Rethinking Fashion Trade Shows
Pitti Immagine and the MIT Mobile Experience Lab
creatively rethink experiences and technologies for mobile experience lab
fashion trade shows.
Fashion Meets Innovation Fashion Trade Shows
Pitti Immagine and the Mobile Experience Laboratory (MEL) of Fashion trade shows are an extremely complex ecosystem, comprised of
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have a long-term, their website, location, registration desk, badges, turnstiles, booths,
strategic partnership to creatively rethink fashion fairs and design signage, walkways and atmospheres; even outside of the show itself, as
groundbreaking technologies and experiences to improve Pitti´s they are in the context of a city, with its people and cultural events.
fashion trade shows.
Fashion trade shows are crucial for buyers and sellers to imagine,
The MEL´s multidisciplinary team is engaged in pioneering visions envision, plan, meet, communicate and do business.
to improve the entire trade show experience: from the development of
communication technologies to rethinking the urban and Within this context, the MEL is developing technologies and services to
architectural space, from online interaction to the business environment foster location-based connections and improve user experience during
of the fairs. the trade shows.
In March 2007, the MEL team led a brainstorming workshop in We focus on innovation in four areas: registration, the entrance, the
Florence with Pitti Immagine´s employees; the groups collaborated badge, and the virtual handshake, all with smart applications for on-site
to form innovative visions for Pitti´s fashion trade shows. and online use. Together these new concepts will transform
Pitti Immagine´s trade shows.
We begin the realization of these visions now.
We are now at the beginning of a creative process that will lead
Pitti Immagine and the MEL to implement innovative technologies,
services and experiences to radically change fashion trade shows.
Workshop at Pitti Immagine, March 2007 User Research and Ethnographic Studies at Pitti Uomo, January 2007
Visions for an Improved Trade Show Experience
The Badge A fashionable and natural personalized leather badge, with embedded
RFID technology, connective capabilities and synchronization of on-site
and online information, all packaged with a friendly look and feel.
The Entrance Welcome to the Pitti world! An improved and cohesive experience,
with a highly modular and dynamic entrance structure, a seamless
entrance, a playful catwalk, and a new media information system.
The Virtual The seamless exchange of relevant business information, easier
connection between buyers and sellers, a natural gesture of introduction,
Handshake a dynamic personalized profile; the traditional method of exchanging
business cards transformed by cutting-edge technologies.
An interactive application built to improve connections and foster
The On-site contacts, show statistics, and to give personalized recommendations,
Application support, help and reports.
The Experience Room
The Experience Room is a prototypical environment representing Seamless
a possible future of Pitti Uomo fairs: trade show guests will interact
with new, stylish badges to physically tag their preferred exhibitors.
Relevant personalized information may be displayed on an on-site
interactive table or may be remotely accessed online to facilitate
buyer-seller connections and business.
The Experience Room is located at the east side of Padiglione
Centrale on the ground floor.
MIT mobile experience lab Pitti Immagine