Buyers Select focuses on key buyers, who share their ten favourite pieces from Pitti Connect brands.
A respected voice in the fashion industry, Justin Berkowitz is the Men’s Fashion Director at luxury department store Bloomingdale’s. With a strong understanding of personal style, Berkowitz identifies the stories and trends of each season, translating them into seasonal retail concepts.
From selecting merchandise for marketing exposures to collaborating with visual on pop-up’s, Berkowitz ensures Bloomingdale's menswear vision is consistent across all channels.
We spoke to the Columbia University graduate with a background in journalism, as he broke down his 10 favorite pieces from Pitti brands.
An idea we're loving for the fall 21 season is the nod we're seeing many designers make to Americana, collegiate styling, and ivy league tradition. I love Baracuta's update to their iconic jacket in these rich corduroys. They feel young and fresh, especially when styled back to the novelty knitwear seen in the lookbook.
Cucinell's color palette this season was a new turn for the Italian luxury house. While traditionally rooted in warmer tones, the updates of winter white paired back to cool and icier greys feel unexpected yet fresh. They bring to mind the feel of a chilly winter morning, which is exactly the time you'd want to pull out this light-filled white ribbed knit cardigan.
Brand founder Massimo Osti is the veritable legend in the industry and his first brand, CP Company, is finding a new place in the landscape with a streetwear-oriented customer. I love that their tracery jacket both nods to Osti's influence with its fabric printing technique while also having just the right amount of edge to feel customer-right.
Caruso's relatively new creative director, Aldo Maria Camilo, is infusing a slightly more modern sensibility to the tailoring house's collection, and I am fan of what he's been doing, especially with suede interpretations of the chore jacket. This look re-imagines elevated sartorial dressing and feels polished.
I’m personally a longtime fan of Clark's iconic Wallabee silhouette and wear mine with light wash jeans or white pants, year-round. I'm loving their update with tonal color-blocking and the ankle stitching detail.
Herno's technical expertise, as evidenced in their Laminar collection, is rather singular in the luxury outerwear space. Typically water and wind resistant, and featuring Gore-Tex, the pieces are incredibly functional, while also quite stylish. I love their take on camo for the season in the short puffer, as it's well suited for both a Saturday stroll in the city and a more adventurous hike in the mountains.
Best known for the oversized midsoles used on running shoes, which I will personally vouch for their comfort, Hoka One One has been inserting themselves more into the fashion conversation lately. Combining the best of their technology and a sophisticated color palette, this hiking boot serves up both strong functionality and great style.
The ultra-modern extension of the legacy Neapolitan tailoring house Kiton is focused on a more urbane sensibility. The house's dedication to fabric development is exemplary and well used in this modern tailoring look.
The heritage footwear maker is having a bit of moment stateside, with some major collaborations that have introduced the brand to a new consumer. I love this take on their classic silhouette in the rich brown tone with a slightly exaggerated silhouette.
Harris Wharf's outerwear styles are instantly recognizable due to their raw edge detail on the lapel, and have earned something of a cult status. With their soft constructions and tactile fabrications, they are a great transitional piece that works well in both sophisticated and casual looks.