Hello Style Forum,
I am a new member. This June will be my first Pitti Uomo. I was hoping to get advice from you guys about Florence, and about Pitti. What should do? Where should go? Anything I can't miss?
What are you going to Pitti for? As a buyer? Blogger? I've been there a few times but try to avoid the Summer as the heat is Indescribable.
Florence is a beautiful place, I look forward to going back as soon as I leave!
Simon Crompton has a shopping guide here: http://www.permanentstyle.co.uk/2016/04/florence-a-sartorial-shopping-guide.html and if you do a search on the forum, I'm sure you'll find plenty of first hand recommendations.
Food, you can't miss the food, though I think that that goes without saying. In terms of shopping, for a tailor, particularly, I would make sure to visit Liverano&Liverano (http://liverano.com/en), for sure. I suppose that the other place everyone goes is Frasi (http://www.simonerighi.it/site/), Simone Righi's shop. I personally really like PNP (http://pnp-firenze.com/wp/product-category/man/), but that type of clothing is probably not your bag.
We should also have a city map for Florence with shopping destinations before July up on the site, so look for that as well.
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With regard to Pitti, it's a great opportunity to meet with the makers and owners of the brands. Make sure to check out various outside events as well, Simon Crompton has something as do the Swedish guys behind Plaza Uomo magazine.
I like the leather jackets, leather goods, and some of the footwear. There are simply interesting leather treatments that cannot be found anywhere else. For me. the strength of the style is in the experimentation with leather and textiles.
You are not completely incorrect about the "homeless" part - a lot of the designers are influenced by the arte povera movement. The clothes are decidedly not "poor" in anyway though, unless you see them in person, and insistat that incredibly complex textiles and leather are poor.
There is actually very little irony in the clothing. In fact, the lack of humor is one of the things that annoys me about the style.
I suppose that if you wish to have a completely closed mind about things, there is no point in going further, but there is a lot of merit in many of those designers. There is also a lot of garbage and miscues, but that goes for pretty much any style. classic or contemporary.
I think that that is a silly distinction. First of all, the look is not really punk inspired, and second, frankly not achievable using DIY methods. You'll see very little in the way of ripped jeans and studded leathers. Saint Laurent Paris is closer to that. If you know someone who can process leather the way that Guidi's tanneries can in their garage, then they could have a serious career in fashion.
I would disagree strongly with you that the product is ugly. Perhaps not to your taste, but it's certainly not ugly. In fact, I would say that, to the contrary, it's really quite beautiful, though definitely not in the same way that a suit or a pair of bespoke dress boots are. Have you ever seen the product in person? There is a reason that Guidi leather is sought after by so many designers and makers. The leather alone is very unique and striking.
fwiw, I appreciate a variety of aesthetics, and variety, in general.
I think that there is a point in discussing tastes, but it requires an open mind to a variety of aesthetics. I've had this mirror conversation on the SWD side of the forum, where boots by the likes of Edward Green and John Lobb are widely blasted for being "boring and lifeless". I think that both of these opinions are groundless.