Pitti Filati 82: exhibitors' point of view

Masaru Hasegawa, President of the Hasegawa Corporation:
It was a good show. For us, Pitti Filati offers an important opportunity to meet our European clients, especially our Italian, French and German clients who are otherwise difficult to reach. Excellent organization.
Fiona Colquhoun, Design Director Fiona Colquhoun, London:
Pitti Filati is a meeting point for everyone involved in the knitwear sector. I made several contacts at this show again and I’m very satisfied!
R. Peter Ackroyd, Global Strategic Advisor The Woolmark Company:
It was a very positive show, featuring the spring/summer 2019 collections with a strong demand for fine wool mixed with hemp, silk and linen, and for merino wool, which is increasingly being used in sportswear. Pitti Filati is a fair that can attract buyers from all markets as well as the most important professionals in the sector. For us it’s an essential appointment!
Lincoln Germanetti, Managing Director Tollegno 1900:
We were very satisfied with this show, even though our core business is in wool and the winter collections are presented at the June show. We met people we already knew but also some new entries. 70% of our clients are from abroad, divided equally between America, Europe and Japan, and we observed the same presence in buyers.
Stefano Borsini, Managing Director Igea:
Pitti Filati is the number one fair in the world, the leading show for high quality yarns, and it is host to a very select clientele: that’s why we’re all keen to take part. I really liked the Research Space, which, as always, offered lots of ideas and suggestions, and Feel The Yarn. The organization was impeccable, as always.
Paolo Todisco, Managing Director Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia:
The fair always represents an opportunity to meet our clients. And I was very satisfied by this edition too. We work with fifty different countries and here at the fair we can meet buyers from all over the world. Pitti Filati has always been and continues to be an essential appointment for us.
Christian Sharples, Sales Manager Acorn, Nottingham:
I’ve been coming to Pitti Filati for many years. Our company is involved in knitwear and embroidery and for us the show is an unmissable event!
Marco Marzoli, Managing Director Filmar:
This is the most important show: we focus a lot on the summer collection and we were very satisfied by the numbers of visitors to our stand. We met Italian and international buyers from Japan to Canada to Russia, and also the Nordic countries which is a market we’re very interested in. Pitti Filati is the leading show for the sector and we’ve been attending for over twenty years! The research area was wonderful: Angelo Figus and Nicola Miller always do an excellent job.
Pier Giovanni Vitalini, owner Forza Giovane Art:
Pitti Filati is a key fair and it’s important for us to be here. This show went well and I was very happy with it: I’ve been coming for many years and I certainly won’t miss the next seasons’ shows!
Alessandro Teodori, owner of the Teodori knitwear factory:
I’ve been coming since 1988, so I can say that I was one of the first exhibitors to benefit from Pitti Filati! I really liked the way this show was arranged and I’m happy that more importance has been given to the Knitclub section. I really value that section because I think it’s important for designers to understand how to use the yarns and to see the possible interpretations. I’ve made contacts at this edition of the show, too, and I think it’s got the right spirit and is the right kind of show. Different designers from the knitwear world came by our stand and some interesting relationships have definitely been initiated.
Piero Scauzilli, Brand Manager Arteviva:
I’ve been coming to Pitti Filati for six years, and we’ve seen a select group of clients and a high visitor target at this edition, too.
Loreto di Rienzo, R&D Director Dyloan Studio:
For this show we created seven different stories linked to sustainability and I must say that they were all quite successful! Each project had very specific content: the supporting elements involved in sustainability are not always visible but I liked the fact that the clients didn’t just observe but really wanted to get to grips with the issue, which is a clear signal that the topic is drawing attention. There’s a long way to go but the fact that not everything has already been said on the subject offers potential margins for growth and development. Making a fashionable piece from sustainable materials works, and sparks people’s interest.
Alda Santini, owner of the Alda Santini knitwear factory, Prato:

This show went really well! We met an interesting mix of Russian and American buyers and received a lot of requests. I liked the Knitclub section very much and we created an exhibition in line with the trends shown in the Research Space, which I think people really liked. We are one of the few knitwear manufacturers who make our own samples and the fair is a good guarantee of visibility. The organization was perfect.