Fondazione Zegna / San Patrignano and Making for Change at London College of Fashion (UAL)
Since 1978, San Patrignano is a recovery community and home to young people who have lost their way. The therapeutic programme is based on education as well as rehabilitation. Hand weaving, one of the oldest artisanal crafts, is one of the main activities performed in the community. Fondazione Zegna has been actively supporting the San Patrignano workshop since 2013 in order to promote craftsmanship, support community-development and modernise the artisanal techniques to meet fashion market expectations. Barbara Guarducci, a designer and creative director of socially useful textile projects, coordinates the project.
Making for Change is the title of London College of Fashion, UAL’s training and manufacturing programme within HMP Downview women’s prison. The project aims to increase well-being and reduce reoffending rates amongst participants by equipping them with professional skills and qualifications within a supportive environment, providing real work experience as part of their training and offering links to potential employers upon release.