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Fresh and functional: Drapers' picks from Pitti Uomo autumn 16

Above, Drapers outlines the highlights from the autumn 16 edition of menswear trade show Pitti Uomo in Florence. Below, buyers and exhibitors give their views on the event. 

Shianna Haneef

Shianna Haneef

Shiana Haneef, menswear buyer at Secret Sales:

“Old-school Pitti is really back this season. Over the last couple of seasons the line between formal and casual had gotten a bit blurry but for this edition it’s much clearer. The tailoring element is what the show is known for and that is much stronger. I’ve never seen the show so busy, and you get so much inspiration from just seeing what people are wearing and how they’ve put their outfits together.”

Dominic Rosenfeld DKNY

Dominic Rosenfeld

Dominic Rosenfeld, UK and European head of sales, SDI Lifestyle, global licensee for DKNY Men:

“It’s been a really great show for us. Pitti is a good opportunity to see key accounts and meet new ones. We’ve seen a lot of international buyers, particularly from Asia. It’s been busier than last season.”


Jason Gallen Victorinox

Jason Gallen

Jason Gallen, global president of apparel business, Victorinox:

“The show has been excellent. That has been down to the amount of international buyers. We’ve seen people from the US, Asia and Central Europe. They are looking for brands that have a story to tell that are a bit different to what their competitors are doing.”


John Illingworth

John Illingworth

John Illingworth, head of menswear buying for

“I haven’t been to Pitti for a few years, as we’ve been sending other people. It feels fresher and more contemporary now. There is less classic Italian stuff (doesn’t this contradict what Shiana Haneef says?. Autumn 16 is going to be a strong season. There are a lot of new details coming through, such as velcro-off badges, bouclé fluffy knitwear on overcoats – and indeed lots of overcoats in general, often in long lengths down to the ankle.”

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