Filipa Fino was born and raised in Europe, and came to the United States to pursue higher studies. Fluent in five languages, the Portuguese native attended Georgetown University Business School where she majored in Marketing and Finance as well as the Business Program at M.I.T. before entering fashion in 1995 in Ralph Lauren’s Women’s merchandising department. Shortly after, Fino joined the publishing world at the helm of Liz Tilberis at Harper’s Bazaar, working closely with some of the era’s key fashion talents including Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Sorrentti, Craig McDean, David Sims, Peter Lindbergh, Wayne Maser, Nathaniel Goldberg, Terry Richardson, Fabien Baron, Tonne Goodman, Brana Wolf, Melanie Ward, and Paul Cavaco. She freelanced on advertising campaigns including CK Jeans, Brooks Brothers, Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Helmut Lang, Anne Taylor and St. John and worked with Marcello Seba and Ellus Jeans in conjuction with Morumbi Fashion in Sao Paulo to bring talent such as Kate Moss and Alec Wek to work in Brazil. In 1999 Filipa joined Paul Cavaco at Allure magazine as Bookings Editor. In 2000, she switched gears to her passion and became Allure’s Accessories Director. In 2004 Fino was invited by Anna Wintour to join Vogue as Senior Accessories Editor, overseeing all accessories content of the magazine and editing Wear It Now pages. At Vogue, Filipa worked closely with stylists Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, Elissa Santisi, Phyllis Posnik, Alexandra Kotur, Camilla Nickerson, Edward Enninful, Tabitha Simmons, and Marie Amelie Sauve in bringing accessories to the forefront of fashion and of Vogue’s fashion pages.
Since 2004 Filipa has been active in working closely with accessories designers in projects such as the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund developing talent, and advising the accessories industry at large, working closely with retailers and department stores, such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Lord and Taylor, and Procter and Gamble; additional roles including hosting events for retail customers and trade to promote accessories expertise and trend forecasting in accessories market. Filipa additionally edited the accessories content of Vogue Living, contributed to Men’s Vogue, produced a monthly television segment focused on accessories trends on ShopVogue.TV, participated in The Making of the September Issue documentary by RJ Cutler, spearheaded accessories industry involvement in 7th on Sale (2007) benefiting AIDS cause, The Metropolitan Museums Fashion Gala and Exhibit (2005-2011), and Fashion’s Night Out(2009-11), including the legendary 70- model runway show “FNO: The Show”at Lincoln Center 2010. She designed and created Fashion’s Night Out official bag in collaboration with Martin Hoops and Brahmin. In 2009, with the soft launch of Vogue.com Fino entered the digital world as responsible for accessories content for the website. With the relaunch of the Vogue.com site in August 2010, she was instrumental in amplifying accessories’ web presence with driven features such as The Accessories Runway Guides, Duly Noted, Accessories File and Wear It Now. In 2011, Fino initiated CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and Tiffany &Co partnership to create Jewelry Designer Grant, enabling young jewelry designers to develop their craft.
Filipa Fino has contributed to books It’s in the Bag by Winifred Gallagher and Bump It Up by Amy Tara Koch, designed the interiors of Ciano and Philippe Chow restaurants in New York City and Miami, and recently appeared in God Save My Shoes, the first documentary to feature the relationship between women and their shoes. Published work includes credits in Harper’s Bazaar, Harper’s Bazaar en Espanol, Allure, Vogue, Vogue Living, Men’s Vogue, Vogue Portugal, Vogue.com, Net-A- Porter Magazine, Huffington Post, WSJ, USA Today, Hamptons Magazine, and Gotham magazine; on air Filipa has appeared on The Today Show, Extreme Makeover, NBC News, ABC news, The View, ShopVogue TV, and more. She has been an avid contributor and supporter of St. Jude’s Hospital since 1992 and recently joined as committee member of New Yorkers for Children. Filipa is married to restauranteur Stratis Morfogen; the couple have three daughters and reside in New York City. Fino File is her debut, solo venture in the digital world of fashion and accessories.