Here are a few of the shots I took while at Pitti. I could go on forever about what an amazing time I had there, but I'm sure no-one wants to hear about that. There aren't so many (detailed) pictures because I asked at most of the booths if I could take pictures, some told me to get lost, some people said yes. I found that probably half the brands don't want their collections posted online, for example, Ducal, Drake's and Cucinelli.
Also, my picture taking was curtailed when I tried to take a few snaps of Silvano Lattanzi's booth without permission, the lady at the booth literally jumped out of her chair to attack me and called security.. After that I stuck to pictures of collections that were for personal use, i.e. brands I placed an order with and wanted to remember exactly what I got.
One thing that really struck me was the Asian presence there, I spotted more than a few booths with, what I'm guessing, were translators for their Asian customers.. I hope it's just not a passing phase as I'm sure the sartorial world has begun to rely on their cash!
Entrance to Pitti
Mr. Sozzi (Calze)
Sozzi Knitted Ties
Ludwig Reiter Lamdskin Lined Shoe!!
Car Shoe - Awesome booth!
Shoeshine @ Harry's of London - I spoke with one of the people there and was amazed how high quality their shoes actually are.
New Silk Lined Gloves from Merola... Coming Next Winter To Exquisite Trimmings!
Mr. G Ceramic Cufflinks... Never Seen Anything Like This Before!
Vintage Fabrics from Petronius - They didn't speak even one word of English!
Some of My Favorites from Zonkey Boot - Did You Know They Used To Own St. Crispins?
End of Day One!!
Outside of Pitti I arranged a meeting Antonio Muro tie makers, we met at Leonardo Bugelli's atelier about a 20 minute walk from the Fortezza. Truly amazing people and very dedicated to their craft, I can't speak highly enough about them, in the hour and a half we spent to together I was privileged to glean knowledge from some real sartorial celebrities. (From left to right, Rafaelle Muro, Leonardo Buggeli, Gennaro Muro)
Some funny shaped pasta I saw at the airport!
Pitti Gents (Click to show)