San Patrignano

San Patrignano is a support organisation based in Italy, helping those with substance addictions. Founded in 1978 on the hills of Rimini, Italy by the will of Vincenzo Muccioli and a group of volunteers – they have helped over 25,000+ people, providing them a home, a family and the opportunity to learn new skills, through professional training, and degree level education, all free of charge.

Many of the opportunities on offer have been structured into training workshops, like that of the San Patrignano Design Lab, a center of craftsmanship which offers training in carpentry, blacksmithing, leather work, wallpaper production and textile weaving. San Patrignano places value on manual skills – embodying craftsmanship, traceability and the excellence of a ‘Made In Italy’ product.

Through creativity led vocational training at San Patrignano, those within the programme become passionate and skilled throughout their recovery, and leave with a future profession.

In recent years, thanks to Fondazione Zegna, the San Patrignano textile workshop has invested in enhancing an ancient artisanal craft, updating it to the tastes of the modern fashion and design market.

Over the last 30 years, the textile laboratory has seen successful collaborations with the likes of Lanerie Agnona, Peter Marino Architect, Victoria Beckham and Salvatore Ferragamo.

By teaching the patient art of weaving, which in itself is an exercise in discipline and meticulous care – the textile lab creates collections of scarves, stoles, fabrics and throws made from noble fibers with complex patterns, that are finished with specialist techniques and embellishments.

San Patrignano aids the path of recovery and allows those within the programme to engage with the value of beauty and the pursuit of quality, as personal commitments. Attention to detail and passion for excellence are fundamental elements in the production of items, within the Community laboratories. The proceeds from the sale of products created in the laboratories, helps the economic self-sufficiency of San Patrignano; as the organisation does not receive fees from the families, nor the State.

For each Bethany Williams collection we work very closely with San Patrignano to develop new materials – creating bespoke hand-woven textiles from a range of recycled materials such as deadstock yarns, plastic or paper waste, and tenting material. The craftsmanship and attention to detail during the weaving process is present within each of the woven fabrics used for Bethany Williams garments.