Having the right contacts is crucial to the best travel experience. So how to thrive at and survive the hustle and bustle of Pitti Uomo and a packed Florence? Here, WWD introduces you to some people you need to know.
Silvia Orsi Bertolini, founder of p.r. and event agency La Jamais Contente
If you need to organize a last-minute event, this is the woman you need to get in touch with. The wife of Pitti Immagine chief executive officer Raffaello Napoleone, Silvia Orsi Bertolini established her communications and event firm La Jamais Contente in 2004. Having developed successful projects for clients such as Sergio Rossi, Damiani, Moncler, Prada, Celine and Salvatore Ferragamo, she can use her network to pull together the ultimate event.
22, Via dei Serragli
+39 055 0450044
Claudio Meli, J.K. Place Firenze general manager
One of the men behind the stellar service at luxury Florentine hotel J.K. Place, Claudio Meli, for many years the president of the Golden Keys Worldwide Concierge Association, can make hotel guests feel at home by providing them with all the secrets needed to live Florence like a real local.
7, Piazza Santa Maria Novella
+39 055 2645181
Nicola Bianchi, master perfumer of AquaFlor
Looking for a sophisticated, customized fragrance? Nicola Bianchi is your man. The nose behind Florentine artistic perfumery AquaFlor, Bianchi perfected his skills over 35 years not only creating exclusive fragrances, but also selling and distributing essences and fine natural essential oils.
6, Borgo Santa Croce
+39 055 2343471
Alessandra Tabacchi and Franco Mariotti, owners of furniture shop and art gallery Flair
Those looking for a unique artwork or a special vintage piece should head to Alessandra Tabacchi and Franco Mariotti’s Flair. Housed in a 15th-century palazzo that once belonged to the younger brother of Napoléon I, the store is infused with a charming attitude conveyed through the striking juxtaposition of carefully selected items from different eras and artistic movements.
24r Lungarno Corsini
+39 055 2670154
Fabiano Fabiani, La Manifattura chief barman
When the sun goes down, it’s time to enjoy a good drink in a relaxing environment with an Italian Thirties soundtrack. Fabiano Fabiani, the captain of the bartenders at La Manifattura, uses only Italian spirits to create a range of cocktails, including Bicicletta, a mix of bitter Campari and white wine, or Tenda Rossa, which combines juniper liquor, maraschino, violet cream and fresh lemon juice.
1, Piazza di San Pancrazio
+39 055 2396367