Sara Ruffini, Product Manager Knitwear Jersey Man and Woman, Jil Sander:
I’ve been coming to Pitti Filati since 1997: I haven’t missed a single show. I think that for anyone who works in the knitwear sector, this is the only really global fair. Italian knitwear represents the ultimate in quality in the sector, and the most important companies are here, and so are the wool yarn manufacturers that we work with on a regular basis. The fair offers an excellent opportunity to see what’s new as well as to make new contacts. In addition, Pitti Filati takes place at the right time in the manufacture of our collections: it’s always stayed at the same time in the calendar and that’s just perfect.
Anton Karlsson, Buyer Tiger of Sweden, Stockholm:
The atmosphere is really stimulating and I liked the collections very much: at every show there are lots of companies offering great new ideas! Pitti Filati is an important departure point for exploring the new stories in colour and the new trends, as well as understanding what direction we’re moving in. And the organization is always perfect. One thing that’s not to be missed is the Vintage Selection: it’s fun and also really useful.
Victoria Hill, Senior Designer Altuzarra, New York:
It was a splendid show! It’s great to see so much innovation and so much attention to the world of eco-sustainability, a market that’s growing. As regards new trends, I’ve noticed a lot of cotton, and textured and technical yarns. The Research Space is extremely interesting, as well as the Knitclub and Fashion at Work sections: understanding how yarns are being interpreted by companies is very useful for us designers. And then seeing all the ideas brought together at the same time helps us to understand what the knitwear manufacturers are working on and to pay attention to the details.
Ayumi Sugiyama, Product Chief Onward Kashiyama, Tokyo:
I always come to Pitti Filati with my whole team. First of all, we visit the Research Space together, which always makes a big impact and is very stimulating; then each of us visits the companies. Some knitwear manufacturers have really interesting stands with creative cross-fertilization between fashion and food; it’s always very busy, but despite that, the fair is effective and it’s easy to get around. Participating in the show stimulates our imagination: I’d like all Japanese companies to be able to come at least once.
Jungin You, Designer Knit & Sweaters John Varvatos, New York:
I’ve been coming to Pitti Filati for several years and I have to say that each time it’s really stimulating! It’s a real showcase of ideas for us designers, because we can see the new yarns of the season and how they’re being interpreted by the companies: all the best knitwear manufacturers are here, and I can see them all together at the same time! At this show, I noticed a lot of technical yarns and greater attention to the environment; we’re moving towards an increasingly sporty, trendy lifestyle. Congratulations on the organization!
Shannon Faulkner, Assistant Knitwear Designer Derek Lam International, New York:
I adore the atmosphere at Pitti Filati! The show is easy to visit and the atmosphere is pleasant and business-oriented at the same time. I have a very tight calendar that’s packed with appointments, I take advantage of the fact that all the novelties in knitwear manufacture are here at the fair to discover as many of them as possible! The Knitclub section was a real source of inspiration for me and I made a lot of contacts with different companies.
Gordy, Purchasing Manager V-Grass, Nanjing:
Our company is about to open a store in Milan and we needed to make contacts with the best suppliers from around the world: that’s why I decided to participate in Pitti Filati. The Pitti team helped me in every way possible, directing me towards what I needed and giving me very important suggestions for getting the best out of my first time here. Pitti Filati is a fantastic opportunity to get a complete panorama on the most important companies and to find out what’s new. The Feel the Yarn competition was very interesting.