PITTI FILATI 79: EXHIBITORS' POINT OF VIEW!

CARIAGGI, CRISTIANA CARIAGGI, Director
A successful show: we introduced several new developments, which were well-received by our customers. Pitti Filati is held at the perfect time of the year, when we are all ready with new offerings and ideas, which is exactly what our business is about. Our regular customers provide us with a lot of interesting ideas and we can “adjust our aim” at the time of purchasing, but the Cariaggi identity is always the same. Pitti Filati shows clearly what the customers want: stimuli, quality and speed. We have noticed a preference for “substance” and a higher attendance from Italy, United States, Japan, Korea and China.
 
Z. HINCHLIFFE & SONS, GRAHAM A. WILBY, Director
A successful show. What really counts is the quality of buyers and here at the Fortezza we have found a lot of professional competence and interest. Italy, England, Japan and the Far East are the most interesting markets for us. Customers are mostly interested in our stock service, for fast service is one of today’s buyers’ primary requirements. Of course, we have attracted a lot of attention after the Brexit, but nothing has changed for the time being.
 
SAFIL/SÜDWOLLE GROUP, KLAUS STEGER, Managing Director
We are very pleased with the show: on the first day, we’ve had nearly as many visitors as those we saw over three days last time. The joining of Safil and Sudwolle was well-received by our customers, who feel supported by a group that has a lot to offer by putting the strengths and skills of top-quality companies together. A real synergy which will prove to be very productive. Our group relies on customer retention, that is why it is so important for us to take part in Pitti Filati. It puts us in direct contact  with a lot of people in very few days.
 
LINEAPIÙ ITALIA, LOLA COPPINI, Manager
A successful show: we met with both Italian and foreign top buyers, which proves once again that Pitti Filati is the most important show in the industry. Besides the agents from various countries, besides the branches in other parts of the world, the atmosphere here is stimulating and the chance it offers to meet with other people is unique. We met with all our regular customers, but we have also established some new contacts. As far as products are concerned, our new fancy yarns met with great interest.
 
IGEA, STEFANO BORSINI, President
A large attendance from the very start of this summer show. A lot of foreigners, especially Asians, from Korea, Hong Kong, China and Japan. A lot of Italians too, which is a very good sign.  Our offerings met with great  interest, in particular, the fancy mohair yarns, but also the women’s alpaca yarns with a soft handle. Our products are targeted at high-end customers, just like Pitti Filati is. Those who come to the Fortezza know that they are going to find highly-creative offerings, which do not come cheap. I agree with Pitti Immagine’s choice to keep quality level high.
 
FILPUCCI, Federico Gualtieri, Managing Director
The show did well, in particular, on the first day, which is usually the less busy one. The markets’ economic situation is still quite difficult: the luxury market is not growing as fast as we expected, while the middle segment is growing, volumes are higher but prices are lower. Nonetheless, we have a positive turnover growth and we go on believing in Pitti Filati’s strength as a communication tool. As a matter of fact, we had a new stand at this show, as further evidence of our determination to be here.
 
KNITCLUB Area:
 
BURNS & FACTORY, MASAAKI OKAMURA, Italia Sales Manager
This is our second time at Pitti Filati and we are very pleased. The summer show is the one we are particularly interested in, as we do more business with the winter collections. The reason we take part in the show is that our goal is to work by subcontracting to other businesses and we are very happy because we found come interesting brands willing to produce in Japan through us.
 
ELSA CARLANI, ALESSIA ARAMINELLI, Owner
This is our third time at Pitti Filati and we have seen a lot of visitors. We are really pleased with the people we met: professional and seriously interested in our products. We also appreciated seeing start-ups looking for new business opportunities, which is a sign of the market’s liveliness. I really enjoyed the Knitclub: it is very helpful for visitors who find all the producers gathered in the same area, but also for the exhibitors who have the chance to establish direct contacts with spinners.
 
FASHION AT WORK AREA:
 
SOPHIE STELLER, JAMES TINCKNELL, Managing Director
Our location was excellent, as well as the visitors we met with. In particular, we established new contacts with American and British customers, but we also saw all the markets we expected to find at the show in Florence. We like Pitti Filati because it offers a wide range of visitors and great attention to new designers. 
 
VINTAGE SELECTION AREA:
 
A.N.G.E.L.O., ANGELO CAROLI, Founder and Owner
Moving the Vintage Selection inside the Fortezza was an excellent idea. I got positive feedback from the visitors, 98% of whom were designers in search of inspiration from my archives. The vintage look is definitely still very trendy.
 
JULES E JIM, TOMMASO PAMPALONI, Founder and Owner
We have been taking part in Vintage Selection from the very beginning and we, as well as our customers, really enjoy the event. Our location in the Fortezza has attracted a higher number of experienced professionals rather than fashion lovers. A lot of Italians and foreigners, who bought nearly everything, perhaps less leather and more fabrics.
 
VINTAGE DELIRIUM, FRANCO JACASSI, Founder and Owner

The location of Vintage Selection inside the Fortezza is what made me decide to participate, because this time I was mostly interested in establishing contacts with designers. I achieved my goal and I met with American, British, Chinese and Spanish buyers. I’m very pleased with the results of the show.