Creating without destroying
WHO… Founded in 2006 by Ilaria Venturini Fendi, Carmina Campus is based on ethical sustainability and fashion through a unique model of beauty, luxury and consumer responsibility.
DOES WHAT… Ilaria Fendi fuses her work with the environmental values she believes in and personally lives by. She matches her designer knowledge with the skilled craftsmanship of Italian artisans in the making of bags, accessories and furniture with all sorts of recycled materials. One of Carmina Campus ideas is to constantly reuse materials, which should become common practice with the goal to realize a balanced relationship with the environment.
…WHERE? Carmina Campus production is based in Italy with the support of Italian artisans and experts. Nonetheless, it has developed several collaboration throughout time. Among these, a collection developed in Africa supporting a community of disadvantaged women in Cameroon and an ongoing collaboration with the Italian Justice Department, focusing on rehabilitation programs within Italian prisons. Despite the HQ based in Italy, Carmina Campus is open to collaborations with ONG, Public Institutions and private organizations to develop ethical and sustainable projects.
AND HOW IS THAT ETHICAL? When it comes to sourcing materials, Carmina Campus collects vintage, unused and defective materials that do not comply with quality production standards. Each produced item is unique, numbered and lists all the materials that are used for its realization. The list includes soda can bottoms, tin cans, pull tabs and so on… The leather and fur always come from Italian manufacturer color sample swatches or from RTW leftovers. Carmina Campus also started working in Africa in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC), a UN-WTO joint agency to produce semi-finished items that would be used in a special made in Italy line. The project was supporting a community of disadvantaged women in Cameroon. NOT CHARITY, JUST WORK is the slogan shared by Carmina Campus and the ITC. Furthermore, in a collaboration with Socially Made inItaly, a group of social work institutions with a history of rehabilitation programs within Italian prisons, Carmina Campus provides training and support in a number of hubs located within prisons. The ultimate goal of the project is to offer prisoners an opportunity to support themselves while in jail without being a burden for society while also increasing their future opportunities of being reintegrated into society once their sentence is served.
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