This January, at Pitti Uomo 93 in Florence, Italy, Styleforum will be hosting its inaugural Maker Space. The Styleforum Maker Space is an open space designed to showcase the work of small brands and artisans interested in showing to both wholesale buyers and retail consumers. It is a combination pop-up shop and wholesale space, geared towards exhibiting fantastic small brands and makers to Pitti’s influential and knowledgeable visitors.
Many vendors, buyers, and visitors to Pitti Uomo are interested not just in wholesaling their wares or purchasing for stores, but also in taking the opportunity to shop for themselves. Our space offers small brands and makers a location in which to demonstrate their craft, showroom to wholesale customers, and sell immediately to attendees.
If you are attending Pitti Uomo, we invite you to visit the Styleforum Maker Space!
THESE ARE THE MAKERS YOU'RE GOING TO FALL IN LOVE WITH:
Belisario’s story begins over a century ago, when the Belisario family started a bespoke shirtmaking business that Marco and Urania Belisario carried in the new century.
The concept of “su misura” is still the core value of the brand, which prides itself in working exclusively with the best Italian fabrics. Each shirt is carefully sewn by hand following 13 steps; this allows for a broad choice of personalized options that will make every shirt unique.
Alya, began her career by taking classes in shoemaking, eventually finding a mentor in iconic sandal designer, Barbara Shaum. Inspired by her experience, Alya began making shoes on her own, recruiting occasional help from her sister Katya and teaching her the craft along the way. Word began to spread, orders for shoes began to increase, and the business was born.
Their work has become known for impeccable craftsmanship, expanding well beyond shoes to leather items of all kinds, from the functional to the purely beautiful. Each piece starts with leather that is domestically sourced and tanned without chemicals. Katya and Alya hand-dye their own leather to achieve the exact color palette desired, then use alcohol water to saturate and stretch it before hand-stitching or stapling the pieces into place to dry.
GIIN’s motto is “elevated essentials”. With their most recent launch, GIIN taps into the delicate realm of flowers and brings them to menswear. Their boutonnières are made of real flowers that have been taken from nature at the height of their glory; the miniature flowers have been disassembled and then positioned reborn as an object that exists in perpetuity. Rather than being beautiful for the sake of its impermanence, GIIN’s flowers are ascribed elegance as it lives after death.
From the volcanic Islands of Indonesia, we’ve picked an artisan who puts his heart and expertise into his range of footwear; every pair is hand-stitched, and features the best quality leather on the market. Winson’s shoes and boots exhibit a timeless look while offering you the freedom to design them, and they a true hidden gem for classic shoe aficionados.
I SARTI ITALIANI
While Neapolitan, Milanese, and even Roman tailors are world-famous and respected, we can’t possibly ignore the fact that tailoring schools flourish all over Italy – even on the Southern island of Sicily.
Sicilian tailoring features the same, relaxed characteristic of Neapolitan tailoring, without the flairs typical of the Partenopean tradition. I Sarti Italiani offers bespoke solutions and blends Italian craftsmanship with unique Southern taste.