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Handbags crafted from gum wrappers? Check. Purses fashioned from pop tops? Check. Designer bags made from repurposed items ranging from light switch plates to leather seats from crash test cars is a new trend, though.

Ilaria Venturini Fendi, a descendent of the famous Italian fashion house, recently debuted her Carmina Campus bags at an Italian Fashion Expo at the Dallas Market Center. She told the Associated Press that each bag is different and made from “only reusable materials, or unused but out of production, which give a second life.”

Translated as “chants of the field,” Carmina Campus bags are considered luxury items. Part of the collection includes items made from trash bags and accented with the bottoms of aluminum cans. Other pieces have been fashioned from military blankets, tents that are no longer usable and leather samples.

There’s no word about the pricing of the Carmina Campus bags -- or whether the hangtag will indicate a link to Fendi, now run by French conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. Still, it’s refreshing to see an upscale offering that’s environmentally sensitive.

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