The show is being held from July 1 to 3, 2015. This is a fiber trade show presenting the latest yarns from the knitting industry. Pitti Filati attracts international buyers and designers from the biggest names in fashion. The Filati research lab helps designers understand the trends of the future. The lab theme for Fall/Winter ’16 is ‘Make It’. It hones on the concept of skills and crafts. It’s taken from the idea of looking at objects that have survived through the ages; ordinary, everyday things where craftsmanship stems from human need.
For a period of 13 weeks, international buyers can browse the collections of 1,336 brands – men’s wear, women’s wear, kids’ wear, and yarns – and view 8,000 products online through high definition videos and pictures. It signifies a shift in manufacturing preferences. Italian yarns are resurfacing for their luxurious properties. High end American and European labels are re-tapping Italian mills for lustrous cashmeres, wool and readymade knitwear.
Italy’s fashion and textile sector is said to be on the rebound after a two-year downturn, with total revenue rising only 2.7 per cent in 2014. However, with a recovery in the American market and the strong US dollar, domestic sales are expected to gain 3.8 per cent in 2015.