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Sustainable Navigli – Milan

On Ethicalista are many the chances to talk and discuss Sustainable Fashion. Many the events, seminars and shows to promote and advertise about this growing direction fashion is taking. Day by day Sustainable Fashion is permeating shopping areas, so is no surprise to find interesting and pleasant examples in a place like the Navigli in Milan where, since many years, fashion and design meet the city in a very accessible way.

The Navigli are well known for the lively atmosphere one can feel through out the day. Mostly pedestrian, full of cafes, bars and restaurants that at night occupy large part of the road with tables and chairs. Many the artisan and antiques shops on both sides of the Naviglio Grande, one of the only water channels left open in town.

If you are planning a trip in Milan have a nice walk on the Naviglio Grande, both banks offer lot of inspirational finds, especially in the late afternoon at “Aperitivo” time. Then you should not miss:

L’Hub – Ripa di Porta Ticinese 69 – is a fantastic space where craftsmanship, tradition and education get together to offer products, ideas, courses and more. On one hand you can find beautiful fashion, or get inspiration and tutorship to realize some project, on the other you can start your trip into tailoring taking you “license” – a series of lessons at different levels to learn how to cut an sew – or simply rent a machine by the hour. Of course there possibilities and the offers of l’Hub are far more, from vegetable dyeing courses to the selection of printing wood blocks from the Zucchi Collection. Only a visit can really explain this place.

L’Orlo del Mondo – Ripa di Porta Ticinese 47 – is a unique place for brides to be, here esthetics and Fair Trade really find on of their best unions. They propose a large selection of bridal gowns made with handloom silk and tailored in India from Italian design, all this in full respect of Fair Trade principles.

Superfly Vintage – Ripa di Porta Ticinese 27 – was born from passion in research and to those styles from the 50’s till the late 70’s with special attention to music, cinema and attention to details.

Made in the Shade – Ripa di Porta Ticinese 53 – probably one of the only places in town where to find Toms Shoes and their fantastic “Buy One Give One” initiative, and the style and comfort Swedish Hasbeens.

Reruns Strascé – Ripa di Porta Ticinese 21 – is another vintage shop, very well known not only in town, mentioned even on the New York Times. Messy, overloaded but always surprising.

Meet 2 Biz – Alzaia Naviglio Grande 14 – is something in between a showroom, a concept store and a temporary shop. What for sure is one of the largest showcases of interesting, innovative collections of young designers work in Milan. A place where creativity, recycling, fashion and sustainability find real expression. Among the many brands present, extremely interesting the work of: Laboratorio Procaccini Quattoridici – nice and simple line of clothes made with reclaimed fabrics and garments realized by a social cooperative working with mentally disabled people; Alf Re-ctiationbelts and other stuff from unusual recycled materials; Mnmurbags and accessories from recycled bicycle tubes; GarbageLab – bags and accessories from recycled advertisement PVC boards.

Here is a Google Map of Ethical Shopping in the Navigli area in Milan.

alf re-creation: young, stylish, reused!

From the friendship of three Padua students the idea of offering something new in fashion. “The world surrounding us gave already all the raw material we need, now it is time to find a way to gather all this”, from this concept they decided to give new life to unused things they would find around them. Truck PVC covering, felt scraps, unwanted shirts, bicycle tubes, tailor’s measuring tapes are some of the components of alf re-creation accessories, the rest is just experimenting.

re-place… re-made… re-birth… let’s play is their motto to create belts, bags and other accessories combining materials and ideas, trying approaches and solutions always in a trendy and urban way.

Milan Design Week: econtamination

The Design Week – Fuorisalone – is clearly the biggest event in Milan. Hundreds of thousands of people arrive from all over the world to enjoy a very democratic series of events, taking place in many different corners and contests of the City. A visitor, expert or simply curious, can enter and have a look in any showroom, space, event or other setting realized in the most temporary way possible. Many are the year long activities – from car service to artisan laboratories to shops – that close down for the Fuorisalone to rent out their spaces to some design company, collective or super brands.

In this interesting, original and chaotic atmosphere many are the initiatives where sustainability is at the root of design. We have visited the ones where the connection with fashion is stronger and since in these last years many designers have approached fashion more and more, the events to be visited are quite a few.

Econtamination is a relatively small but interesting event organized by equology – marketing and communication. Few of the brands present are either well known or interesting new entries.

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  • Beyondskin: this is probably the first time we see this UK brand in Italy. They showcased some of their shoes from the 2011 P/E collection, of course made with their special 100% recycled PET microfiber. Fresh design and attractive colours and always a nice and simple feminine touch.
  • Campeche: not at all a new entry but more and more and established certainty (see Campeche: from the past to a sustainable future). Beside the usual range of pastel colored scarves – few new summery designs available – they showcased a new line in bourette silk (in collaboration with a swiss producer) and new jacquard patterns cloth dyed – a newly introduced technique in their plant.
  • Ecoist: Another new entry in the Italian scenario. This US based company produces stylish bags and fashion accessories exclusively made with recycled chocolate bar wrappings, magazines, and many other waste materials.
  • Hell’s Kitchen: Not at all new to Ethicalista (see Tire Tubes… the italian way) presented most of their collection from the helmets – the only certified made in recycled tyre rubber in the world – as well as their notebooks and agendas lines together with HK Teck for technology addicted people who always carry a computer. Very interesting their larger bags made with an external thin layer of micro punched rubber that shows the coloured surface underneath.
  • Mitzica: a rather new brand from designer Alice Salmeri. The brand started in Palermo in 2008 using recycled fabrics produced with local workforce.
  • UroboroDesign: The use of cardboard for making design furniture is not new but the innovative lines and forms implemented by this brand gives to the entire range a fresh and original look. Beside this elements Uroboro presents an interesting line of fashion accessories all made with recycled tyre tubes, always etnochic, alternative, elegant and eye-catching. This range should definitely be added to the Tire Tubes… the italian way post.

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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