Amsterdam celebrates the first annual Global Denim Awards

Last week during Kingpins Amsterdam, the Dutch capital hosted the first Global Denim Awards to celebrate the diverse talent in the design and manufacturing arena.

Kingpins second show in Amsterdam since its inception, along with Denim Days, back in May, brought much excitement to the denim community in what the city has now been dubbed, Europe’s denim capital. The absence of Denim Days (shown annually) meant there was room during Kingpins schedule for another indigo event to showcase alongside the specialised fabric trade show. Organisers of Kingpins, along with e3, HTNK and House of Denim, arranged The Global Denim Awards, the first-of-its-kind runway show and competition to take place after the opening day at Denim City, Amsterdam’s brand new denim innovation campus.

The initiative presented six design projects by six international emerging designers each paired with an international denim manufacturer. The collections were presented to the international denim audience as well as a panel of judges that included the Godfather Adriano Goldschmied, Rene Strolenberg (co-founder of Tenue de Nimes), Norma Quinto (fashion journalist) and Jason Denham (founder of Denham the Jeanmaker). Winners of the contest were Bossa (Turkey) with Gizem Turan from Istanbul, for the Global Denim Award Fabric category and ITV Denim (Italy) with Jonathan Christopher from Rotterdam for the Design category.

Winning collection by Dutch designer Jonathon Christopher

Christopher says his collection was inspired by the urban nomad. “The Nomadum collection gives a look in the different worlds of nomads.” He used denim combined with alpaca wool to create a bomber jacket, for example, a time consuming process which took 6 hours per panel to make. He also created a denim bomber jacket, one he liked so much that he ended up crafting a version for himself to wear during his collection presentation to the judges. See his full collection below:

Winning Collection by Dutch designer Jonathon Christopher

Winning Collection by Dutch designer Jonathon Christopher

Winning Collection by Dutch designer Jonathon Christopher

Winning Collection by Dutch designer Jonathon Christopher

Winning Collection by Dutch designer Jonathon Christopher

Winner Jonathon Christopher accepts award from Adriano Goldschmied 

Final collection from contestant Bhavesh Samji & Orta Anadolu

Final collection from contestant Fernanda Fernandes and Tejidos Royo

Final collection from contestant Stefano Ughetti partnered with Italian producer Candiani

Global Denim Awards co-founder Mariette Hoitink opens the ceremony

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