Personally, I don’t go to Pitti for any of that malarkey. My mission when in Florence is more akin to that of the gazillions of other tourists who visit this capital of Tuscany all year round: I’m here to see capital A-art and to digest locally produced, vertically distributed consumables of the highest caliber. To put it simply, I am here for the very reason Pitti started in the first place: Italian menswear.
Edgy fashions involving asymmetric pant shapes and radical manifestos might make for good copy, but they don’t half make you look a bit insecure when you actually wear the stuff. And as a stylist my job is to dress my roster of clients to look as successful as they are.
Nowhere else do you find as many examples of perfectly fashioned farm-to-table menswear brilliance that’s wearable in the real world as Pitti Uomo. Italians are known for innate, apparently effortless style, usually involving ‘sartorial’ prowess, sophisticated fabric, and fastidious taste. Here are the five houses whose work combines everything great about Italian menswear—call it the Nitty Gritty of Pitti—and whose garments are nailed on to make almost any man look like, if not a prince, then most certainly a grown-up.