Another super edition of Pitti Filati: more buyers from Italy and abroad came to the fair, with outstanding attendance from Germany, France, Japan and Russia, and good turnouts from the United States and the United Kingdom.

Pitti Filati 80: first closing figures

With lots of research and quality in the collections, the fair dedicated to the world’s best yarn mills has come to a close, sending a positive signal to the entire industry.

The 80th edition of Pitti Filati was filled with activity at the Fortezza da Basso, with buyers from all over the world busy discovering the novelties, the research and the new trends presented in the collections showcased by the best yarn mills – and ordering samples for the coming season.  
Pitti Filati has sent a message that is definitely positive for the international yarn industry”, says Raffaello Napoleone, CEO of Pitti Immagine. “At a time that is very complex for an industry that is dealing with the problems and uncertainties of the international scenario, the trade fair in Florence enjoyed three days of intense activity. We have received very positive feedback about the new collections, about the research that the outstanding Italian and foreign yarn mills presented to a qualified audience of designers, style bureaus and members of the trade.  We saw that the number of buyers – both foreign and Italian – increased, and we are happy to say that this growth trend has been ongoing for three consecutive editions”.     
The final figures tell us that more that 4,350 buyers came to the fair, that is a 2.5% increase over last year. Italian attendance rose by 3.5% and foreign buyer turnout also increase by 1%, exceeding 1,800 in absolute terms.
There was growth on the part of nearly all the foreign markets. The best performing markets were Germania (+6%), France (+8.5%), Japan (+23%), Russia (returned to excellent levels with a 70% increase in the number of buyers); the figures for buyers from the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Hong Kong and Turkey were more or less stable, while turnout from Spain and Holland decreased.

As to rankings among the top 15 foreign markets, the United Kingdom took the lead (271 buyers), followed by Germany (243), France (1192), United States (109), Spain (90), Turkey (86), Japan (84), Switzerland (82), Russia (76), Holland (69), Sweden (41), China (35), Denmark (31), Belgium (30) and Hong Kong (24).
Once again, comments on the new Spazio Ricerca were very positive. The Passenger – curated by fashion designer Angelo Figus and knitwear expert Nicola Miller  took visitors into a world of creative ideas and inputs linked to the theme of travel and travelers.