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Altriluoghi: “This is not fast fashion! Proudly made in Italy.”

Ambitious yet respectful of the future, this the programme Altriluoghi has.

To try to strike the balance between new basic and new luxury might seem difficult but the use of the best fair trade organic cotton and a substantial dose of creativity just did the trick.

T-shirts, hoodies and underwear, with irony and bright colours (rigorously eco or even vegetable), this is the range Altriluoghi offers. Each piece has his story to tell his background that makes it interesting, attractive and desirable.

Everything is communication and for Altriluoghi this is the first message. All products speak about themselves about all production and buying choices behind them.

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Jail Tailoring: Sartoria Sanvittore

We all know the importance of work as a tool for social reintegration for detainees. This concept is the root of Cooperativa Alice a social cooperative working in Sanvittore and  Bollate detention centers both in the Milan area. They run three workshops, two within the prison premises and one outside, employing detainees and professionals, tailoring for third parties and their own fashion and bridal collections.

In September 2010 the opened a shop called Sartoria Sanvittore, as their line to commercialize both their collection.

On may 25th, they presented the bridal collection, now available at Sartoria Sanvittore in Via terraggio 28, 20123 Milan.

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Eccentric Fashion – sustainable production out of the box

Eccentric Fashion – sustainable production out of the box

This is the title of a conference that will take place on the 6th of May in Milan at the Catholic University. Starting from the sustainability and responsibility values typical of the direction taken by different brands, cooperatives and companies in these last years as result of a research of materials and techniques with low impact on environment and human rights, this conference wants to begin a discourse on unusual forms of creativity, suggesting possible new scenarios. Few examples of practices in this direction, diffused on the italian territory, will be presented:

  • three jail cooperatives: Alice Ecolab from Milan, Officina creativa from Lecce
  • one cultural association from the Turin local detention center: la casa di pinocchio
  • one cooperative working with psychiatric cases: UrOBuro from Milan
  • and the brand Cangiari part of a social consortium working with mafia confiscated goods

Milan Design Week: @ Fabbrica del Vapore and others

Just a month ago there was the grand opening of a new space with is the “Fabbrica del Vapore“: the Cathedral! Honestly a really nice and welcoming space, pity for the huge tent in the centre of the external garden hosting, since a few years now, the Ciak theatre. In the Cathedral itself for the Fuorisalone there where different installations and artworks exhibited. Interesting the work done by some Croatian Designers Data By Despot  using felt and especially recycled nylon tights. In another part of the Fabbrica del Vapore there is the “ECO temporary shop” an idea of Stefano Pisciotta and Best Up. A space where few brands where presented and eventually sold to the public in one of the very few spaces available in town where to purchase something sustainable. Beautiful and colourful the felt blankets and home decorations by aManiLibere a project by FiloDritto. This is a Enna (Sicily) based social cooperative working with the local female prison and using traditional textile techniques, mainly felt.It was also possible to have a look to some pieces of Rianne de Witte s/s 2011 collection. Simple lines, fine jersey for the organic cotton and the lyocell short dresses, tees and shirts. Another brand present was G.O.D.D. A simple but effective concept: use organic denim to reinterpret eco ready to weare fashion. Jeans, jackets, shirts and light blouses all in summery light colours from ecru to indigo shades.Beautiful and unusual the fashion accessories realized by Tomoko Tokuda recycling mainly watches parts wired together.

Together with Hell’s Kitchen bags (already present @ econtamination) the use of car parts arrives at its hight in the accessories designed by Paolo Ferrari for his brand 959. 1959 was the year in which Volvo introduced seat belts as a standard in their vehicles. This project – writes Paolo Ferrari on his website – has the objective to bring your back to an ethical, estethical and up-to-date dilemma design.


The Eco Temporary Shop will remain open till the end of April in Via Procaccini 4 Milan.

Moving to another part of the city, part of the Brera Design District, one could admire the fascinating and exotic atmosphere of the carpets presented by Nodus. Milan design and asian craftsmanship, attention to nature and Fair Trade, simplicity and elegance, these are the elements of the Nepali made 100% undyed Himalayan wool.

Tire Tubes… the italian way

Most of our cars use tubeless tires nevertheless are millions the inner tubes dumped in landfills or burnt often just on the road side.

Designers all around the world have explored the potential of this material, actually a very polluting and environmentally dangerous one. Starting from a dark and uneven surface like tire tubes to create fashion accessories has not be easy. The results are though extremely interesting and worth a look.

Heidi Ritsch

Well known for her bags from cars and trucks inner tubes, now she is presenting a new line of belts made out of recycled bicycle tires and tubes. She is one of the pioneers of Italian Ethical Fashion, always ahead in design and sustainability. Her products are made mainly in collaboration with Hands a social cooperative in Bolzano helping people with alcohol and drugs problems.

Hell’s Kitchen

Probably the most elegant and sophisticated recycled material collection of bags and accessories in the Italian scene. To find Hell’s Kitchen products in concept stores, like Merci in Paris, is a pleasure and is more then probable:

Materials such as heavy duty inner tubes, car seat-belts, t-shirts, shirts etc are strictly recycled and carefully elaborated and are brought back to life in a different form as bags and unique and charming accessories. Take a seat at my kitchen table and savour the dishes I’ve prepared, but be careful… that you don’t grow a tail as well!!
Hell’s Kitchen 100% Chic Recycle!

Marco Lai says

Mnmur

Two very young designers, a city like Turin and lot of hard work are the ingredients of Mnmur. Knitting and sewing bicycle inner tubes with recycled canvas and other car parts, they present an interesting and always growing collections of bags and accessories.

Lorena Giuffrida

Her ideas and creativity shows how this recycled material can be versatile. Fashion jewellery, mainly necklaces are hand made by Lorena Giuffrida. A new life for tubes with a glam touch. 

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