January 8-13 2013 Pitti Uomo will be amongst us. Twice a year men from around the world flock to Florence, Italy to attend the worlds largest and oldest men’s wear trade show Pitti Immagine Uomo. The company’s origins date back to the early 1950s and the first fashion shows staged in the Sala Bianca in Palazzo Pitti, Florence. With over 1000 brands on display and more than 30,000 expected visitors, Pitti is growing more and more. Besides the street style fashion show that I’m sure GQ will cover, 2013 promises to be one of Pitti most diverse shows. I’m looking forward to the debut of The Coal Project by ACF (Art Comes First) a collective of some of the most respected artists and creatives in the menswear world. ACF will stage a special project for Alternative Set at the Fortezza: The Coal Project, a combination of performances and installations on the style, look and cult items in the men’s wardrobe.
Another feature at Pitti that we’re excited about is the inauguration of Pitti Italics by Andrea Pompilio and Emiliano Rinaldi. Pitti Italics is not just another label! It is a symbol, a guarantee, the mark of the symbolic and real attention that Pitti Immagine dedicates to the new generations of Italian fashion designers. These are the people – even given different levels of fame, image and market presence – who according to Pitti have an international standing in terms of fact or potential, and we are honored to present them and continue to promote their efforts.
Another highlight that isn’t directly related to Pitti but a treat for all of us menswear nerds is The Sartorialist Dinner. Scott Schuman started the series a couple of shows ago by gathering together a few of the most stylish and influential people in the menswear industry and those that have made The Sartorialist site what it is today. After spotting Kanye West, Nick Wooster, Luca Rubinacci and others at the very first lunch, I am sure they will only get better with time.