It’s a common mistake that fashionable appearance is of whack with respecting animals. However, the facts prove that it is possible to create trendy and high-quality accessories and clothes without using such materials as genuine leather or real fur. Recently, the Animal Free trend has appeared among American and European designers who promote respect for animals.
This trend can be exemplified by Marina Milani, a fashion designer from Bologna (Italy) who creates traditional Italian accessories using materials of non-animal origin. Marina Milani was born and raised in Bologna; she started her career by working in a demonstrational showroom of women’s clothes and creating samples of fashionable clothes, after which she attended retraining course in the bag design and tailoring. She is also fond of painting and is currently cooperating with ANGSA Bologna, a non-profit association that organizes workshops for children suffering from autism. Her skills and creativity made it possible for her to establish an atelier specializing in custom tailoring of bags.
The main special features of her products are creativity and femininity. She puts in her creative energy both at the stage of designing and during the production process of each accessory. Her high-quality accessories are handmade in the atelier. Every bag differs from the rest, which makes it unique.
Selection of materials receives particular attention, since besides being extremely precious they are also environmentally friendly and up to 90% recyclable. While selecting materials, Marina Milani first of all is guided by respect for the environment and animals.
She uses such materials as hemp, cork, natural cotton, linen, recycled plastic, viscose, eco-fur, and velvet. All materials are of non-animal origin.
Marina Milani bags serve as a model of combining the Made in Italy high-quality production – a symbol of high fashion and craftsmanship – with a new contemporary lifestyle, with its philosophy of ethics and respect for the nature and the planet where we live.
Marina Milani enjoys being creative and sets her creativity free. It is no coincidence that she chose her own painting as decorations for her first bags. Marina Milani accessories are available in a limited circulation; they can be ordered in individual color palette and made of personified materials.
The model range varies from small handbags to shoppers of various versions to suit every taste.
The fall/winter 2019-2020 collection includes bags made of faux leather, patchwork fabrics, vintage tapestry with roses, and faux fur.
Functional bags attract attention – they are small but spacious with a chain strap, offered with a python skin pattern (black and white or blue), of spotted velvet or “Dalmatian” eco-fur.
In the Vintage line, designed especially for a romantic woman who adores classics, the brand offers attractive soft bags made of retro tapestry from the 1920-30s, which the designer called “Mary Poppins”. They can be used both as an evening clutch and with a shoulder strap.
Marina Milani bags demonstrate that it is possible to create an individual fashionable look without killing animals. We hope that other haute couture brands will follow her example as well.