UK menswear brands to watch at Pitti Uomo 96
Almost 100 UK menswear and accessories brands are showcasing their spring 20 collections at the 96th edition of Pitti Uomo at the Fortezza da Basso, which starts today. 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 new–generation made in England coat brand, a luxury swim and resort wear collection and a directional knitwear range.
Established names in the UK line-up for spring 20 season include Barbour, Barker England, Begg & Co, Belstaff Originals, Ben Sherman, Cheaney Shoes, Crockett & Jones, Dents, Derek Rose, Drake’s, Edward Green, Gloverall, Grenfell, Grenson, Harris Wharf London, John Smedley, Johnston’s of Elgin, Kangol, Lavenham, Loake, Oliver Spencer, Raeburn, Sunspel, Tricker’s, Tyler & Tyler 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).
1X1 STUDIO is a contemporary menswear label celebrating a joint direction of culturally influenced designs, specialised in creative knitting techniques and craftsmanship. The brand infuses its structural designs with an exquisite touch of detail by continuously experimenting and exploration 3D textures and crafting techniques. The collection is a blended vision in knitted and woven apparels with a sense of twist from formal to casual with a subtle playfulness where the collection can serve an all-occasion ready-to-wear style.
Designs are produced in the UK featuring high-quality authentic and sustainable materials from Italy, England and Japan. The designers are keen to push the boundaries of knitted and woven designs to include various possibilities and visions within menswear market.
The vision of London-Born, Ghana-raised Alexandra Cipriani, Arcminute is focused on world culture, travel and community. Inspired by local life and its surroundings from lesser known towns, villages and markets from across the globe. Giving platforms for emerging art, crafts and sound to grow putting inspiring people and places on the map.
Baudoin & Lange
Baudoin & Lange designs and manufactures luxurious modern footwear. Originating from the world of English and French bespoke shoemaking, the brand is driven by a passion for craft and elegance, aiming to raise the level of comfort and quality in modern shoes. At Baudoin & Lange two generations of craftsmen collide with a common passion for handmade shoemaking.
Knowledge is handed over from one generation to the next, carrying history and substance. In exchange, a promise to respect, transmit and revive the craft that binds them together.
Leather is wrapped around wooden lasts, insoles carefully sliced by hand, and structure kept together with the aid of antique instruments.
Traditional shoemaking techniques are combined to the newest technology-driven processes to bring out the best of old and new.
Practical and beautiful Italian leather laptop bags, backpacks and umbrellas for men and for women. Each Bucklesbury bag is designed in Britain to be a classic and timeless investment piece that transcends season and fashion, and is then handmade in Italy by highly skilled craftsmen who use traditional techniques that combine artisan with artistry to enhance the unique beauty of every item.
The Cambridge Satchel Company
Established in 2008, The Cambridge Satchel Company’s very first satchel was inspired by traditional British, leather schoolbags from years gone by. The brand still make satchels but its collection now includes large and small bags and accessories in lots of sizes and styles with many inspired by bags from the past. From day one, British manufacturing and craftsmanship has been very important to the company and all its products are made from 100% leather and handmade in Great Britain.
The Crombie story begans over 200 years ago, in the year of the epic Battle of Trafalgar. It was at this time that John Crombie – son to a family of Scottish weavers – established his first woollen mill at Cothal Mills in Aberdeen. Crombie remains an iconic British brand, trusted worldwide for the quality of its products and the timeless elegance of its designs.
Crombie continues to source only the finest raw materials to make its luxury products. To this day, the majority of fabrics used in its coats are milled in England and Scotland (otherwise in Italy). Likewise, 80% of its accessories are “Made in England”, from five-fold silk ties hand rolled by English craftsmen, all the way up to handmade classic fur felt hats.
Foster & Son
Foster & Son’s Jermyn Street Workshop is where the very finest English shoes are handcrafted, right over the shop, together with top quality cases, luggage, wallets and other handcrafted leather goods renowned for their uncompromising quality and long life.
A privately owned company with 179 years of continuous tradition, the company is one of the oldest-established custom shoe and bootmakers in the World, with a reputation for refined “West End” style shoemaking.
Its skilled team of craftsmen and women practice their craft using techniques unchanged for two centuries. The results are individual pieces made to the Customer’s requirements and the finest of them stand as true works of Art.
Luxury British menswear, impeccably crafted and exquisitely designed for the modern globetrotter. Proudly made in London. Hemingsworth is the established label for lovers of quality English made fashion that’s impeccably crafted and exquisitely designed. Born out of the desire to set new standards in modern luxury tailored men’s attire, one that reflects the brand’s core value of uncompromisable English quality. This philosophy is built into every piece Hemingsworth makes, inspiring the brand to make the most comfortable, stylish & luxurious garments a man would want to wear all day.
Founded by the internationally renowned tailor Nick Holland in 2001, Holland Esquire pairs the traditional outfitting of an English country gent with the wry style of the modern man-about-town.
Hard-won artisanal craft is given a new lease of life through Nick’s contemporary approach to design: rugged Scottish tweeds and grey felted wool are cut sharply, fused to unexpected details. A contrasting scarlet thread here. A flash of paisley patterning there.
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 the brand provides 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’.
The Kirk legacy dates back to 1919 when the first frames were created in London and the discovery of a trunk full of original frames in the Kirk archive back in the early nineties inspired the launch of Kirk Originals, the first sunglasses brand to look back to classic 1950s and 1960s shapes for inspiration, re-inventing them in modern materials and silhouettes. These edgy, vintage sunglasses became an overnight success amongst London’s the movers and shakers on the London music, club and style scenes.
Returning to its position as the Sunglasses brand that re-invented vintage shapes for a modern stylish audience we have now combined this with a strong architectural view and graphic eye. Retaining our London style, Kirk Originals frames are designed in London and handcrafted in England, and Europe.
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 brands signature waxed cotton prints. Lamler is a family name originating from Switzerland.
Luxury men’s and boy’s swimwear and resort wear: unique printed swim shorts and printed linen shirts on a mission to help save endangered species and their habitats.
Mandkhai Jargalsaikhan is the Mongolian designer behind her eponymous knitwear brand which focuses on challenging the current perceptions of cashmere. Born to entrepreneurial pioneers who were the very first to set up a business in post Communist Mongolia – a cashmere factory – Mandkhai has truly unique and exceptional provenance.
Modern classics. Marcus De shoes are designed in London, handmade by Artisans in England and worn all over the world.
RH45 is a British brand known for its original prints, luxury fabrics and artistic embellishments. Manufacturing is based in Milan with a focus on ensuring each piece is beautifully crafted and exceptionally fitted. The fabrics and treatments are deep and multi layered creating unique combination of eccentricity and extravagance in every garment.
The Workers Club TWC
Proud to buck the trend, The Workers Club is focused on creating a unified collection of seasonless garments that stand the test of time. In their quest to create the ultimate wardrobe, TWC believe in longevity beyond transient fashion trends. Instead, they are inspired by their own customer and seek to create a considered range that adapts to modern living. Each garment is engineered with integrity, passion and performance. The TWC handwriting is impeccable quality and craftsmanship; the kind found at the hands of a luxury fashion brand. In fact, The Workers Club is a lifestyle brand in spirit, driven by a passion for well-made, can’t-live-without essentials, be that selvedge denim or woollen socks.
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, shoes are brilliantly unconventional and beautifully unique – just like the men who wear them.
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.