How long have you been connected to Florence and how has the city changed in that time?
I have lived in Florence since 1998 and the city centre hasn’t changed at all – that is why I like it so much.
Tell us about your work.
I am an accessories designer with my own line of sandals, bags and small leather goods, produced by hand with artisan techniques in and around the ateliers and workshops in Florence.
How would you describe your style?
Clean and understated.
Which items and brands do you have most of in your wardrobe?
Tailoring from Hermès, knitwear from Malo, sportswear from Aspesi and shoes from Church’s.
What are your grooming essentials?
Aesop, Aesop and more Aesop. I do not wear fragrance as the natural ingredients in all these products have great smells.
Which eateries and restaurants do you adore?
Galanti in Piazza della Libertà is a rosticceria [roast meat specialist] with ready-made meals that you can eat there or take home. Zeb Gastronomia on Via San Miniato, in the San Nicolo neighbourhood, for supper – book, as it’s tiny. Pasticceria Stefania on Via Guglielmo Marconi for the best home-cooked pastries and cakes for breakfast. Eating upstairs in the Mercato Centrale is also fun. Da Ruggero on Via Senese for the most typical Florentine cuisine.
Which shops, streets and boutiques are thrilling you now in Florence?
Sant’Ambrogio Market, where you can buy the freshest produce and rummage for vintage fashion. The antique shops on Via Maggio, especially those near the river selling 20th-century pieces, plus a vintage furniture shop called Reverso Interiors, on Via Borgo San Frediano in the San Frediano quarter.
Which is your favourite view?
Our house overlooks olive groves with wild boar and pheasants running through them, plus we get a great view of Florence and the splendid Duomo. On the opposite side of the city, head to Forte Belvedere for another great view.
Tell us about your top walk in the city.
The walk from San Niccolò to San Miniato al Monte, passing through Piazzale Michelangelo. It may be easier the other way around as there is a very steep climb!
Which cultural centres shouldn’t be missed?
Museo Zoologico La Specola on Via Romana. The collection of wax anatomical models is of particular interest. It was begun in 1771 by Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo and is said to be the largest collection in the world.
At sunset, head to …
The bar on the terrace of the Hotel Continentale, for an Aperol spritz.
After dark you like to …
Walk through the city. Florence becomes a nightingale as the hordes of tourists disappear and you can discover the real, living city.
Which is the best day trip outside the city?
We love a trip to Arezzo by train, for the market, shopping at the divine multibrand store Sugar and at Nero, followed by lunch at Ristorante Le Chiavi D’Oro.
Which Florence fashion houses and brands make you weak at the knees?
Florence has some of the best: Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and Emilio Pucci were all founded in the city. I can’t wait to see the new Pucci collection now that Massimo Giorgetti is heading up the creative direction. It’s a quintessential Florentine brand.