry. The all-day conference is set for October 18 at Ravensbourne University in London and is sponsored by Tencel, Saitex and FibreTrace.
As with all Kingpins Transformers conferences, the focus of TRANSFORMERS: ED will be on the social, environmental and economic challenges facing the denim industry. The event will spotlight solutions being created by leading members of the denim community and help students understand the inefficiencies and threats facing the denim supply chain – as well as opportunities for improvement and innovation.
“I have always been passionate about education and engaging with young people who will enter the denim industry and hopefully change it for the better,” said Andrew Olah, founder of Kingpins Transformers and Kingpins Show. “If we want to push the denim industry toward the radical change that is necessary to make us sustainable and transparent, we – as an industry – must actively engage with students, educate them, provide them with insights and support them as the enter the industry. I taught a denim course at FIT for 15 years with that goal. ED is our attempt at doing the same thing on a larger scale. Thankfully, we have enjoyed tremendous support from our friends and partners.”
At the inaugural event, 15 speakers will explore the supply chain, explaining how things are made, identify best practices and, from there, give students insights on sustainability throughout the production chain.
Confirmed speakers include: Kerry Bannigan of Conscious Fashion Campaign, Miguel Sanchez of Gavilan, Michael Kininmonth of Lenzing, Helen Latham of The LYCRA Company, Alberto Candiani of Candiani Denim, Alice Tonello of Tonello, Steve Kenzie, Executive Director of United Nations Global Compact, Bilgehan ‘Han’ Ates of Blackhorse Lane Atelier, graphics branding expert Nick Williams, Simon Beachus, Sanjeev Bahl of Saitex, Jakob Krzysko of DyStar, Rowan Hunt of Debenhams, and Andrew Olah of Olah Inc. and Kingpins Show. For a full list of speakers, including bios, please visit the Transformers site here
TRANSFORMERS: ED is in association with Ravensbourne University and will be hosted by Mohsin Sajid, founder of Denim History. The event is open to students, exclusively. Interested students may secure a ticket here
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About Kingpins Transformers
Kingpins Show organizers in collaboration with House of Denim, represents members of the denim community that are committed to creating, implementing and sharing the changes that need to happen in the jeans industry to make it more environmentally viable, socially responsible and financially sound.
About House of Denim
The Amsterdam-based House of Denim Foundation is a platform for craftsmanship, sustainability and innovation in the denim industry. It was founded to connect and inspire denim lovers and stakeholders. Through the development of education, innovation, enterprise and networking projects, it strives to make the world of jeans dryer, cleaner and smarter; 'Towards a Brighter Blue’. House of Denim is based in Denim City, Amsterdam.