Great research, creativity and very high quality: a dynamic edition of Pitti Filati at the Fortezza da Basso, characterized by confidence and optimism for the best international yarn manufacturers.

Pitti Filati 82: closing figures

An increase in foreign attendance with very good results for France, United States, Switzerland, Russia, Netherlands, China and South Korea; a slight drop for Italy.

The 82nd edition of Pitti Filati (24-26 January 2018) came to an end at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence amidst an atmosphere of excitement and positivity among the stands: with buyers arriving from over 50 foreign countries intent on discovering the new ideas, research and latest trends expressed in the collections of the protagonist yarn manufacturers and preparing sample collections for the next 2019 summer season.  
The final attendance figures for this edition registered a small but significant growth in foreign buyers - around 1% - for a total which widely exceeded 1,800; however, there was a slight drop in the number of Italian buyers of almost -2%.
Overall the fair once again welcomed in the region of 4,350 buyers in total, equaling the high levels achieved a year ago (an edition which saw growth of +2.5%).
With regard to the reference foreign markets there were increased performances for France (+5%), United States (+18%), Switzerland (+10%), Russia (+8% in terms of the number of companies), Netherlands (+5%), and for markets in the Far East like China, Hong Kong and South Korea; the numbers were down for United Kingdom, Germany and Turkey.
“Pitti Filati has once again launched a positive message for the Italian and international yarn industry par excellence” says Raffaello Napoleone, CEO of Pitti Immagine.  “We witnessed three days of intense activity with very positive feedback for the new collections and the high level of experimentation presented by the yarn manufacturers – based on sustainability, performing yarns and creativity pushed to the limit – to an extremely qualified public of designers, style offices and members of the trade.  We also noted a high level of appreciation for the sections offering services to the market (KnitClub and Fashion at Work) and for the new Spazio Ricerca RAW curated by Angelo Figus and Nicola Miller, which everyone agreed was exciting, informative and imaginative.  We ended this edition with great optimism and our expectations are already high for next June’s Pitti Filati”. 
United Kingdom once again led the ranking of the top 15 reference countries (with 221 buyers), followed by France (202), Germany (204), United States (129), Switzerland (90), Spain (79), Russia (76), Turkey (76), Japan (70), Netherlands (61), China (57), Belgium (35), Sweden (28), South Korea (25) and Hong Kong (24).
There were also positive attendance figures for Vintage Selection, the fair-event dedicated to vintage fashion that ended yesterday at the Stazione Leopolda and which has become a reference point for research into archive fashion also for the public of designers and style office representatives attending Pitti Filati.