Pitti Filati 81 fully expresses the great experimentation and very high quality of the best international yarn mills. An energetic edition at the Fortezza da Basso, immersed within a climate of confidence and optimism.
Pitti Filati 81: first closing figures
The foreign attendance figures confirmed the high numbers recorded at the last edition, excellent performances from Japan, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Turkey and South Korea. A slight drop for Italy.
The 81st edition of Pitti Filati (Florence 28-30 June 2017) came to an end amidst a high level of ferment in the stands at the Fortezza da Basso, with all the best buyers arriving from every corner of the world intent on discovering the latest ideas, experimentation and the new trends expressed in the collections by the top international yarn mills.
“Pitti Filati successfully expressed the great research activities and investment in innovation being carried out by our companies”, says Raffaello Napoleone, CEO of Pitti Immagine. “The feedback we collected over these few days was more than positive: there was a lot of appreciation for the new collections presented by the exceptional Italian and foreign yarn manufacturers, as well as the highly qualified public of designers, style bureaus and members of the trade that we hosted at the Fortezza. I should add our approbation for the many initiatives which, during the event, saw the involvement of well-established companies tackling new projects and important anniversaries, as well as the many initiatives dedicated to young knitwear designers: I am thinking of the Feel The Yarn competition and the catwalk show by the Master’s Degree students in Knitwear design at the Accademia di Costume & Moda in Rome that made the atmosphere at the fair even more lively and creative”.
The final attendance figures registered a total of around 5,350 buyers (slightly below the high levels achieved a year ago, an almost record edition with 5,400 buyers); the foreign buyers fully confirmed their numbers (around 2,900 international buyers who have been outnumbering the Italians for several seasons now), and featuring highly dynamic reference markets like Japan (+9%), Russia (+50%), China (+16%), Hong Kong (+15%), Turkey (+12%) and South Korea (+24%); the numbers were stable for United Kingdom, Netherlands and United States, whilst there was a slight fall for France and Spain.
With regard to the Italian buyers, these recorded a slight drop in attendance of around 2%.
Once again leading the top 15 foreign reference countries was United Kingdom (313 buyers), followed by Germany (310), France (243), United States (240), Japan (188), Spain (120), Turkey (116), China (101), Russia (97) Switzerland (96), Hong Kong (90), Netherlands (87), Sweden (52), Belgium (48) and South Korea (46).
On the morning of Friday 30 June the winner was also declared of the eighth edition of FEEL THE YARN, the competition dedicated to supporting and promoting young knitwear creatives, organized by the Consorzio Promozione Filati with the support of Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery. Among the creations of the 22 students selected from some of the most prestigious international fashion schools, the contribution by Yuan-Lung Kao (Royal College of Art) stood out in particular and was awarded the prize provided by BIELLA YARN (a brand of SAFIL / SUDWOLLE GROUP), which will allow the designer to further specialize his training. The Feel the Yarn award was flanked by a special prize from Banana Republic, the winner of which was Rebecca Holmes of Kingston University in London,