carmina campus bags

Carmina Campus literally means "chants of the field" in Latin. But for our purposes, it means creative re-cycling applied to fashion and design. In 2006, Ilaria Venturini Fendi began making bags of re-cycled and re-used items with materials from pieces of PVC, truck tarpaulin, garden umbrellas and other industrial waste, which she combined with faux leather remnants and vintage interior design fabrics. She threw in re-cycled objects like metal bottle caps for good measure. Each bag is one of a kind, matched by a number and a photo in the files of the company. The collections are a limited edition, not confined to seasons and of high quality.

The Collections

STOPFGM! bags are a total of 97 pieces, and Carmina Campus will make a contribution of 50 € to Italian ngo Aidos to continue supporting the campaign against female genital mutilations and its other projects in favor of women's human rights. Like all CARMINA CAMPUS styles, STOPFGM! bags have their story. They have been purchased from the ngo Aidos as stock, being the remains of a campaign against fgm, and then "dressed" and transformed by CARMINA CAMPUS: on one side there is still the STOPFGM! logo, zips have been replaced (with others coming from a warehouse stock). Laterally and on the back, pieces of fabrics, pockets made with remnants of carpets, pillow covers, leather, garden shades have been added. The bottom has been reinforced with PVC of various types (imitation wood, rice grain weave, with bubbles etc.) Finishings like the straps are made utilizing leather remnants and pieces of shutter straps, while bottle metal caps are hanging from the zips.

SPORTMAS bags are ironically named after MAS, a cheap but "cult" department store in Rome, where the ribbon cover pillows of Chinese manufacture have been purchased as stock to be utilized on the two sides of this SPORTY bag. It's a total of 85 pieces made with plastic garden shades, packaging materials, truck tarpaulins, or pieces of bath mats, recycled furs and fabrics of various type like vintage bed covers or embroidered tablecloths.

BAOBAGS have a large machine-made embroidery of an African woman and a baobab tree on the front. A 20 € contribution will be donated by CARMINA CAMPUS to ngo AIDOS for every bag sold to support the "Adopt a Mother" campaign. It's a large size structured bag with doubled straps, made of packaging plastics and garden shades, enriched by the embroidery, leather inserts and pieces of PVC. On the back a specially made pocket carries the "Adopt a mother" campaign's story, while the lining is made with vintage fabrics.

Carmina Campus bags are at zero impact. Carmina Campus supports the Kyoto protocol to compensate its carbon dioxide emissions planting new trees and contributing to global reforestation. Carmina Campus bags can be found at the moment in Rome, at Massimo Degli Effetti (Piazza Capranica 93), in Milan at 10 Corso Como and in a few other Italian stores. They are also at L'Eclaireur in Paris.

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