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.”

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