Simone Cipriani

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Simone Cipriani
Simone Cipriani
Born1964 (age 59–60)
Tuscany, Italy
Occupation(s)Head, Poor Communities & Trade Programme, Chief Technical Advisor, Ethical Fashion Initiative for the International Trade Centre (UN agency).

Chair, UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion.

Known forInternational Development, Ethical Fashion, Sustainable Fashion, Public Speaking, Informal Economy, Artisanal Production

Simone Cipriani (born 1964) is an officer of the United Nations. He created and he manages the Ethical Fashion Initiative of the International Trade Centre (ITC),[1] which is a joint agency of the United Nations and the WTO. He is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion.[2]

Career overview[edit]

Simone Cipriani was born in Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy, and completed his studies in Political Sciences and International Economy at the University of Florence.

The Ethical Fashion Initiative[edit]

The idea for The Ethical Fashion Initiative was born when Cipriani was introduced to skilled artisans living in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. After a successful one-year trial, the Ethical Fashion Initiative became an ongoing United Nations project.[3] The Ethical Fashion Initiative represents a new way of doing business in the fashion sector, making it possible for communities in slums and impoverished rural areas to be part of the international value chain of fashion.[4] It empowers women by generating work, allowing them to become micro-entrepreneurs.[5] This is achieved through a business support infrastructure that facilitates fair collaboration with fashion houses and large distributors.[6] The Ethical Fashion Initiative also supports and promotes emerging design talent from Africa.

Underpinning its success is an economic system designed to work in areas of deprivation. Because of this system of logistics The Ethical Fashion Initiative is able to work over a vast geographical area, both in slums and disadvantaged rural areas. Cipriani is responsible for this system which has been praised by The Economist.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Cipriani has three daughters with his wife Stefania Gori. He is connected by marriage to the Collezione Gori[8] of Tuscany, which houses site-specific artworks, including sculptures by Daniel Buren and Sol LeWitt.[3]


  1. ^ "ITC Home". Retrieved 2013-11-13.
  2. ^ "Home". The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  3. ^ a b "Ethical fashion? No, it's not an oxymoron". Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  4. ^ Touched by human hands, The New York Times, September 4, 2012
  5. ^ "A Matchmaker Helps Artisans Find Luxury Jobs". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-13.
  6. ^ Amed, Imran (2011-07-13). "The Long View | Simone Cipriani Says Ethical Fashion is Good Business - BoF". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  7. ^ "Fashion: Kenya on the catwalk". The Economist. 2013-03-09. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  8. ^ "Collezione Gori - Fattoria di Celle". Retrieved 2013-11-13.

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