Originally Posted by Holdfast
What fresh Ducal is this? :)
Originally Posted by A.J.V
I think he's referring to Ducal (-Firenze) Shoes
Beautiful hand-crafted shoes, the collection was really nice.
Originally Posted by Makoto Chan
That was such a fun set of photos. Thank you for taking and sharing them!
I'm surprised that Drakes et al. don't want their collection photographed and posted online. Why is that? Do they want to announce/promote the designs themselves, later?
Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy
Great photos....thanks for posting!
Originally Posted by A.J.V Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Here's some points from my (blogger) view after couple of Pitti fairs.
There are a lot of different policies and attitudes towards people trying to take photos. Some allow only people with the press pass, some let anyone take photos and then there are some who are between these two lines. For example Cucinelli is pretty restricted, there are few guys / journalists who they let to take pictures, mainly guys they know well.
What I do, is always tell what I do (tell about my blog etc) and then ask for the permission to take some shots and of course post them after that. If the answer is no (as it has been for example at Silvano Lattanzi. For example I think some of the shoemakers are the most strict on their "policies") then it's no. And as said before that is to be respected.
It would be great make more detailed stories or posts of every brand seen at the fair but as the time is limited it's hardly possible. This time I chose few brands that I wanted to take a closer look and have a chat with them as well (such as Barena, Eleventy, Fedeli, Boglioli, Drake's) and then the others I went through and just took a look of the collection & snapped some photos.. Also met met some great guys such as Federico Ceschi of N.H Sartoria during the week and will be posting the interview at some time later.
Thank you! I really enjoyed taking the photos as well. I'm not one of those guys with a DSLR and a huge lens but I still had fun!
Regarding secrecy around new collections. One of the reasons is because the collections don't hit the stores till around September and they just don't want it to be seen elsewhere before then, they work so hard on it and want the launch to be "OH WOW!!" as opposed to "I was waiting for that to come out, I saw it 6 months ago...". Also, I was told that the wholesale customer of certain brands get annoyed when the new collections are all over the internet before their official release.. This I can definitely sympathise with.
I don't think they're worried about people copying their collections or if they are, it's not as much as they don't want it to be released before the proper time.