Pitti Imagine Uomo 77, one of the world's leading menswear trade shows, kicks off next week and I am not going to be there as I am not yet permitted to travel. That throws a couple weeks of posting up in the air, sets back the development of the ASW store, and defers a number of fittings for a month. It is quite a disappointment.
Pitti of course is an opportunity to see in one place 742 menswear makers that one would otherwise have to travel thousands of miles to visit. From knitwear weavers to shoemakers, the world shows its stuff in Florence. And many companies that do not exhibit, from Simonnot-Godard to trousermaker Salvatore Ambrosi, are in town as well.
The cancellation of the trip also means there will be no fittings at Cleverley or W. S. Foster in London, where slip-on shoes await. A litany of desired covert coat changes will have to be delivered to Peter Harvey by courier instead of in person. And the first fitting of a navy hopsack blazer at Henry Poole will have to be postponed.
The only ray of sunshine in all this is that the European weather does not seem to be the best, with one of my correspondents reporting that she was unable to commute to her office in London today due to the snow. So perhaps waiting a few weeks is for the best. And the Spring/Summer version of the show will arrive in June.
Nonetheless, it is such a Pitti.
Photo: Pitti Imagine Uomo