Buyers Select:
Polat Uyal
Edition 100
Buyers Select focuses on key buyers, who share their favorite pieces from Pitti Connect brands.

Turkish fashion expert Polat Uyal has played a pivotal role in the growth and evolution of the established luxury group Beymen’s Menswear department ever since joining the company following his graduation from Ankara’s Bilkent University, in 1995. Progressively climbing the internal ladder, he was appointed Chief Merchandising Officer of the Beymen and Boyner Group in 2017.

An important player in the merger and curation of international brands for the Turkish market, Uyal is a resolute fan of timeless, high-quality pieces whilst also actively seeking to encourage menswear design - an area often previously deemed too predictable - to take creative risks. 
We speak with the established buyer, who gives us a breakdown of his 10 favorite pieces from this year’s Pitti Connect brand selection.

Italian heritage luggage and leather goods brand FPM offers an unmatched harmony of design and functionality, by combining technological innovation with the artisan nature of Italian manufacturing. I’m a fan of the Bank suitcases in particular -- they are inspired by vintage trunks, but revised with a modern spin. It’s one of the brand’s most evocative products.

Stetsons’ legendary staple, the Open Road straw hat offers a timeless blend of urban style and Western tradition.

Great classical ideals inspire a timeless tale.
Brunello Cucinelli’s virgin wool and cashmere lightweight sweatshirt-style zipped cardigan with contrast stitching strikes as having the perfect balance between tradition, creativity, and beauty.

Their new collection reworks all the classic menswear items -- especially in military-influenced designs such as field jackets, and utility shirts. Updating the basics with a sophisticated twist was another important evolution in the collection. A refined look has been achieved with very specific choices of fabrics, fits, and colors.

Clarks Originals’ cult Wallabee model in white chalky suede is my most desired piece of this collection. It’s timeless, and the unique chalk effect suede perfectly teams up with the crepe outsole.

“An emphasis on high-quality fabrics and timeless cuts, never compromised but always accessible’’ perfectly sums up Harris Wharf London’s vision. The minimalist blouson in khaki lightweight cotton nylon is a perfect investment for a timeless piece.

Iconic French shoemaker Paraboot’s Micka Velours Mousse rubber sole model stands for men who value craftsmanship, reliability, and comfort. A genuine original classic.

C.P Company continues to deliver thoughtfully designed outerwear, and classic athletic base layers -- all whilst coherently expanding on a truly exceptional heritage. As it celebrates its 50th birthday this year, its iconic black google jacket takes the cake.

Inspired by the style of the Caribbean houses and island life, MC2 Saint Barth combines elegance and refinement. In my view, the Bandana Mood swimsuit collection is the most eye-catching of all collections.

Premium performance footwear brand Hoka One One’s Clifton 8 model is perfect balance of cushioning & lightness .
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