A Pitti apologetic

Read MoreJan 21st 2015

 As soon as the storm troopers arrived, you knew it was all over.Things had looked bad on Wednesday, when half a dozen men in deer masks had stood around in the square, posing. The lycra suits that trooped through at midday were also pretty terribl...

A Pitti apologetic

 As soon as the storm troopers arrived, you knew it was all over.Things had looked bad on Wednesday, when half a dozen men in deer masks had stood around in the square, posing. The lycra suits that trooped through at midday were also pretty terribl...

Jan 21st 2015

A Pitti diary: The experience, the brands, the parties

Read MoreJun 19th 2019

Pitti is a long trade show: four full days, when most are usually three. As a result, by Friday everyone is exhausted, with selling, talking, and late dinners. Although it does depend on why you’re there. Most people fall into one of three groups: ...

A Pitti diary: The experience, the brands, the parties

Pitti is a long trade show: four full days, when most are usually three. As a result, by Friday everyone is exhausted, with selling, talking, and late dinners. Although it does depend on why you’re there. Most people fall into one of three groups: ...

Jun 19th 2019

Jamie's alternative Pitti picks

Read MoreJul 29th 2019

Jamie Ferguson (above), the photographer I’ve worked with over the past few years on Permanent Style, has a different style to me.  He gets tailoring, and wears tailoring, but he also wears more sportswear, more workwear, and experiments more. He ...

Jamie's alternative Pitti picks

Jamie Ferguson (above), the photographer I’ve worked with over the past few years on Permanent Style, has a different style to me.  He gets tailoring, and wears tailoring, but he also wears more sportswear, more workwear, and experiments more. He ...

Jul 29th 2019

Reflections on Pitti Uomo

Read MoreJan 13th 2012

Pitti is a beautifully set-out trade fair full of brands I love, exhibiting on often lovely stands. But it is still a trade fair.This is a place for sales and negotiation. Friends such as Mats at Trunk Clothiers, Will at A Suitable Wardrobe or Kirby ...

Reflections on Pitti Uomo

Pitti is a beautifully set-out trade fair full of brands I love, exhibiting on often lovely stands. But it is still a trade fair.This is a place for sales and negotiation. Friends such as Mats at Trunk Clothiers, Will at A Suitable Wardrobe or Kirby ...

Jan 13th 2012

Begg launches first collection at Pitti

Read MoreJan 29th 2013

 One person it was nice to catch up with in Florence was Ann Ryley, who used to be sales and marketing director at Drake’s but left last year to help Scottish company Begg launch its first collection. Begg is an old name in Scottish weaving, growi...

Begg launches first collection at Pitti

 One person it was nice to catch up with in Florence was Ann Ryley, who used to be sales and marketing director at Drake’s but left last year to help Scottish company Begg launch its first collection. Begg is an old name in Scottish weaving, growi...

Jan 29th 2013

Pictures from Pitti Uomo 2014

Read MoreJan 12th 2014

A few of the pictures of me from Pitti this year. Above, in brown tweed Caliendo jacket (more on that in a couple of weeks), Anderson & Sheppard flannels and Ralph Lauren madder-like orange handkerchief.  Tweed such as this goes well with lots ...

Pictures from Pitti Uomo 2014

A few of the pictures of me from Pitti this year. Above, in brown tweed Caliendo jacket (more on that in a couple of weeks), Anderson & Sheppard flannels and Ralph Lauren madder-like orange handkerchief.  Tweed such as this goes well with lots ...

Jan 12th 2014

The Pitti of silly walks

Read MoreJun 17th 2016

The end of a conversation about people parading into Pitti. About its silliness. About therefore, naturally, the Ministry of Silly Walks. Fuller Pitti coverage next week - our Young Tailors Symposium on Wednesday, which was wonderful, and some gre...

The Pitti of silly walks

The end of a conversation about people parading into Pitti. About its silliness. About therefore, naturally, the Ministry of Silly Walks. Fuller Pitti coverage next week - our Young Tailors Symposium on Wednesday, which was wonderful, and some gre...

Jun 17th 2016

How to Spend It: Buyers' style at Pitti

Read MoreFeb 6th 2016

  My latest column for How To Spend It magazine is a commissioned piece on Pitti Uomo (obviously). I looked at the style of buyers rather than peacocks, and the low winter sun that makes the whole thing so dramatic. Other recent columns for the si...

How to Spend It: Buyers' style at Pitti

  My latest column for How To Spend It magazine is a commissioned piece on Pitti Uomo (obviously). I looked at the style of buyers rather than peacocks, and the low winter sun that makes the whole thing so dramatic. Other recent columns for the si...

Feb 6th 2016

The Young Tailors Symposium at Pitti Uomo

Read MoreMay 17th 2016

Every Pitti Uomo for the past  two years, we have held an event to bring people together with a unique group of the finest craftsmen in the world.For the next instalment, we will be returning to last summer's focus: bespoke tailoring. But whereas t...

The Young Tailors Symposium at Pitti Uomo

Every Pitti Uomo for the past  two years, we have held an event to bring people together with a unique group of the finest craftsmen in the world.For the next instalment, we will be returning to last summer's focus: bespoke tailoring. But whereas t...

May 17th 2016

How Pitti is changing

Read MoreJan 13th 2014

In my report on Pitti Uomo for Essence magazine I examine the manufacturers - such as Begg, Merola and Bresciani - that are becoming brands in their own right. Read it here. Pictured: Pino Luciano of Neapolitan tailors Orazio Luciano. It's also inte...

How Pitti is changing

In my report on Pitti Uomo for Essence magazine I examine the manufacturers - such as Begg, Merola and Bresciani - that are becoming brands in their own right. Read it here. Pictured: Pino Luciano of Neapolitan tailors Orazio Luciano. It's also inte...

Jan 13th 2014

Pitti Uomo 2012

Read MoreJan 8th 2013

It's Pitti time again, and there's the usual mix of the well-dressed and the overdressed.I'll leave it up to you to decide which camp I fall into.One thing's for certain, there are more photographers than ever this year.On me: double-breasted Lesser ...

Pitti Uomo 2012

It's Pitti time again, and there's the usual mix of the well-dressed and the overdressed.I'll leave it up to you to decide which camp I fall into.One thing's for certain, there are more photographers than ever this year.On me: double-breasted Lesser ...

Jan 8th 2013

The Tailors Symposium, at Pitti this June

Read MoreJun 2nd 2015

 Next month, on June 17th, we will be holding a follow-up to our shoemakers event at Pitti in January. This time we are focusing on the best tailors in the world, and I'm proud to say that we will have Cifonelli, Anderson & Sheppard, Panico, Li...

The Tailors Symposium, at Pitti this June

 Next month, on June 17th, we will be holding a follow-up to our shoemakers event at Pitti in January. This time we are focusing on the best tailors in the world, and I'm proud to say that we will have Cifonelli, Anderson & Sheppard, Panico, Li...

Jun 2nd 2015

Pitti on Instagram

Read MoreJan 13th 2015

 Throughout this week I will be posting images from our trip to Pitti Uomo on Instagram, including interesting new products and shots from events such as our BeShoes party on Wednesday. Keep an eye-out for them, or catch the review of it all next we...

Pitti on Instagram

 Throughout this week I will be posting images from our trip to Pitti Uomo on Instagram, including interesting new products and shots from events such as our BeShoes party on Wednesday. Keep an eye-out for them, or catch the review of it all next we...

Jan 13th 2015

Outerwear at Pitti Uomo 2013

Read MoreJan 9th 2013

The greatest pleasure at Pitti, of course, is discovering new things. But there are fewer than you might think. The majority of what’s on show is ready-to-wear suits, shirts and jackets, and if you have those made bespoke then they are relegated to...

Outerwear at Pitti Uomo 2013

The greatest pleasure at Pitti, of course, is discovering new things. But there are fewer than you might think. The majority of what’s on show is ready-to-wear suits, shirts and jackets, and if you have those made bespoke then they are relegated to...

Jan 9th 2013

Pitti on Twitter

Read MoreJan 8th 2014

Permanent Style will be covering Pitti on Twitter over the next three days, with instant updates and images. More in-depth posts on certain brands (and much better imagery!) will follow over the next few weeks. Follow Permanent Style on Twitter @Pe...

Pitti on Twitter

Permanent Style will be covering Pitti on Twitter over the next three days, with instant updates and images. More in-depth posts on certain brands (and much better imagery!) will follow over the next few weeks. Follow Permanent Style on Twitter @Pe...

Jan 8th 2014

The Accessories Symposium, Pitti Uomo

Read MoreJan 15th 2016

  The third in our Symposium series, looking at some of the finest makers of accessories in the world, was an absolute pleasure on Wednesday. I'll write more next week about the discussion and the broader event, but it was lovely to see how people...

The Accessories Symposium, Pitti Uomo

  The third in our Symposium series, looking at some of the finest makers of accessories in the world, was an absolute pleasure on Wednesday. I'll write more next week about the discussion and the broader event, but it was lovely to see how people...

Jan 15th 2016

Pitti celebrities

Read MoreJan 19th 2015

I'm assured the text is right in Japanese! Never thought I looked much like Nick Wooster

Pitti celebrities

I'm assured the text is right in Japanese! Never thought I looked much like Nick Wooster

Jan 19th 2015

Papped at Pitti

Read MoreJan 10th 2013

My question is, why do they credit Luca in these pictures but not me? Is he more famous or something?Photo above by Tommy Ton at GQ, below by Nam from Grazia.Cashmere/corduroy suit from Anderson & Sheppard, shirt from Satriano Cinque, cashmere tie fr...

Papped at Pitti

My question is, why do they credit Luca in these pictures but not me? Is he more famous or something?Photo above by Tommy Ton at GQ, below by Nam from Grazia.Cashmere/corduroy suit from Anderson & Sheppard, shirt from Satriano Cinque, cashmere tie fr...

Jan 10th 2013

BeShoes: The shoe symposium at Pitti Uomo

Read MoreJan 16th 2015

 At one point in the evening, I introduced John Carnera to Pierre Corthay. These two titans of bespoke shoemaking - and gentlemen both - yet of course they had never met. Later, at the Villa Cora party, it was introducing Edward Sexton to Luca Rubin...

BeShoes: The shoe symposium at Pitti Uomo

 At one point in the evening, I introduced John Carnera to Pierre Corthay. These two titans of bespoke shoemaking - and gentlemen both - yet of course they had never met. Later, at the Villa Cora party, it was introducing Edward Sexton to Luca Rubin...

Jan 16th 2015

Milano Unica: My first visit to the cloth fair

Read MoreFeb 11th 2019

They said Milano Unica was like Pitti without the peacocks. That was partly true. Certainly, there are no photographers, so even though many of the same people visit Milano Unica (MU), they're not on display. Everyone is noticeably more relaxed: ther...

Milano Unica: My first visit to the cloth fair

They said Milano Unica was like Pitti without the peacocks. That was partly true. Certainly, there are no photographers, so even though many of the same people visit Milano Unica (MU), they're not on display. Everyone is noticeably more relaxed: ther...

Feb 11th 2019

What is sprezzatura?

Read MoreJan 11th 2016

   Given this is Pitti Uomo week, it seems fitting to bring up the topic of sprezzatura, which readers requested a post on a couple of months ago.  It is also fitting because the term is so misused, often in reference to Pitti. Sprezzatura doe...

What is sprezzatura?

   Given this is Pitti Uomo week, it seems fitting to bring up the topic of sprezzatura, which readers requested a post on a couple of months ago.  It is also fitting because the term is so misused, often in reference to Pitti. Sprezzatura doe...

Jan 11th 2016

Interview: Gene Krell, a life in clothing

Read MoreJul 31st 2019

Gene Krell is a legend. Today the international fashion director for GQ and Vogue in Japan, he ran the seminal glam and dandyism shop Granny Takes a Trip from 1969 and later worked with Vivienne Westwood. He is a punk, a buddhist and a philanthropist...

Interview: Gene Krell, a life in clothing

Gene Krell is a legend. Today the international fashion director for GQ and Vogue in Japan, he ran the seminal glam and dandyism shop Granny Takes a Trip from 1969 and later worked with Vivienne Westwood. He is a punk, a buddhist and a philanthropist...

Jul 31st 2019

Interview: Umberto Angeloni, Caruso

Read MoreFeb 10th 2014

  Until a few years ago, Caruso was little known to consumers. The Italian manufacturer made high-end suits for some of the best luxury brands, with particular strengths in design and finishing.  In 2009, when Umberto Angeloni took over, it began...

Interview: Umberto Angeloni, Caruso

  Until a few years ago, Caruso was little known to consumers. The Italian manufacturer made high-end suits for some of the best luxury brands, with particular strengths in design and finishing.  In 2009, when Umberto Angeloni took over, it began...

Feb 10th 2014

The shoe Super Trunk in London - and best shoemaking in the world

Read MoreMar 29th 2019

Last Saturday was the Super Trunk Show in London – an event for shoe brands and enthusiasts that has been in London twice before. (It was originated in Stockholm, where the sixth iteration takes place later this year). Super Trunk is great fun, an...

The shoe Super Trunk in London - and best shoemaking in the world

Last Saturday was the Super Trunk Show in London – an event for shoe brands and enthusiasts that has been in London twice before. (It was originated in Stockholm, where the sixth iteration takes place later this year). Super Trunk is great fun, an...

Mar 29th 2019

The Coronavirus: We will survive because we care

Read MoreMay 13th 2020

These are dark and uncertain times for businesses everywhere, in particular fashion.  Who will care about their clothes if they’re at home the whole time? Who will spend large amounts of money on clothing when the economy is so uncertain?  Two bi...

The Coronavirus: We will survive because we care

These are dark and uncertain times for businesses everywhere, in particular fashion.  Who will care about their clothes if they’re at home the whole time? Who will spend large amounts of money on clothing when the economy is so uncertain?  Two bi...

May 13th 2020