Walking through the narrow streets of Siena, heading to Piazza del Campo, while window-shopping, an old Polaroid camera on display caught my attention. A second, closer look through the glass, made me realize, this shop was not at all common. This was a vintage art gallery. The name was “Aloe & Wolf”. Giulia welcomed me with a big smile and so, I went in. And discovered many hidden treasures. Among them, an interesting pair of leopard printed, ’60s Rayban Wayfarers, a fantastic vintage cape for men by Acquascutum and a long, salmon, ’70s Pierre Balmain dress. Later, I even had the chance to contact Aloe herself for a couple of questions.

Aloe & Wolf opened March 27th, 2004. It is a genuine fruit of love -mommy Aloe and daddy Wolf are the proud parents responsible for it. They say it was a natural consequence of their big passion and curiosity, regarding vintage and unique objects with a story behind. Art is equally important for the gallery, the next event will be an exhibition with the retro-themed works of young Tuscan photographers.

Luckily, I did have my analog Pentax camera with me and the colored film was just perfect for shooting the gallery. The music played in the background, from rockabilly to blues, from indie rock bands to italo-pop of the 60’s, was, by the way, the most suitable soundtrack. Aloe told me, that visitors often leave some tunes on the playlist of the gallery too. Some of them even get photographed with the outfits they like. Made total sense. Via del Porrione (the street where the gallery is situated) remains the perfect location to have photo fun even during the greyest of days.

Aloe & Wolf believe that objects with history have an inner energy and the pair only chooses the ones which bring an evocative effect. They hope that their clients get the same sensation from the items they find in the gallery and they’re quite convinced that it is mostly the object that gets to pick out the person -not vice versa. I couldn’t agree more, after all, it was that old Polaroid camera that drove me in.

aloe & wolf

Vintage and Art Gallery

Via del Porrione, 23 (Piazza del Campo) 

Siena

Italy

All images shot by (and courtesy of) Antonis.