Wetsuits, no-longer-used upholstery from vintage cars, forgotten umbrellas that no longer open. These are some of the materials that Chiara Di Cillo, the young designer that has created “Portatelovunque” works. With a degree in Architecture, and specialising in Design, ever since she was a child she had always had a penchant for creativity and manual work, but most of all for re-use of discarded materials. Where others saw an object with no further use, Chiara saw a chance. She imagined the hidden potential of old things that were apparently unusable. So she began to experiment, making her first bag from pieces of a wetsuit. Her bags are versatile. They look like old LPs, they turn into backpacks from cross body bags, and have interchangeable fabric “smiley” patches. Smiley patches are what Chiara calls the pockets that contrast with the rest of the bag. Every creation is different, and is associated with a 1970s rock song, one of Chiara’s great passions. But “Portatelovunque” does not differ from other bags merely in terms of style: there is also the eco-sustainability and ethical responsibility of the project. All products are exclusively handmade, from the cutting of pieces to final sewing, made by a social enterprise that employs women from disadvantaged backgrounds. As time has passed, the first collection has been followed by other types of object: purses, carrier bags, mousepads, bottle holders. Unique, original, always bringing a smile to your face. Chiara’s philosophy is that of offering a different sort of fashion - unconventional and “green” - in order to highlight not only the beauty of the finished product but also the passion, creative work and ethical choice that each creation harbours within.
The story has been written by Valentina D’Urbano, writer