Cowhide has been Il Bisonte’s signature material since the brand was founded. It is high quality leather attained through the natural technique of vegetable tanning, an ancient procedure that has been practiced in Tuscany for millennia.
Designed in 1974, Maremmana has been one of Il Bisonte’s iconic creations for over four decades. The designer Wanny Di Filippo envisioned a wonderful and laid-back travel companion that, in the blink of an eye, could be transformed into a bag, a backpack or a travel bag.
At the beginning of the 20th century there were so many textile factories in Prato that it became famous as “the city of a hundred chimneys”. Today, thanks to modernization processes that started in the 1960s, the chimneys are just a memory. However, Prato (the second largest town in Tuscany in terms of population) has a thriving fabric industry, its principle industry since the Middle Ages, when its inhabitants diverted the course of a river to bring their textile factories the water necessary for production.