Zoom meetings can only go so far in sourcing. After a point those reach a plateau, and then they stop working altogether. That’s true for fashion in general, and just as true for denim.
After the surfeit of digital shows, events have begun in the physical space, and the Denim Premiere Vision (Denim PV), with its two-day Berlin edition which gets under way today (17 May), becomes the one-shop for all things denim. Yet, it’s not the first to mark a physical return—in fact, it comes close on the heels of Kingpins Amsterdam. But then, the flavours are different, as is the mood.
The show in content—Denim PV—promises to make up for lost time. There would be 80+ exhibitors at the show, that would spotlight new features and formats.
The importance of being there
The tone is set by Pakistan’s Rajby Textiles. Says General Manager for R&D and Sustainability, Safdar Shah: “Denim PV, being the first important physical show for us after the pandemic, is really very significant. We are looking forward to meeting all those existing clients as well as new customers who have long been working from home and not able to see us for years. Denim is not just about products; it is about socialising and exchanging ideas to head towards innovations and bring inspirations to real life products.
“We are very much looking forward to exchange what we have got and what other denim gurus are inspired to take trends towards a new direction. Sustainability ideas are going to be one of the most important offerings this time for us where we have got some interesting developments to share with the Denim PV audience.”
It’s ditto for Jesper Andersen, who represents AGI Denim, also from Karachi: “Denim PV means a lot. We need to support these shows to keep the industry alive and have a platform where buyers can meet and see what we all have to offer. We are looking forward to meeting our buyers and customers physically again. We are, of course, also looking forward to presenting our new innovative collection to the buyers/customers. We offer many new innovative and sustainable concepts at Denim PV—from fibres and dyeing to fabric finishing. We have made many new interesting and sustainable collaborations, which gives us complete transparency throughout our supply chain.”
The sustainability factor keeps recurring, both in terms of what companies are offering, as well as what they themselves believe that buyers would be looking out for. Moreover, it’s a subject area not typical of only denim producers or brands. There are others like Barcelona-headquartered Tintes Egara, who have been specialists in dyeing for over 60 years. Its Chief Executive Armand Galobart points out, “Denim PV is the most important showcase in the world of denim and its accessories, such as t-shirts, and it is an easy way to let everyone know that we continue to advance by presenting new proposals, and not just because of trends, since until recently for a short time, sustainability was a trend. Now sustainability is an obligation, since the use of resources, apart from influencing the health of the planet, influences the economic results of companies.”
Nevertheless, you got to be there. Italy’s Ribbontex, which makes ribbons and garment accessories, will be there with a bouquet. Gloria Crivellaro, Export Sales Manager, outlines: “The show gives us the possibility to display and present our items in a cool, cosmopolitan and relaxed place—products that are not only and exclusively dedicated to the world of denim, but are multifaceted and can be reinterpreted over and over again. This is the magic of our accessories. We will present our last new collections and some novelties in terms of ribbons and accessories for the denim.”
The reason to be there at Denim PV is also the way it operates. According to Francesca Polato from Berto Industria Tessile, a Padova-based leader that is over 130 years old, “The fact that every season it is located in a different city permits us to enlarge our relationships with clients and meet more new and existing top-quality brands. We will offer our high-quality denim fabrics collection.”