“I’ve loved Antik Batik since my mom introduced it to me when I was a teenager,” starts social entrepreneur and Vogue Arabia cover star Elisa Sednaoui Dellal. “I have always admired its ability to produce high quality items with artisans from all over the world and especially from India. Antik Batik masters the bohemian spirit, making it more urban by bringing its own signature, so Parisian.” If Sednaoui Dellal is waxing poetic over the Paris-based brand founded in 1992 by Gabriella Cortese, most recently featured on the April 2021 cover of Vogue Paris on Moroccan model Nora Attal, it’s for good reason. The two have teamed up on a capsule collection launching today with all proceeds going towards Sednaoui Dellal’s NGO Funtasia. “Last summer we were talking with Gabriella, the brand’s artistic director. I suddenly thought it would be fun to create the perfect summer suitcase together. So I asked her if she wanted us to collaborate for the benefit of the non-profit,” she explains. Active in Egypt, Italy, the USA, and Mexico, Funtasia creates and promotes educational projects for children and youth using innovation and creativity as tools for self-empowerment.
The pieces selected reflect Sednaoui Dellal’s choices worn and loved most over the years. “We had fun updating fabric patterns. They all go together and bring us from day to night.” Shop an embroidered dress, a timeless brown suede fringed jacket, a romantic pastel-print maxi-dress with balloon sleeves, and a chic black camisole with gold embroidery lining its plunging V-neck among the various articles of the 11-piece collection. “Now that a vaccine is beginning to be available around the world, I’m allowing myself to dream of enjoying fun summer nights of celebration with my beloved ones,” she adds.
“I love Elisa. I love her energy and the way she helps others,” starts Corste. “Together, we have designed a collection to give joy, energy, happiness, and convey a free spirit. We joined forces for love and we give with love.” The limited edition Antik X Funtasia collection is crafted in ateliers in India. with the entirety of its proceeds donated to the Funtasia Foundation helping children and teenagers obtain access to a high quality development, education, and creativity.
The Antik Batik collaboration is one of various initiatives that are currently active in support of Funtasia. Caffe Vergano x Funtasia coffee is distributed in Italy and the USA (at the exclusive retailer Eataly) and is on the verge of going global. T-shirts with Spazio, a clothing store from her hometown, is also in circulation. Just my Hat is a cap in collaboration with Italian best-selling author Chiara Franchi and Omayma Skincare offers its skin oil with the code Funtasia. Ever indefatigable on her quest to work with youth to help them reach their creative potential, the mother of two reveals, “There are a couple more cooking that are very exciting and I’m looking forward to sharing soon, two books, and more news on the digital side.”
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