Carlo Capasa

Chairman of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana

Carlo Capasa is Chairman of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, the association that represents Italian fashion houses and promotes the country’s excellence in this industry abroad. Elected President in 2015 to orchestrate a relaunching of the Association, Capasa has given it a strategic vision focusing on four pillars: sustainability, digitalization, new brands and storytelling. Under Carlo Capasa’s guidance, CNMI has become the leading exponent of sustainability amongst fashion industry associations with its publication in 2016 of the first “Guidelines on eco-toxicological requirements for articles of clothing, leather goods, footwear and accessories”, the “CNMI principles for sustainable retailing” (2017) and its “Guidelines on eco-toxicological requisites for chemical mixtures and industrial discharges” (2018), the “Scientific Research on the Bioavailability of Cancer Aromatic Amines” (2018), the “Global Sustainability Report – Sustainability matters, but does it sell?” (2019) in collaboration with Mc Kinsey & Company; and the “Manifesto on Diversity and Inclusion” (2019). Carlo Capasa also launched the first “International Roundtable on Sustainability”, now at its third edition, addressing fashion business CSR managers all over the world. He opened the first three editions of the “Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italia” (produced in collaboration with Livia Firth), and three exhibitions: “Crafting the Future of Fashion, stories of Craftsmanship and Innovation”, curated by Franca Sozzani, “Italiana. Italy seen by Fashion. 1971- 2001”, curated by Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, and “Memos. On Fashion in this Millenium” curated by Maria Luisa Frisa. He was born in Lecce, Puglia, and moved to Milan completing his studies. Before taking over the chair at Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Carlo Capasa held key roles in numerous fashion businesses in what has been a rich and successful career. Until March 2016, when the company was sold to a Japanese group, Carlo Capasa held the position of CEO of Costume National, the Maison he founded with his brother Ennio in 1986.