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Isaia F/W ´14 @ Pitti Uomo 85

Upcoming fall and winter ´14 collection presented by Isaia at Pitti Uomo featured bunch of contemporary yet traditional and chic looks inspired by the Neapolitan Cuisine - "Cucina Napoletana". As the traditional Neapolitan cuisine features plates full of strong and vibrant Italian culture, the collection of Isaia creatively integrates the color palette and richness of the dishes into the garments starting from the deep red of tomatoes to the rust of ravioli and from the warm hues of ochre to the brown shades of coffee and espresso. The color wheel is complemented by rich shades starting from blue and pink going all the way till grey and green. At the same time the tones of fabrics reflect the shades of different entrees by combining restored vintage...

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Lubiam F/W ´14 @ Pitti Uomo 85

L.B.M 1911 Collection for next fall and winter by Italian Lubiam is definitely characterized by multiple different angles - making it interesting by balancing between delicate & bold and fun & rigor at the same time, mixing strong colors with lighter hues and pastel shades and piecing together different paterns, fabrics and personalizing treatments. Casentino is still strong, for the next fall also in sport coats and blazers and in multiple color choices. One of the most striking pieces in the collection was surely the purple double-breasted casentino jacket as seen above. Red was a dominating color as well. Lubiam also had came up with some really nice weaved patterns and cloths such  as bouclé and knop textures that will make the...

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Eleventy F/W ´14 @ Pitti Uomo 85

In terms of recognizable “brand identity” Eleventy is one of my personal favorites. The visit at their booth in the first day of the fair did not really surprise me - as the company seemed to continue playing by their strengths - keeping things simple and clean, offering a diverse and “easy to combine” selection that would make a great base to build a wardrobe for any men. As usual, in terms of colors Eleventy trusts the basics - blue, grey, brown and burgundy. However for the upcoming fall the color palette has been slightly darkened. Lighter grays have been complemented with darker hues and tones in general a bit deeper shades and tones have been used. Even the blues and other...

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Carmina @ Pitti Uomo 85

Behind Carmina there is the Albaladejo family that has been making shoes on the island of Majorca for almost 150 years. The company itself, Carmina Shoemaker was found in 1997 by José Albaladejo, even though it was just to continue a long tradition together with his family. Visiting at their booth is always a pleasure and this time in Florence was no exception. Carmina shoes are made using best possible leathers (including Horween shell cordovan of which special treatments the company is renowed and more exotic leather choices such as alligator, crocodile and lizard), all shoes are goodyear-stitched and made with the same techniques, consistency and perfection as their English counterparts. Read about the eleven steps of making Carmina shoes from here.  Regarding the presentation...

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Cantarelli F/W ´14 @ Pitti Uomo 85

“Wanted: style” Cantarelli is one of those that every time seems to try and come up with something new for the layout of their stand. This time the theme was “stile ricercato" which translated would be "Wanted: STYLE" representing the theme of the collection. The booth was with pictures of Italian-American gangsters, some dressed nicely, some more looking like they were captured for a "mugshot” which on the other hand gave the booth an impression of being a closet full of gangsters hiding out behind a #menswear wardrobe. In terms of colors the collection features variety of different shades of blues mixed with gray and neutral tones of beige and brown from light to darker ones contradicted by touch of orange, rust and even...

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