by John Russel Jones

Cue up the peacocks, chill the Aperol, and throw out everything in your wardrobe because it’s time for Pitti, menswear’s twice-annual pilgrimage to Firenze. Our roving reporter (and founder and designer of S.T.E.P. USA) Ruth Graves sent us this primo sguardo from her journey.

If Florence seems a little quieter and maybe a tad duller this season, it’s because our dear friend and favorite tour guide Lee “Leonardo” Leonard, who passed away on New Year’s Eve, is not there to lend his distinct flair and vision to the proceedings. This gathering of menswear pros raised a glass in Lee’s memory at a charming trattoria on the first night.

Of course the streets were bustling with Pitti’s chief activity: Seeing and being seen, while the halls of the Fortezza da Basso were crammed full of colorful merchandise just waiting to fill your store’s racks (and eat up your OTB) this coming fall/winter season.

Abbatanza per oggi. Check back tomorrow for more sights and scenes from Pitti Uomo.


  1. Glasses were raised many many times giving love and gratitude to our Lee while at his favorite restaurant, Buca Mario, where is quite impossible to ever get a reservation, but they love him there also and would never refuse his wish. Lee had reserved this dinner for our group in advance, as always ever guiding us toward best of everything. I believe Lee was truly here watching, and guiding. Thank you Lee!
    Cheers to you 🥂 xxo

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