MILAN — Carmina Campus, the accessories brand founded in 2006 by Ilaria Venturini Fendi, has created a limited edition capsule bag collection in collaboration with BMW’s Mini label.
In line with her philosophy of reusing scrap materials, Venturini Fendi created 50 handbags and travel pieces with components from prototypes of the new Mini Roadster.
“I’m currently very interested in collaborating with companies to develop sustainable projects,” said Venturini Fendi. The designer described herself as a “pollenizing bee. I’m sure I can’t change the world on my own, but big companies can make the difference,” she explained.
For example, the designer reused the Mini’s seat leather for a handbag embellished with a sun visor on the front and with canvas details from the cabriolet’s folding top. The collection also includes a small canvas tote featuring a door handle, along with shoppers and travel bags decorated with color samples of the car’s body.
The collection, whose prices range from 350 euros, or $470 at current exchange rate, to 700 euros, or $940, is exclusively available at 10 Corso Como in Milan, at its online store and at Yoox.com.
All sale proceeds will benefit the Napenda Kuishi Trust, a rehabilitation program that helps Kenyan children living in Nairobi’s depressed Korogocho neighborhood.
For a few seasons, Carmina Campus has been producing another bag line completely made by hand in Africa. New pieces from this collection were also presented in Milan and, for fall, Venturini Fendi mixed and matched leather color samples for clutches with practical and detachable zipped pockets. Also on display were mini rectangular handbags made from old light-switch cover plates.