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.
Founded in the Middle Ages and long disputed by Florence, Lucca and Pisa, Santa Croce is considered the world capital of leather, headquarters of the most important manufacturing district dedicated to leather production.
Located at the center of Lorenzo the Magnificent’s lands, Borgo San Lorenzo has always been a lively crossroads of merchandise, knowledge and flavors amid gorgeous countryside dotted with ancient churches and magnificent villas.
Pelago is a small village nestled between the Arno and Sieve rivers, among the hills and Apennine mountains, 25 km from Florence. Since Roman times its countryside has been famous for producing oil and excellent wines, the most well-known being the Nipozzano of the Frescobaldi family.
In its enchanted countryside cultivated by the Etruscans since the ninth century BC, a wine is produced that is very similar to Il Bisonte bags: it improves over time, changing its color from ruby to garnet and softening in taste.
Il Bisonte’s creative center is located here, as well as the modeling department, the brand’s archives, sample production, a workshop to restore used bags and accessories, warehouses, and the retail and administrative offices.
The executive offices and showroom, the studio of the brand’s founder, Wanny Di Filippo, and his amazing bison museum are all located within just a few steps from each other, inside a single block designed by the majestic shape of Palazzo Corsini. It’s the same place where Il Bisonte started as an artisanal workshop fifty years ago.
The love for high quality leather, fabrics and finishes is the foundation of Il Bisonte’s manufacturing philosophy. All the raw materials used to create bags and accessories come from Tuscany’s best artisan districts, where the company itself was born.