July 29th: Kingpins Seminar “What’s Next for Denim?”

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July 29th, 2014…California Fashion Association (CFA) seminar for the Kingpins Show at the Cooper Design Space – entitledWHAT’S NEXT FOR DENIM?”

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Kingpins Show founder Andrew Olah began the seminar with a brief introduction. Ilse Metchek, CFA President, presented a PowerPoint giving an overview of the denim industry and moderated the panel of experts…



  • Mark Werts, Founder, American Rag
  • Larry Russ, Co-Owner, American Rag andFounding Partner, Russ, August & Kabat 
  • Erika King, Denim Buyer, American Rag
  • Jill Perilman, Designer, Chambrai and Liverpool Jeans
  • Stephanie Stein, Executive Sales Director, Stylesight/WGSN



Discussed:  The value and danger in diversifying beyond jeans into full sportswear collections; the role jeans play in the current mainstream closet; a retailer’s perspective on the future of denim