Pitti Uomo 93 is booming, as number of visitors is the best ever, and Eastern Europe speeds up. Footwear and bags new trends

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Pitti Immagine Uomo 93, in Florence, comes today to an end. This edition had break the record for number of visitors. Germany, Japan and Great Britain are on top, though Eastern Europe is actually speeding up, surprisingly: Russia to begin with, then Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and the Balkan zone countries. Several relevant presentations have taken place during the event. As for footwear, Franceschetti, together with Fondazione Mazzoleni Onlus (which focuses their efforts on art), has presented their “Passi nell’Arte” (“Steps into Art”) collection: sole turns into canvas to express its own art, through a special artisan technique which reminds of the tattoo one. Works are by Sabrina Golin, Mirella Scotton, Irma Servodio, Francesca Sirianni and Francesco Verdi: they keep changing progressively, and they are bound to vanish completely, as they aim to convey the concept that “nothing lasts forever”. Says Arturo Venanzi, who’s happy about the bustling curiosity around the works: “We are now striving to find a way not to make them vanish”. Fabi has presented their new Jesse sneakers, as a tribute to Jesse Owens: they turn out to be the accomplishment after a three-year-long project. Pantofola D’Oro 1886 has brought to Florence their Termica shoe, inspired by the submariners’ equipment in the 1940s. It’s made of neoprene matched with calf skin and zigzag topstitches. Then the new collection designed by Forestale, inspired by lumberjack footwear: high volume sneakers, with saw tooth shaped soles and sandy, olive green, black greased split. With regard to leather goods, Il Bisonte has presented a collection that shows off a set of new materials: buffalo hide for the iconic designs and shearling, for woman, to find new touch explorations. Troubadour Goods, the British leather goods brand that makes its works by using Italian leather, have presented their innovative “one day bag” product line: slim briefcases, rucksacks and weekenders.

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