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Ilaria Venturini rolls Out a New Line of Handbags for Fendi

Ilaria Venturini rolls Out a New Line of Handbags for Fendi

Ilaria Venturini and her Fendi HandbagsIlaria Venturini Fendi, sporting a necklace that jangles with a row of her old house keys, is camped out in a dim corner of the L’Eclaireur restaurant in Paris.

Resembling a jolly market vendor, 40-year-old Fendi — the younger sister of Sylvia, who heads up leather goods for the namesake Roman fashion house — sits surrounded by the latest offerings from her high-end eco-conscious bag line, Carmina Campus. Now into its fourth season, the collection will be presented for the first time during Milan Fashion Week.

Like a magpie’s nest, the collection’s vibrant bags, produced by artisans around Italy, are constructed using a patchwork of salvaged materials that Fendi picks up trawling markets and bargain basements around Florence and Rome. Kooky cushion covers collide with swatches of deck chair fabric on one model, while one tote started life as an oversize knitted African hat. Elsewhere, pushing the boundaries of utilitarian chic, Fendi transformed silver mesh pot-scrubbing pads into a twinkling evening purse.

Leveraging her industry contacts (the designer used to oversee shoes and the Fendissimo line for Fendi), many scraps are also donated by various mills, she said.

The line, ranging in price from $300 to around $2,000 at retail, is distributed in an exclusive crop of stores, including L’Eclaireur, 10 Corso Como and Dover Street Market.

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Becky Moser July 9, 2008 at 8:57 pm

I have an item from FENDI-it is vintage…but I am not sure what it is. Is there somewhere I can send a picture? Thanks for your help.


Eugen July 12, 2008 at 1:46 pm

I’m sorry, Becky. I don’t know how to find out what exact model your bag is. Your best shot is to go a site that sells Fendi bags and look for ones similar to yours.

Good luck!


Cheap Ugg Boots Shopcheapuggbootsstore.com December 9, 2009 at 4:10 am

No pomegranate in the list? Must not be enough of them sold in the US to qualify. Good stuff…best of all in antioxidants…and tasty, too!


vanessa May 26, 2010 at 9:47 am

vorrei mettermi in contatto con ilaria venturini,sono una fanatica nell utilizzare materiali di scarto e vorrei farle avere delle cose.come posso fare?spero di essere contattata al piu presto…..vanessa


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