Monocle on Design

Pitti Uomo 91

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17 January 2017

Episode 275

30 minutes


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We head to Florence to bring you a report from the 91st edition of Pitti Uomo, one of the most exciting events in the menswear calendar.

17 January 2017

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Tim Coppens

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Each season Pitti Uomo chooses one or two designers to stage special runway shows – and it has a knack for picking the most exciting names in the industry. This time it was Tim Coppens’ turn. On the morning of his show the Belgian star caught up with Monocle’s Jamie Waters to talk about the benefits of showing in the Tuscan capital.

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The buyers of Pitti Uomo

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Pitti is a critical appointment in a buyer’s calendar; each has favourite pavilions, buying tactics and strategies with which to approach the mammoth task at hand. Monocle’s Chiara Rimella caught up with three of them to understand how they get business done in Florence.

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Alessandro Sartori

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After a half-decade stint at Berluti in France, Alessandro Sartori is back with the company that made his name: Zegna. He’s got a new role as artistic director of the whole group, in charge of supervising all of the brand’s lines. Monocle’s fashion director, Daphné Hézard, spoke to him about the importance of Pitti Uomo and the influence of skiing on his latest collection.

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Paul Smith

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The British design legend presented a collection influenced by sportswear and his personal love of cycling. He was joined by eight dancers and gymnasts, who performed in a show choreographed by Jamie Neale to demonstrate the versatility of the collection. Daphné Hézard met him before the show.

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