At around 24,000, the number of buyers at the Pitti Uomo fair in Florence on Jan. 13-16 was 15 percent higher than a year earlier, with increases of 17 percent from Italy and 11 percent from the rest of the world. Including other types of visitors, total attendance reached a level of around 35,000 people. Bigger delegations came from the Scandinavian countries, Germany, the U.K., Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, and also from Japan, the U.S. and China. As predicted, there were fewer buyers from Russia and Ukraine.

Focusing on menswear, the show hosted a record of almost 1,200 exhibitors, including several producers of men's shoes. The women's wear section featured 66 brands.

In contrast with Pitti Uomo, the fashion exhibitions revolving around Who's Next in Paris recorded relatively flat attendance figures on Jan. 23-26. The layout was completely redesigned, concentrating all the 1,600 brands of shoes and accessories in a single hall at Première Classe.

The hall was not completely filled. About 200 shoe brands participated in the show, but only a few expressed satisfaction with the number and quality of the visitors. Many indicated that they will not come back to Première Classe in September, as it will overlap with theMicam in Milan.