Stay tuned for an extensive coverage of Pitti Uomo 84, filled with collection previews and street style!
As I mentioned before, the roundup I put together is but a small sample of all the amazing labels showing at Pitti Uomo. Furthermore, the city itself is filled with outstanding stores and events definitely worth visiting, some housing menswear icons such as Mr. Simone Righi for instance. I can’t help to feel excited to once again be present at what might be considered the ultimate menswear haven.Since preparations are on the way and it’s not possible for me to list all the brands I’m looking forward to see, I invite you to stay tuned for my daily coverage of collections and street style!
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Meltin’ Pot AW13 Preview, Firenze
Although during Pitti all the attentions are mainly focused on the Fortezza itself, the truth is Firenze becomes stage for numerous parties, cocktails, showrooms and previews. After the fair closes its doors, there’s still a lot of activity going on scattered throughout the city center that’s worth taking a closer look: that was just the case with the Meltin’ Pot showroom…
Set in a unique “Wild Wild West meets underground punk gothic” scenario, Meltin’ Pot presented its AW13 collection resorting to a healthy dose of revivalism, through creative director Leopoldo Durante’s re-editions of some of the most renowned models. Inspired by over 19 years of historical archives, the result is a mind blowing array of options focused on details, fit and versatility - fully reversible two colorway versions, pipe stitching, special washes and finishings, unique fabrics, the works. See the wooly pants on the bottom pic? They’re actually made from heavily brushed denim giving it that soft texture and feel: brilliant…
To top it off (pun intended), beautiful earthy toned knits with plays on texture and a selection of jackets ranging from fitted wool peacoats to lightweight waterproof technical parkas.
Store Info: Frasi, Firenze
Before leaving to Firenze a few weeks ago, I had already noted a few essential places I couldn’t miss this time around. Among the selection of stores, restaurants and others, one of them instantly rose to the top of the list: Frasi - the menswear haven run by none other than Mr. Simone Righi.
Unless you’ve been dead to the menswear scene for some time now, it’s likely you’ve come across Mr. Righi’s superb sense of style and proportion in street style blogs, magazines or websites. Simply put, he’s one of the best dressed men out there, a style icon Mr. Schuman and others made popular through their camera lenses…
Luckily for every menswear aficionado, Mr. Righi’s know-how and impeccable taste is brought to life through an iconic store which transpires his attention to detail. When you’re greeted by someone as sharp as him, you instantly know you’re in the right place to purchase a couple of outstandingly tailored garments. The best part? He’s there for you: getting hands down with styling and fitting, sharing his invaluable skills and contagious good mood to make you feel at home and looking your absolute best. Standing there, watching him work, is seeing art come to life while his presence completely absorbs you from the surrounding environment.
It’s only after a few moments that I snap back to reality, a faded background buzz giving place to a jazz soundtrack that’s a perfect fit for the overall mood…and then, “Simo” as his staff calls him, is suddenly dancing to the tune while styling a look in earthy tones. I’m surrounded by amazing garments that seamlessly blend into the store’s atmosphere, decorated with Mr. Righi’s own oil paintings, tailoring books and vintage photos…This is about more than tailored shirts, suits, blazers and luxurious shoes and accessories; it’s an experience, and one definitely worth living.
Via de’ Federighi 7R, 50123 Firenze