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Great British menswear style at Pitti Uomo



New names to look out for at the 95th edition of Pitti Uomo

8th-11th January, Florence

British brands will be out in force at Pitti Uomo’s 95th edition at the Fortezza da Basso, which starts this week. Established labels will sit alongside emerging designers in a showcase that demonstrates the breadth and diversity of great British menswear style and design talent.

Some of the newest brands to Pitti are supported by UKFT and the Department of International Trade (DIT) and include a heritage footwear brand that opened the first Northampton factory in decades last year, alongside stylish gym bags, modern workwear classics, expressive knitwear and minimalist tailoring.

Established names in the UK line-up for autumn/winter 19 season include Barbour, Barker England, Begg & Co, Belstaff, Ben Sherman, Church’s Shoes, Clarks Originals, Cottweiler for Allegri, Drake’s, Gloverall, Hype, Jamieson’s of Shetland, John Smedley, Johnstons of England, Joshua Ellis, Lavenham, Loake, Oliver Spencer, Pringle of Scotland, Raeburn, Simon Carter, Sunspel, Superdry, Tateossian London, Tricker’s and Universal Works.

For the full British exhibitor list, please see the attachment above.

The UK group at Pitti Uomo is co-ordinated by UKFT and supported by the Department for International Trade (DIT). Exhibitors include:

  • 1 x 1 Studio

1X1 Studio is a contemporary and luxury menswear label from Yi-Ling and Tommy, who were classmates at London College of Fashion and spent time working with labels including Mary Katrantzou, Agi & Sam and Céline before launching their own label. The knitwear brand aims to push the boundaries of design in terms of craftsmanship, techniques and textures, featuring unusual materials such as recycled plastic, recycled paper and grosgrain ribbons.


  • Baudoin & Lange

Baudoin & Lange offers luxurious and über-comfortable loafers, fully handcrafted in its London ateliers. Versatility and comfort at its best, the leather and suede Belgian loafers are designed for summer holidays, evening wear, cold nights at home, or anytime you want to make a style statement.


  • Diego Vanassibara

Diego Vanassibara (DV) evokes his Brazilian heritage alongside his training at the UK’s Cordwainer’s college of footwear for a collection that juxtaposes urban scenes, with architecture and history, whilst retaining a firm foot in nature.

Through DV’s eyes, shoes become a modern and idiosyncratic blend of feelings and forms designed by a man who calls himself ‘a constrained maximalist’.


  • Foster & Son

Foster & Son is the leading bespoke shoe maker in London. Using traditional hand made wood lasts to make the finest bespoke shoes, the brand opened one of the first Northampton footwear factories in decades last year to expand ready-to-wear division, which will “fly the flag for Britain”.


  • Heimat

Heimat stands for traditional silhouettes interpreted for modern day living. Contemporary products that incorporate the German tradition for high quality. Products offered by Heimat are meant to be simple. The collection spans fisherman’s sweaters and deck hats, as well as traditional knot rope bracelets worn by sailors.


  • Immortal

Immortal is a concept clothing brand inspired by film, collaborating with like-minded designers to offer a curated collection of complementary products. Immortalised by a trilogy of knowledge, experience and skill in fashion, film and style, Immortal is fearless, spirited and expressive. Immortal has been created by Stuart Trevor, founder of AllSaints, global film producer Maggie Montieth and stylist Andy Blake.


  • JS Lee Man

Seoul-born designer Jackie JS Lee debuted her first menswear collection last year and will be building on its success for autumn/winter 19 at Pitti Uomo.

She describes the J.JS Lee Man as amodern gentleman: “he is considered with a sense of humour, he appreciates classic tailoring techniques updated with contemporary details to create an effortless look”. Expect a collection that features sleek and chic androgynous pieces in tailoring.


  • Jimbag

Born in Great Britain. Jimbag is a stylish fashion accessory that can be taken anywhere and everywhere for the modern man and woman. With functionality and style combined we provide you with styles that are great to transition from the office to the gym.

Jimbag blurs the line between work and play, and transitions them both together. With a ‘Jimbag’ you can have both. We all crave simple solutions that make our busy lifestyle easier with the least amount of fuss. These simple solutions also have to look good; after all, ‘Style is Everything’.


  • Lamler

Founded by Helen Plummer, Lamler is a new generation men’s country/city outerwear brand based in London and the North Devon coast. A combination of traditional British craftsmanship and relaxed luxury style, Lamler coats fuse understated individuality, with a work horse like durability. Influenced by contemporary art, street style sportswear, classic British luxury and a love of the ocean. All the coats are hand made in England including the brand’s signature waxed cotton prints. Lamler is a family name originating from Switzerland.

Lamler’s autumn/winter 19 men’s/unisex collection features more new patterns and colours, plus full unisex sizing.


  • Marcus De

Marcus De shoes are made using the highest quality materials and are left on the last for up to two weeks to ensure the leather or suede moulds into a superior shape and fit.

The brand encapsulates a spirit but never prescribes to a certain look, from iconic styles to reinterpreted classics, its shoes are loved by discerning people all over the world.

The firm is committed to sustainability and minimising its impact on the environment. Designed in London and worn all over the world, the collection offers re-interpreted classics with a modern twist.


  • Matteo Bigliardi

Italian-born menswear designer Matteo Bigliardi lives and works in Brighton, UK and launched his fashion label at London Fashion Week Men’s in June 2018.

His is a luxury brand for the romantics, gentle and vulnerable men, mixing elegant tailoring, exquisite fabrics and impeccable details. Influenced by his interest in subcultures, underground movements and techno, the collections, entirely made in Italy, are an expression of flair and individual style without being loud. Classics are reinterpreted to bend the rules of conservative menswear, challenging masculinities by infusing sensitivity, sensuality and vulnerability. Signature pieces are the outerwear and tailoring.


  • The Workers Club

Founded in 2015 by Adam and Charlotte Cameron, The Workers Club is the culmination of a combined thirty years of experience in luxury, heritage and high street fashion. The Workers Club stands for form and function in equilibrium, which is why they are fastidious about every stitch and detail, from the Swiss Riri zips to the 13oz denim sourced in Okayama.

Based in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, The Workers Club are purists when it comes to fabric, fit and construction. TWC have firmly established themselves as an antidote to fast fashion. Rather than working to a fashion-led calendar, they are dedicated to building an entire wardrobe for their customer; a collection of timeless essentials that reflect modern living.


  • Twisk

Twisk believes that shoes should never be average, design should always inspire, materials should speak volumes, and that shoes should be put in boxes, not people.

Designed by a British shoe designer and handmade by Italian master craftsmen, Twisk shoes are brilliantly unconventional and beautifully unique – just like the men who wear them.


  • Tyler & Tyler

With a family background in men’s accessories, Tyler & Tyler is aiming to shake-up the men’s fashion accessories market with a collection that reflects the founders’ passion for British design and keen eye to detail.

This unique collection features:  Cufflinks, Collar Stiffeners, Tie Pins, Tie Clips, Lapel Pins, Socks, Belts, Bow Ties, Ties, Pocket Squares, Leather Wallets, Leather Washbags, Leather Weekender Bags and Leather Messenger Bags.

Classic, stylish, contemporary, witty and sharp are words synonymous with the Tyler & Tyler brand.


  • Walker Slater

Scotland-based heritage tweed brand Walker Slater has a collection that caters for all tastes. Whether you prefer traditional fits, modern silhouettes, vintage chic or carelessly elegant casual, there’s something for everyone. Utilising an assortment of specially selected British tweeds including Harris, and linens, silks, cashmere and cottons, Walker Slater have designed popular wardrobe staples interspersed with one off pieces.

The Messrs collection has been designed with a sense of vibrant modernity—bright, light weight fabrics and sleek, fitted cuts work together to produce an optimistic range of suits, jackets, shirts, coats, footwear and knitwear designed to inspire and excite.


  • Workhouse England

Workhouse was born out of a renewed appreciation for the hidden beauty in old things.

Specialising in sartorial tailoring using British cloth, at the root of a Workhouse garment is the time and expertise that has been taken to master its fit. The brand’s pattern cutter trained at Huntsman on Savile Row and now relishes the process of craftsmanship, exploring which methods work for a particular design, how best to combine traditional methods and new.


Contact paul.alger@ukft.org for more information or follow the UKFT group on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/ukftorg/