MINI to present a specially designed limited edition of Carmina Campus bags

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 19, 2012

During Milan Fashion Week, MINI will display a specially designed limited edition of CARMINA CAMPUS bags at an exclusive preview event at 10 Corso Como. CARMINA CAMPUS makes its fashion accessories only with re-used or reclaimed materials. For these bags, CARMINA CAMPUS utilizes color samples and material offcuts that were left from building the new MINI Roadster.

Ilaria Venturini Fendi will be overseeing the creation of these designer bags by Italian craftsmen. The discarded color samples and other materials will be used in combination with elements from prototypes of the new MINI Roadster.

Week-end and city bags for women and men will make up this capsule collection. The wide-ranging materials from the MINI Roadster offer a broad source of inspiration. In several styles, the soft but sturdy seat leather is used as the outer shell of the bag.

Meanwhile, the canvas from the soft-top is frequently adorned with an assortment of small metal plates that come from the color samples of the car body painting. The mirrors are built from sunvisors’ hide while the car interiors use handles as a special detail in a small bag.

From the start of CARMINA CAMPUS, the approach of Ilaria Venturini Fendi has always been of retrieving unused materials that have defects or no longer fit for their intended purpose and of searching for stocks of end-of-lines and vintage materials that could change their function in the design of a new object.

This viewpoint on materials is meant to be shared beyond the fashion world. MINI is one of those who have taken on this practice, which is known as "up-cycling.”

Interestingly, the body of the new MINI Roadster authentically exudes the principles of the MINI design language. This is particularly evident on the parallel lines, taut surfaces and harmonious curves as well as on a sloping windscreen frame with 13-degree more rake than the MINI Convertible.

In addition, the principles of the MINI design language are evident on the Roadster’s flat boot lid, stainless steel roll-over bars and its two-seat short passenger compartment. The Roadster’s 3D-sculpted stainless steel roll-over bars are padded at the front and features a mount for the optional wind protection insert.

MINI Roadster’s elegant silhouette is a result of its waistline rising up slightly along the body length to the rear end, as highlighted by a wraparound chrome trim strip on the base of the windows and roof.

The Roadster also comes with a heavily raked windscreen frame that lends the concept a distinctively sporty appearance when the car is viewed up front. Just like any MINI, the new Roadster’s stylish appearance is defined and identified by its dynamic and powerful over-the-wheel stance. This is highlighted by characteristic design elements like the hexagonal contours of the radiator grille that are flanked by large circular headlights with integrated direction indicators.

MINI Roadster’s stylish appearance is further emphasized by a black border around the lower part of its body and stunning side indicator surrounds on the front side panels, as well as a host of chrome strips and edging. On the rear, the appearance of the new MINI Roadster is highlighted by vertically stacked tail lights positioned on the outer edges.

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