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UK buyers fail to show up at opening of Pitti Uomo

The turnout of UK buyers and visitors was disappointing at the opening of the Pitti Uomo menswear show in Florence today.

However the show got off to a busy start in general , with the weather overcast but not too cold. More UK retailers are expected to attend the Italian fair tomorrow, but suppliers told Drapers they still expected to see fewer buyers and smaller teams from the larger store groups than at last year’s exhibition following a tough year for retailers.

Corneliani’s UK sales manager Gerry Dixon said: “I haven’t seen any UK buyers on the stand yet but there are a few about including indies. The autumn show is traditionally stronger than the summer one but I don’t really know what to expect this time, although our end of the market is probably holding up better than the middle-market.”

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