Kingpins New York’s F/W 2020 show, set for June 12thand 13th at Pier 36 in New York City, will be decidedly focused on the future of the denim industry. On the heels of announcing exhibitor standards and requirements in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility and Chemical Management for Kingpins Amsterdam exhibitors, Kingpins’ New York-based organizers are focusing on promoting and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at their upcoming hometown show.

The Conscious Fashion Campaign, which champions fashion brands who put impact at the forefront of their business to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, will join Kingpins New York for the first time this season. The initiative, supported by the United Nations Office for Partnerships, harnesses the power of retail, media and influence to drive the innovators in conscious fashion who are addressing the world’s most pressing issues towards our sustainable future.

 “Kingpins is committed to pushing the denim industry toward a better future,” said Andrew Olah, founder of Kingpins Show and Kingpins Transformers. “We believe in the Sustainable Development Goals and their ability to work as a roadmap for reducing denim’s impact on the environment and providing clear direction in the realms of social responsibility, innovation and inequality.”

After a successful collaboration in Amsterdam, the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the Conscious Fashion Campaign will join Kingpins New York in a larger capacity, presenting a panel “Good Jeans: Denim Industry as a driver for the Sustainable Development Goals” and hosting a meeting space on the show floor for brands interested in learning more about the Sustainable Development Goals and about the opportunities for collaboration with the United Nations for the denim industry to achieve their goals.

The panel, set for 3:30PM on June 12, will act as a powerful crash-course on the SDGs and will be moderated by Lucie Brigham, Chief of Office, United Nations Office for Partnerships. Panelists will include: Kerry Bannigan, Founder, Conscious Fashion Campaign; Meral Guzel, Women’s Empowerment Principles Specialist – Empower Women | UN Women | WEPs | WeLearn | BuyFromWomen; Amber BARTH, Senior Programme Officer, International Labour Organization; and Riefqah Jappie, International Trade Center Representative to the UN.

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About Kingpins
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.

About United Nations
The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a global gateway for public-private partnerships to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. In this role, the Office serves as the operational interface between the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations system in support of high-impact projects implemented throughout the world by UN system agencies; advises, guide and facilitate partnership events and initiatives between the United Nations and non-state actors, such as private sector, foundation and civil society, in support of the Sustainable Development Goals; serves as the Secretariat for the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocates; and to provides administrative support to the United Nations Democracy Fund.

About the Conscious Fashion Campaign: 
The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, seeks to inspire worldwide prominent fashion industry tradeshows, fashion weeks, conferences and speaker series to implement responsible marketing, operations and logistics that are mindful of social, economic and environmental impact. To achieve the 2030 agenda the Conscious Fashion Campaign, founded by Kerry Bannigan, urges industry event leaders to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into their business models, incorporate circular production solutions, highlight key innovations and facilitate knowledge share. The Conscious Fashion Campaign commits to actively support the Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development by bridging the gap between the United Nations and global major fashion events to enable the Sustainable Development Goals to scale and create multi-stakeholder partnerships with concrete strategies for action.
About the United Nations Office for Partnerships:
The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a global gateway for catalyzing and building multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNOP provides a platform for effective partner engagement and works to leverage the assets and expertise of a broad range of partners in furtherance of the SDGs. As a member of the UN Fashion Alliance and the advisor to the Conscious Fashion Campaign, UNOP facilitates awareness, advocacy and engagement to achieve the SDGs within the fashion and textile industry.