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UK numbers fall at Pitti Uomo

The number of UK visitors dropped by 20% compared with last year at the autumn 09 edition of menswear show Pitti Uomo.

Organiser Pitti Immagine said the number of UK visitors was 457 compared with 571 for the autumn edition last year. That figure was down 40% on the comparable 2007 edition. Overall visitor numbers were 22,672, down from 24,000 in January 2008.

Department stores Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and John Lewis were notable absentees from this season’s event in Florence, while other retailers sent smaller teams for shorter stays.

Marks & Spencer, Asos, TK Maxx, Moss Bros and Flannels were at the show, but exhibitors said the number of independents had dropped significantly compared with last year.

Marks & Spencer’s menswear head of design Tony O’Connor said the show had been worthwhile. He said: “Although the trends haven’t moved on a lot, what was there was extremely well executed.”

Several exhibitors reported that the mood of UK retailers at the show was upbeat.

Key tailoring looks continued to include slimmer-fit blocks with shorter jackets.

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