18 March 2015
After having explored a vast field of alternative materials that dominate her creative choices, Ilaria Venturini Fendi, owner and designer of Carmina Campus accessories, has created a new collection of sandals, bags and jewelry using the “leftovers” from Vibram’s rubber-soled footwear. Vibram is a worldwide leader in high performance rubber sole manufacturing, and has won the Compasso d’Oro (ADI’s, Associazione per il Disegno Industriale, prize for exceptional design). This unusual collection uses rubber of varying thicknesses and colours to build bags, handles, and appliques. Discarded lug soles, cut into pieces and inserted into metal settings, create three-dimensional decorations for bag handles and flaps, as well as bracelets, rings, and necklaces. The leather detailing is a mix of discarded cutouts, paired with the rubber. Every piece is an original, as each is made with diverse remnants. The last collection includes pieces of Ecostep, Vibram’s rubber mix that includes 30% recycled material.