Twice a year we see men's Instagram accounts explode with images of the Peacocks of Pitti sporting the latest trends and the best men's tailored suits. This June, our very own purveyor of style and Carl Navè aficionado Sam Wines attended the biggest men's fashion fare on the planet. We decided to sit down with Sam and have a chat about his Pitti experience:
CN: Is this your first time to Pitti and what inspired you to go?
SW: Pitti Uomo is without a doubt the greatest menswear events on the calendar bar none, so naturally I have always wanted to attend! For me it was about being exposed to mens fashion outside the 'Australian bubble'. I wanted to develop a deeper understanding about menswear on a global level and see what the best brands had to offer. Another reason I wanted to attend was to seek inspiration from the droves of imaculately dressed men and women who attended. Honestly, the four days that I attended have done more for my taste and appreciation in fashion than the last four years!
CN: What was the vibe and feel in Florence like during this time?
SW: Florence was busy and bustling as per usual, tourists flock there in droves during the European summer and this year was no exception! The beauty of Italy, and especially Florence, is that most men do dress exceptionally well, so I never felt out of place walking through the streets in either of the bold ensembles you tailored for me for Pitti. Luckily Pitti is held in an old fortress just out of the main city precinct, so it was pretty quiet and easy to get around, until you head inside that is.
CN: How did you feel being a part of it all?
SW: Absolutely amazing, even though it was smack bang in the middle of a heatwave, it was such an unforgettable experience! It's quite a surreal feeling seeing all the current style icons in one place, especially seeing them all along the Pitti wall.
CN: Can you highlight any men’s trends that excited you?
SW: 2018 sparked the return of vintage styles and cuts with a clear temporary twist. That and many of the big fashion houses are taking a more casual approach to tailoring, Brunello Cucinelli and Lardini were definitely at the forefront of both of these trends.
CN: It looks like you met a lot people and some big names too, can you share an interesting experiences?
SW: During the week I was lucky enough to meet many of the world renound Italian bloggers such as Danilo Carnivale and Frank Gallucci to name a few. I also had a private tour of the MontBlanc leathergoods factory and was lucky enough to get an invite to the exclusive Peroni x GQ dinner that was held in the Tuscan mountains overlooking Florence. Both of which were once in a lifetime experiences from which I am still pinching myself that they even happens!
CN: Has Pitti Uomo changed the way you see men’s fashion in Australia?
SW: In typical Australian fashion I'll say both yes and no. It has changed the way I personally view fashion in Australia and has made me more confident to wear whatever I want back at home without worrying about judgement. That being said, Walking around Pitti only reaffirmed my beliefs that. Australia is a few years behind the global market. That being said, Australia was the host nation this year and many of the brands on display were up and coming and have been doing well internationally.
CN: Do you have any style tips or advice for Aussie men?
SW: The 'Aussie' culture up until recently hasn't exactly been the most encouraging when it comes to expressing ones personal flair with clothing. Most Aussie blokes are pretty conservative and as a result, I feel many brands follow suit. Fortunately now more than ever our culture is embracing the whole look good, feel good do good ethos and as a result, men are starting to care more about what they look like and how they present themselves. So I would say to any Aussie bloke on the fence, caring about your appearance can't get much more fashionable than what it is right now! Express yourself and show your individuality through the way you dress, experiment with things and most importantly, find your own sense of style that you feel most comfortable with.
Here are some great photos of Sam taken on the streets of Florence in and around the Fortezza da Basso and the Pitti Palace where Pitti Uomo is held. Sam wears a mint green Linen and Silk Sports Jacket with tan Tailored Chinos and white Linen Shirt. In the accompanying photos Sam also wears a stunning white Pure Linen Double Breasted Suit with baby blue Linen Shirt and Silk Knit Tie. Both ensembles were created especially for Sam with the Tuscan sun in mind. Linen and cotton suiting is the perfect option of a relaxed summer elegance. Photos courtesy of Marroni Photo and Back Street by India.