Florence is known as "the hometown of fashion," and its residents and business types take this distinction very seriously. Twice a year, the city hosts an international crew of editors, buyers, sellers, and general fashion aficionados to participate in Pitti Uomo, a weeklong menswear event that includes a massive tradeshow, fashion shows and a myriad of presentations. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Florentine Center for Italian Fashion and 86th edition of Pitti, which unveiled a theme of "Pitti Pong" and brought over a thousand brands to the party.

Getting to this beautiful city is a journey all its own, which, in our case, included multiple flights, marathon sprints from terminals A to Z that needed to be completed in minutes, and the never-ending battle with jetlag. The pilgrimage was well worth it, even though one casualty of our journey was landing in Florence a full day before our bags and attending the first handful of events -- including a visit to the opera -- in our travel clothes. But nobody gave us any grief -- they're all here to enjoy themselves during a week that feels like fashion summer camp.

Our first day began with seeing none other than Andrea Bocelli (yes, we went to the opera in our Nikes, and yes, you do shed a tear while listening to the world famous tenor). The next day began like all the ones that would follow: on the Pitti tradeshow grounds at the editors' cafeteria, which feels like a Menswear Hall of Fame, chock full as it is with top editors and buyers. Throughout the week, we also visited Scott Schuman's photo exhibition, attended the preview of Nick Wooster's first collection, checked out the Gucci Museum, and were wowed at Francesco Vezzoli's art opening (which interspersed some of the artist's tongue-in-cheek paintings -- like that of Nicki Minaj -- with works by Italian Renaissance masters). One of the amazing things about Pitti is that it brings together ready-to-wear brands and the high fashion set alike, a Hood by Air and Jeremy Scott for Adidas-clad crowd mingling with the Brunello Cuccinelli-wearing, pocket square-toting fellas. It's a great reminder that a passion for fashion doesn't start and end with a certain dollar amount -- anyone can enjoy it. As for us, we wore Shipley & Halmos swim trunks and Nike Air Huaraches for much of the week (learned it from watching Mr. Mickey!), and got street snapped, too!

Check out our entire week at Pitti in the gallery of photos, below -- from Marcelo Burlon's amazing motorcross-inspired fashion show to late night hangs at iconic Cafe Gilli, we can't wait until we can go back and do it all again!

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery

Pitti Photo Gallery