Buyers Select:
Alexandra Saunders
Edition 100
Buyers Select focuses on key buyers, who share their favorite pieces from Pitti Connect brands.

A fashion retail veteran, British native Alexandra Saunders was quickly enraptured with the lifestyle, pace and aesthetics of Nordic life. After multiple visits to Copenhagen, the fashion buyer decided to relocate to the Danish capital in 2011. Three years later Alexandra joined luxury department store Illum, where she currently works as Buying Manager for men’s and women’s shoes & accessories.
A Pitti regular, and experienced curator of collections reflecting both international and local taste, Saunders gives us a round-up of her favorite brands and products on show at this season’s Pitti Immagine Uomo menswear display.
Check out our interview with the industry insider at the 100th edition of the Pitti menswear fair and see Alexandra’s selects below.

The Wallabee canvas brings a refreshing seasonal update to the Clark’s classic. Swap out sneakers for a crepe sole and a fresh summer look that is both comfortable and versatile. 

Outdoor is an important trend in the current Scandinavian market. The latest performance sneaker brand hitting urban street style is Hoka’s mountaineering aesthetic, which combines a cushioned sole, and a cool mesh upper. A great choice for a relaxed, cool and comfortable look.

Sporty, minimalist and easy to wear – Teva is making a comeback. Teva sandals pair well with both street and more formal outfits to give a casual twist, and there is always the option of going simple with black or white. You can also try the new block colorways, for a more playful look.

CP Company comes with a rich heritage, and offers a selection of everyday nylon fabric options which are perfect for the Danish market that loves to mix outdoor style with fashion.

Whilst formal is making a return, Scandinavians will continue to effortlessly combine more timeless elements with casual touches. This double breasted pinstriped jacket is a perfect tailored piece that offers both longevity and style. Pair with suede sneakers and casual trousers for everyday elegance.

Loafers continue to be a wardrobe staple going forward, and offer Scandinavians the perfect opportunity to easily mix formal with casual. This nubuck loafer from Doucal’s has an ultra flexible sole and resistant upper, making it a great choice for comfort and timeless summer style.

A contemporary choice for timely, sustainable wardrobe staples. These loose pants are versatile, and the perfect choice for dressing up with a classic polished Derby, or with a clean tennis sneaker.

Another go-to brand for high quality signature basics, that will never go out of fashion — and are chic yet practical cover-ups for the in-between season look.

Besides being known for their great quality and iconic boat shoes, this season you can find one of the strongest shoe trends – the high quality leather fisherman sandal in calf leather. Black is iconic, or choose white for a more edgy look, styles with jeans and a blazer.

Comfortable, classic and timely – the desert boot is an everyday essential for the Danish market. Astorflex is the obvious choice due to their comfort and great value.
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