Preparing to touch down at Pitti Uomo for Drapers’ first day in Florence has been a tough one, with so much to see in just a mere few days.
It seems the menswear trade show has pulled all the stops out for its 84th edition, with more than 1,000 -1043 to be exact - brands exhibiting across 635,070 sq ft of floor space.
What is most exciting about Pitti this season is the host of new launches, proving that although the European economy has seen better days, brands are not afraid of evolving as they try to tempt shoppers to spend.
Top of the agenda for day one will be a trip to Saks Fifth Avenue.
The US department store has opted to launch into wholesale at this spring’s show, four years after debuting its in house label.
British designer Tom Dixon’s collaboration with sportswear brand Adidas is also a must.
Italian label Isaia, which is well known for tailoring, will showcase its move into sportswear with an expanded offering of luxury pieces.
Also diversifying for spring 14 is US knitwear brand Orley, which is expanding its range to encompass pieces such as woven shirts and outerwear.
And with guest designer - the Japanese brand Kolor, which plans to offer up a catwalk presentation of the label’s spring 14 range - it is bound to be a good end to the trip.