Wanny Di Filippo’s Florence

The Venerable Italian Dandy Introduces Advanced Style’s Ari Seth Cohen to His Favorite Haunts

The founder of leather goods company Il Bisonte and Florence’s most vividly stylish artisan, Wanny Di Filippo muses on the beauty of aging objects and the great character of the historic Tuscan city in this intimate video portrait by Daniel Riera. Esteemed for the beautiful bags he has been handcrafting since 1970, Di Filippo is a regular on street style blogs like The Sartorialist and on Style.com’s fashion week diaries due to his debonair flair for layering color and print waistcoats, ties, scarves and hats—all accessorized with his signature cigar. “I admire Wanny's sense of freedom and creativity,” explains Advanced Style founder Ari Seth Cohen. “He has taught me to be inspired by the world around me and to incorporate those influences into my personal style.” Di Filippo's eclectic mix is influenced by an interest in antiques and flea markets, and reflects a genuinely bohemian approach to life. “Don't be conditioned by trends and the media,” he advises. “Cultivate a personal style and buy things for yourself, not to show others your wealth. In life, what’s really important is health, freedom and friends.” Here the Florentine craftsman shares some of the city's jewels with Cohen.

Procacci is an historic café just a shake of a lamb’s tail from the Palazzo Strozzi––it has a really good deli and is famous for its truffle panini. Other trattorias I like include Coco Lezzone, 13 Gobbi, L’Osteria di Giovanni in Via del Moro, and La Giostra in Borgo Pinti—I've been going for years and feel really at home there. Papero Rosso in Via Montebello is a recent discovery.

Museums and galleries 
The Palazzo Strozzi shows great exhibitions from ancient to contemporary art; the Bardini Museum and the garden attached offer a welcome respite from the busy city; the Museo Stibbert and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello are equally interesting and a bit more undiscovered; and for modern art I love the Aria gallery in Borgo SS Apostoli, towards the city center. 

I'm obsessed with antiques markets. The ones I visit are a strong influence on my work. In Tuscany, most markets move from city to city––the first Sunday of the month it's in Arezzo, the second in Florence (in the Basso fortress) and the third in Lucca. And permanently in Florence you have the Ciompi Market. 

Shops that I like include Angela Caputi for jewelry, Lorenzo Villoresi for perfumes, Stefano Bemer for shoes, Penko for silver, and Angelo Vadala for portraits.

For food I go outside the city: the farm of San Michele a Torri sells great organic food.

Inspiration and culture
I go fishing in the rivers of the Apennine Mountains between the Tuscany/Emilia-Romagna regions. I like to visit the Art Nouveau greenhouse in the horticulture gardens (Giardino dell'Orticoltura), and the Roman amphitheater in Fiesole has a great cultural calendar of shows.

Tonight NOWNESS will host an event celebrating Ari Seth Cohen's new Advanced Style book. Follow live coverage of Cohen and the Advanced Style Ladies at the event on Twitter at #NOWNESSAdvancedStyle.

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Conversations (2)

  • Mariatru
    I am in love with that man.
    • Posted By Mariatru
    • May 24, 2012 at 3:22PM
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  • tdubus
    does anyone know what kind of watch Wanny was wearing?
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    • May 22, 2012 at 6:14PM
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