PITTI FILATI 80: EXHIBITORS' POINT OF VIEW

Paola Rossi, Marketing Manager at Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia:
This edition went well, we registered the same numbers as last year, mainly American and Japanese clients, as well as European. We work a lot by appointment. As of this year, the three brands Zegna Baruffa, Chiavazza and Botto Poala have merged to form a single company and with these three different product lines we cover the entire market range, still starting from a medium/high level. Zegna Baruffa is the only spinning mill in Italy that has a complete cycle; we produce everything in-house and are an example of Italian excellence in the manufacturing sector.
 
Federico Gualtieri, Vice President of Filpucci:
Pitti Filati is still the most important show for the knitting sector. I was pleased with this edition, which went well; all our important clients came to visit us.
 
Alessandro Bastagli, President of Lineapiù:
The fair went really well. We had ten workstations open on our stand presenting our sample range and we never stopped the whole time. The collections got good feedback and interesting choices were made at the fair. Same attendance as last year, a truly good result.
 
Simone Parlamento, Sales Manager at Di.Vè Biella:
This edition went well. We saw more or less the same attendance as last year, but I noticed that the clientele was better selected, more interested and proactive. Lots of American and Russian buyers. I’m pleased with the results.
 
Stefano Borsini, Chief Executive Officer at Igea, Prato:
The edition showcasing the summer collection isn't as busy as the winter fair, but we registered good attendance. Clients were very interested and spoke well of the Spazio Ricerca, which I unfortunately didn’t manage to visit due to lack of time, but I know that this project is ticking all its boxes. We work throughout Europe, the United States, China, Japan and South Korea and we met buyers from all these countries, together with company owners and designers from the biggest Italian brands. Excellent organisation… I’ve always been a big Pitti fan!
 
Francesco Lucchesi, Director General of Industria Italiana Filati, Prato:
My impressions? A very lively fair. We saw the same attendance by Italian buyers and an increase in their foreign counterparts. What is changing is the quality of clients, which is improving with more truly interested professionals. The Pitti Immagine incoming project is very important and is bringing good results.
 
Stefano Salvaneschi, President of Iafil Industria Ambrosiana Filati, Milan:
A satisfying edition, perfectly in line with results from previous years. We had both Italian and international visitors, from all over Europe, the United States and bigger numbers from Japan. Pitti Filati is an extraordinary showcase and an excellent promo tool: during the three days of the fair alone we registered 400 presentations of our sample range. The clientele is selected and interested.
 
Tomaso Tomaselli, Sales Manager at Spoerry 1866, Flums, Switzerland:
This is our first Pitti Filati. We decided to take part to gain greater visibility on the market of rectilinear knits and dyed yarns, a new project for our historic company. Pitti Filati is the world's most important showcase for the knitting sector; we have followed it indirectly for years and this time we decided to take part with a stand of our own. A trial that brought big results, which we will be repeating next year with a bigger stand!
 
Francesco Magri, Country Manager Italy and Spain, The Woolmark Company:
At this edition of Pitti Filati we saw greater attendance. We also saw increased numbers of people on the stand, a very positive result considering that we were showing the spring/summer collections in wool that usually attract less interest than the winter collections. Pitti Filati is a must-visit for all fashion sector operators and it is also the first fair showcasing trends for upcoming seasons. Organisation is impeccable, decidedly user-friendly and supportive.
 
Nobuyuki Sasamoto, President of Shima Seiki Italia, Milan:
Pitti Filati is the most important fair of the year for us! As producers of textile machines, here we get a chance to meet the spinning mills, create samples and get immediate feedback. Even the kind of clientele was important and as always very focused: most were Italian but we also had many French, English, American and Chinese visitors. The collections shown on our stand, produced by two knitting mills on our machinery, were very popular. Even the Knitclub section is very important and it created good connections with the companies taking part. Pitti Filati offers a complete overview, which ranges from yarns to their possible treatments through to washes.
 
Elena Conti, Sales Director for Bramante – Supermaglia, Arezzo:
This is the second time we have taken part in Pitti Filati and considering it was the summer yarn edition it went really well! We saw good attendance by Russian and Spanish clients, plus those from the English and German markets whom we normally work with. The Spazio Ricerca is great—always an excellent source of inspiration!
 
Tiziano Boscarini, Maglieria Gemma, Milan:
Ours is a historic company; we have been working with big labels and the Japanese market for over 30 years. We have recently undergone evolution and decided to give our knitwear even more visibility: this is why we decided to take part in Pitti Filati. This fair is an excellent chance for meeting companies and sector operators from all over the world.
 
Mariangela Bortoli, Sales Office at Ugolini:

Why are we at Pitti Filati? We like to experiment and… We jumped right in! It was a trial and it went really well, exceeding our expectations. Even if we produce machinery for textile dyeing, lots of our clients show here and it is important to meet them here. We mainly deal with the Indian, Asian and South American markets, but we have also set up relationships with clients from Turkey and the Balkans. New markets in other words… We are very pleased!