Carlo Capasa is the Chairman of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, the Association that brings together Italian fashion houses with the aim of promoting this sector of excellence of the national industry in the world.
First appointed as a board member of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana in 2010 and elected Chairman in 2015, Capasa, chosen with the aim of orchestrating the relaunch of the Association, has imprinted a strategic vision focused on five pillars: environmental and social sustainability, digitalisation, training, promotion of new brands, and storytelling.
Under the leadership of Carlo Capasa, CNMI has become the world leader among other associations on the subject of sustainability, with the publication in 2016 of the first ‘Guidelines on eco-toxicological requirements for clothing, leather goods, footwear and accessories’; the ‘CNMI Principles for Retail Sustainability’ (2017) the ‘Guidelines on Ecotoxicological Requirements for Chemical Mixtures and Industrial Discharges’ (2018); the ‘Scientific Research on the Bioavailability of Carcinogenic Aromatic Amines’ (2018); the ‘Global Sustainability Report – Sustainability matters, but does it sell? “(2019) in collaboration with McKinsey & Company; of the ‘Diversity and Inclusion Manifesto’ (2019); in collaboration with Fair Wage Network of the ‘Social Sustainability Report’ and the ‘Social Sustainability Roadmap’ (2020); and of the document ‘Good Manufacturing Practices – Guidelines on the Use of Chemicals in Fashion Production Chains’ (2021), the result of the work of the CNMI Chemicals Commission.
Carlo Capasa kicked off the first three editions of the “International Roundtable on Sustainability”, an international meeting aimed at CSR managers of fashion companies from around the world; the first four editions of the “Green Carpet Fashion Awards” and the “CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards”; the first CNMI Summit “Crafting the Future” organised together with Bain Company and The Business of Fashion; the Exhibition “Crafting the Future of Fashion, Stories of Craftsmanship and Innovation” curated by Franca Sozzani; “Italian. Italy as seen by Fashion. 1971-2001′ curated by Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi; ‘Memos. A proposito della moda in questo millennio” curated by Maria Luisa Frisa.
Since December 2020 Carlo Capasa has been a member of the board of Altagamma, of which he is Vice-President with responsibility for fashion, and since May 2021 he has been a director of the INDICAM Association.
Born in Lecce, Puglia, he moved to Milan after his classical studies. In this city he developed a successful career participating, as an entrepreneur, in the success of important brands in the sector. Carlo Capasa served as CEO of Costume National until March 2016, when the Maison he founded with his brother Ennio in 1986 was sold to a Japanese Group.