SHIMA SEIKI to Exhibit at Pitti Filati 89 (from 28 to 30 June 2021, back to the physical fair)

In the new venue of the Stazione Leopolda, in Florence

The 89th edition of Pitti Filati is coming up. The reference show for the world of yarns and knitwear at an international level will be hosted at the Stazione Leopolda, in Florence. A new location and a new calendar, as Pitti Filati will take place from 28 to 30 June 2021, anticipating the events of Pitti Uomo and Pitti Bimbo, reflecting yarns’ seasonality which precedes the finished product by six months. The show will present all the yarn trends for next autumn /winter 2022-2023.

A highly anticipated event – the leading Italian companies in the world of yarns have already confirmed their participation – that will feature a great integration between the physical and digital dimensions thanks to the experience gained with Pitti Connect. Starting from June 7, Pitti Filati will launch on the Pitti Connect platform and the social media channels of our community, with in-depth content dedicated to exhibitors, style itineraries, and real-time updates. A new feature of this edition will make it possible to contact exhibitors in advance to arrange appointments, avoid queues, and better comply with safety regulations.


Your safety is our priority. On an organisational level, we are developing strict safety protocols within the exhibition venue to protect our visitors and allow them to move around with peace of mind. We will continue to keep you informed about all the protocol measures.

Here are some of the companies that already confirmed their participation:

Accademia by Industria Italiana Filati, Alpaca del Perù, Alpes Manifattura Filati, Art Design, Biella Yarn, Botto Giuseppe, Botto Poala, Cariaggi Fine Yarns Collection, Casa del Filato, Chiavazza, Cofil, Consinee Group, Cotonificio Olcese Ferrari, Cotton Trend, E.Miroglio, Ecafil Best Industria Filati, Fa Ricami, Fashion Mill, Fashion Room, Feel Blue, Fil.Pa 1974, Filati Biagioli Modesto, Filati Naturali, Filatura Papi Fabio, Filclass, Filidea, Filitaly Lab, Filivivi, Filmar, Filpucci, Filpucci Tricot Studio, Folco, Gi.Ti.Bi. Filati, Gualchieri e Gualchieri, Iafil Industria Ambrosiana Filati, Igea, Ilaria Manifattura Lane, Inca Tops, Industria by Industria Italiana Filati, Intex, Isy by Torcitura di Domaso, Knoll Yarns, La Rosa Imola, Lagopolane, Lanecardate, Lanerossi, Lanificio dell’Olivo, Lineapiù, Lineapiù Knit Art, Linsieme Filati, Loro Piana & C, Maglificio Gente di Mare, Maglificio Pini, Maglificio Venezia, Marchi & Fildi, Michell, Miele Italia, Millefili – Bluring, Mister Joe, Moda Futuribile by Dyloan, Monticolor, MRC, New Mill, Nippon Steel Trading, Olimpias Group, Pafa, Pecci Filati, Perino by Wool Yarns, Pimafil, Pinori Group, Polipeli, Rifil, Sato Seni, Servizi & Seta, Sesia Manifatture 1963, Shepley Yarns, Shima Seiki Italia, Sinfonia, Tollegno 1900, Top Line, Vimar 1991, Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia, Zero1

SHIMA SEIKI to Exhibit at Pitti Filati 89

SHIMA SEIKI ITALIA S.p.A., Italian subsidiary of leading Japanese computerized knitting solutions provider SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD., will exhibit at the 89th edition of the Pitti Immagine Filati exhibition in Florence, Italy. Because this edition of Pitti Filati will be a fusion of physical venue and online exhibit via Pitti Connect, increased importance is sure to be placed upon digitalization in the presentation of yarn.

In order to further support efforts in DX in the fashion industry, SHIMA SEIKI is presenting new online services at Pitti Filati. APEXFiz™ is SHIMA SEIKI’s first subscription-based design software while yarnbank™ is the world’s first digi- tal yarn sourcing web service for the knitting industry.

APEXFiz™ is the latest addition to SHIMA SEIKI’s proven SDS®-onE APEX series design system lineup, but with a big departure from the past. Whereas previous APEX-series design systems were offered as an all-in-one hardware/software package, for the first time in its nearly 40 years of design system development, SHIMA SEIKI has released its new APEXFiz™ as subscription-based design software that can be installed on customers’ individual com- puters. Maintaining proven functions that have made the APEX series so popular with fashion designers, with APEXFiz™ those strengths are now enhanced with the added versatility to adapt to different work styles and business environ- ments including teleworking and telecommuting. APEXFiz™ software supports the creative side of fashion from plan- ning and design to colorway evaluation, realistic fabric simulation and 3D virtual sampling. Virtual samples are a digi- tized version of sample making that are accurate enough to be used effectively as prototypes, replacing physical sam- pling and consequently reducing time, cost and material that otherwise go to waste. APEXFiz™ thereby helps to realize sustainability and digitally transform the fashion supply chain. APEXFiz™ is furthermore available in 5 different product variations that can be selected according to the customer’s needs, from APEXFiz™ Design Jr. to APEXFiz™ Design Pro.

APEXFiz™ is supported by another web service to enhance its user experience even more. yarnbank™ is the world’s first online platform for searching and downloading digitized yarns, developed in cooperation with yarn companies from around the world. Registered users can download yarn data for free, for use in fabric simulation and virtual sampling on APEXFiz™, avoiding the need to scan yarn on their own. By using yarn that is used in actual production, designers and apparel companies can rest easy knowing that the simulations created using yarn from yarnbank™ are accurate representations of what will actually be produced. With yarnbank™, the entire value chain from yarn compa- nies and apparel companies to knit manufacturers can be connected digitally.

APEXFiz™ and yarnbank™ will also be featured at a special section launched at Pitti Filati no. 89 called Pitti Studios. Pitti Studios is a new content production service that yarn companies exhibiting at Pitti Filati can use for their own promotion. Yarn companies provide a piece of yarn, which is digitized on yarnbank™ and used to simulate fabric on APEXFiz™. This is then processed by a creative studio specializing in digital content to provide 3D virtual representa- tions to be featured at each company’s page on Pitti Connect.

SHIMA SEIKI’s knit sample exhibit at Pitti Filati continues with its collaboration with Italian designer Vittorio Branchizio, along with samples knitted on its MACH2XS 18L WHoLEGARMEnT® machine as well as samples featuring inlay technique and i-Plating® inverse-plating function.

SHIMA SEIKI, MACH2, i-Plating, SDS, SDS-onE, SDS-onE APEX, yarnbank and WHoLEGARMEnT are registered trademarks or trade- marks of SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. in Japan and/or other countries.