The organisers of major denim trade fair Kingpins has cancelled the upcoming Hong Kong edition due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The fair would have taken place on 13 and 14 May 2020, but the organization sees “the current health risks and significant travel restrictions in force” more than sufficient grounds for the exhibition to be cancelled. Earlier this week the same reasoning resulted in the Beijing and Shanghai fashion weeks being cancelled.
“We are very concerned about the situation in China and understand that many of our members and visitors with extreme difficulty and uncertainty due to efforts to limit the spread of the virus,” said Andrew Olah, founder of the Kingpins Show, in a press release. “In light of these problems and the expectation that this for a while will continue, we thought it prudent to cancel the event in Hong Kong. The health of our members and visitors is paramount at this time.”
The organisers have no alternative date for the proposed exhibition. The next edition of the fair in Hong Kong will take place in May 2021.
Vivian Wang, managing director of King Pins, said: “The Asian denim market remains central to the global denim industry and we look forward to bringing this international community together in September.”
This article was originally published on FashionUnited.NL, translated and edited by Kelly Press.