The “physical” edition of Pitti Connect is now scheduled for January 2021
While waiting for 2021, Pitti Filati is making use of its new digital platform to boost networking and business: Pitti Connect has been online since mid-July. The last “physical” edition in January 2020 has confirmed itself as the most important event for the big names in fashion and best international knitwear manufacturers with growth on all fronts. It once again expresses the great research and innovation of the best yarn manufacturers in the world, at the cutting-edge also in terms of sustainability. The total number of buyers reached 4,400, with foreign buyers acting as a driving force (+3%) with positive performances from the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, United States, Japan, Switzerland and Turkey. “It was a wonderful edition of Pitti Filati in terms of numbers and, above all, with regard to the quality of attendance,” said Agostino Poletto, general manager. “This was best expressed by the list of buyers present: all the most important knitting mills were there, the style bureaus of the big fashion houses and top players in the international fashion world. For our part we are trying to make the fair increasingly exciting and filled with inputs, and we are also working on the aspects connected with production, new trends and market services.”
As usual the new “RicercaYarns United” Space, curated by Angelo Figus and Nicola Miller, was very highly acclaimed. It has now become an unmissable appointment for creatives from all fields who want new yet concrete ideas and inspirations. More and more positive feedback is being received also on the quality knitting mills section, Knitclub, and on the new CUSTOMEASY area dedicated to customisation applied to the world of luxury knitwear, and the SUSTAINABLE area focusing on the multiple facets of sustainable production.
More than 95% of the space already booked for January 2021
“Even though it is difficult to make predictions at present, we expect to be able to offer international players in the industry a positive, safe and first-rate environment from 12 to 15 January 2021,” declared Olaf Schmidt, Vice President of Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt, organisers of the fair. “As far as the pandemic is concerned, we are convinced that people will still want to meet in person to exchange their products, perhaps more so than ever after this year of crisis. Virtual offers can of course complement global communication, but personal meetings and the experience of touch, especially in the textile industry, will remain essential.”
Changes to the program structure are already planned with entire areas updated and remodelled in order to provide Heimtextil participants with comprehensive information and inspiration. As a trend barometer and the first port of call when it comes to design, trends and market forecasts for home textiles, hotel textiles and interior design, Heimtextil offers unique presentations and first-class inspirations in its “Trend Space.” Located in Hall 3.0, it will showcase the colours, materials and patterns for the upcoming season – curated and staged by Anja Bisgaard Gaede and her team from SPOTT Trends & Business. In addition, for more than ten years, Heimtextil has dedicated itself to the theme of sustainability and this will also continue in 2021 with the “Green Tours”, “Green Village” and “Green Directory” which will provide information on sustainability issues.
The 31st edition has been postponed to 8-9 September 2020, once again to be held in Fiera MilanoRho headquarters
The February 2020 edition, with a slight decline in visitors due to the beginning of the global pandemic, saw the evolution of the Projects exhibition concept, involving Trends and Sustainability. For the first time, in fact, sustainable products and proposals are integrated within the Trend Area, underlining the new paradigm that Milano Unica has chosen to promote: Sustainable Creativity. The aim is to highlight the relationship between Creativity, recognised worldwide and representing the basis for “Made in Italy” research and tradition, and Sustainability, the other pillar on which to base innovation and production development. A concrete step to increase the visibility of the products of the exhibitors that produce according to environmentally friendly criteria and processes while being able to offer a creative proposal. The other numerous projects born from the collaboration with partners and sponsors were also appreciated. These include Filo, the area dedicated to upstream trends in the textile supply chain, Linen Dream Lab by Celc, the space dedicated to linen, Woolmark, the area showcasing the most innovative and cutting-edge wool fabrics. The agenda of the 30th Milano Unica also proposed an innovative and interesting program of seminars aimed at exhibiting companies.
PREMIÈRE VISION PARIS
Waiting for the next September edition, both physical and online
Last February’s Première Vision Paris succeeded in mobilising industry professionals from 124 countries around more than 1,700 exhibitors for an edition complicated by the coronavirus-related health crisis, which resulted in a loss of 45 Chinese companies that were unable to attend at the last minute or to be represented by their European teams.
The Parisian fair, nevertheless, welcomed more than 80% of its regular visitors, fulfilling its usual role as a catalyst for the international creative fashion industry. This edition presented a selective and creative offer from 1,710 international exhibitors of yarns and fibres, fabrics, leather, designs, accessories and fashion products – with 48 countries represented. The 44,414 visitors and international buyers voiced their approval for an event full of inspiration, experiences and talks by experts and strategists on key industry issues, including eco-responsibility, technology, craftsmanship, markets. The February 2020 edition once again put the spotlight on “responsible” creation, engaging visitors in the Smart Creation area where 58 exhibitors presented their latest “green” innovations, in addition to hosting a full range of conferences on the fashion of tomorrow in the Innovation Talks Area. The save the date is for September 15th to 17th 2020.