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Pitti Uomo – Fashion in Florence


Fortezza del Basso-Pitti

So the holidays are over and it’s now back to work.  The Autumn Winter 2013 Pitti Uomo trade fair started yesterday and the fashion parade of visitors is as impressive as ever.  The city is full of incredibly dressed men and women and the majority of them make their fabulous appearances all look so effortless.  Not like myself who just this evening was staring blankly at my wardrobe, trying to decide what outfit to throw together for tomorrow when I came to the depressing reality that the incredible looks I was putting together in my head don’t actually exist in my wardrobe at all.

Pitti Bookswear is the  key theme for the Winter fair and as the Deputy General Manager of the event, Agostino Poletto explains,  “And that’s because reading will always be fashionable”  The Bookswear site was designed by Oliviero Baldini and below are a few photos to give you an idea of the amazing transformation that has taken place at the Fortezza del Basso this past week.

 A big highlight for me yesterday was meeting The Sartorialist himself, Mr Scott Schuman.  Although in my excitement, when I asked if I could take his photo I forgot to check the settings on my camera and the exposure was much too bright.   True sign of a star-struck amateur!

The Sartorialist

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FOOD OBSESSED, FASHION LOVER, BUSY MAMMA, MAGAZINE CREATOR & WATERCOLOUR ARTISt.

Ciao, I'm Lisa B,
I’m a magazine founder & editor, a private food & shopping guide and watercolour artist who wants to share everything I know about the best-kept secrets in Tuscany with you.

I created This Tuscan Life blog, magazine and experiences to share everything I love about Florence & Tuscany, one of the most popular and visited regions in Italy.   Add a splash of watercolour & you've got a creative mamma of two who wants to show you the true & authentic side of Tuscany.

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I always love discovering new fashion brands and so you can imagine my delight when I was recently introduced to a beautiful new Florentine brand called @pavonefirenze.

Founded in 2019 by Creative Directors Angela Testani and Massimo Brilli, PAVóNE FIRENZE is a women’s shoe and accessory collection, designed and created in Florence.

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