Fashion Management students visit international yarn show in Florence

Our BA (Hons) Fashion Management students have recently visited Florence to attend international yarn tradeshow Pitti Filati.

Our BA (Hons) Fashion Management students have recently visited Florence to attend international yarn tradeshow Pitti Filati.

The optional study trip was open to all Year Two students, giving them an opportunity to visit the tradeshow, experience the fashion retail environment in Florence, and conduct research for their Fashion Buying and Merchandising module.

In 2015, in an article by Vogue, Florence was touted to be the world’s fifth fashion capital with many international fashion conferences, summits and tradeshows making the city their home. The birthplace of many luxury brands including Emilio Pucci, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Ermanno Scervino, and Salvatore Ferragamo, the city is also attracting a host of new design talent.

On their first full day in Florence, the students had the opportunity to conduct their own independent research in the morning and join a guided fashion walking tour of the city in the afternoon. The tour ended at the famous Gucci Museo, three floors of exhibits charting Gucci’s remarkable 90-year history, which the students were encouraged to visit.

The next day the students had the opportunity to explore Pitti Filati, and observe the studios and yarn exhibitors trading. Pitti Filati is one of the key events in the international calendar for yarns for the knitting industry. Held at the Fortezza Da Basso in Florence, the show attracts a global audience of buyers and designers from the biggest names in fashion, all looking for creative inspiration.

Course leader Liz Watson told us: “Attending Pitti Filati is an excellent opportunity for students to experience an accessible European trade fair which exhibits innovative and luxury yarns for the global fashion knitwear market. Mingling with textile suppliers, international agents, buyers, merchandisers and designers from the fashion industry gives the students real insight into the design and product development process, inspiring them in their future career choices.”

The trip also included plenty of free time for the students to explore the city, shop, sightsee, and soak up the Italian culture.

Fashion Management students visit international yarn show in Florence

Published on 4 February 2016
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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