Egyptian-Italian Elisa Sednaoui Dellal, social entrepreneur, model, actor, and mother has launched a new collaboration with accessories brand Josefina benefiting her social enterprise Funtasia. The Funtasia x Josefina collection offers 16 handcrafted leather bags and accessories whimsically accented to feature crocodiles and an interpretation of the Abyssinian cat a representation of the Ancient Egyptian sun god, Ra. Choose from carryalls, pouches, and backpacks; all are created with the versatile needs of contemporary, multi-tasking women in mind. The totality of the profits (after costs of production) from this collaboration will go towards Funtasia, Sednaoui’s social enterprise serving children in disadvantaged communities while also training educators and community workers.
Benefiting thousands of children all over the world, Funtasia launched in Mexico earlier this year and maintains further plans for expansion to Argentina, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. It has already been established in Italy and Egypt since Sednaoui launched what originated as a passion project in 2013. It has since developed various in-house educational training programs. The adults training program invites educators to go beyond traditional expectations and embrace new ways of learning that stimulate valuable thinking. The Funtasia methods help reinforce autonomy, self-esteem, involvement, and fuel an innate desire for self-improvement in both children and adults alike.
For the time being, Sednaoui is at home with her husband, father, and two boys in Los Angeles. In-between managing her professional duties, homeschooling, and keeping the house running, Sednaoui sends Vogue Arabia readers a message, highlighting the women she admires in the video below.