Marina Spadafora: from Hollywood to Prada to Fair Trade

Marina Spadafora is an Italian fashion designer. After moving back to Italy from Hollywood where she has worked as a costume designer, Marina started her own brand “Marina Spadafora”. During the 1990s, she got global attention for her collections that featured sophisticated knits. Since then she has collaborated with labels such as Ferragamo, Prada and Miu Miu.
Marina’s work has always included a strong social and environmental focus, believing that ethics and aesthetics can coincide.

In this Episode, we talk about

  • From Italy to Hollywood
  • How to learn from costume design
  • Live and Die in LA
  • Back in Milan
  • developing her own brand
  • selling all over the world
  • understanding you customers
  • best practice for a young designer
  • keep on moving and never stop
  • closing the company
  • working with the best factories
  • Punto Milano knitwear
  • finding her true calling
  • sourcing green products in Africa
  • biodynamic agriculture
  • developing Banuq
  • the law of attraction
  • morphogenetic fields
  • the search for funding
  • AltroMercato cooperation
  • a compromise between capitalism and communism
  • developing ADUM
  • the ethical manager
  • Biggest success and biggest failures

Show Notes, Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Marina Spadafora Homepage

Salvatore Ferragamo


Miu Miu


Rupert Sheldrake



KTS Nepal

Eileen Fisher


Marinas TED talk


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