Behind The Dressing Screen with H., a journey throughout Italy’s majestic cities, is the fruit of a relationship between our e-commerce platform and brand ambassador and muse Helen Nonini. The tour not only uncovers the traditions and innovation behind the Made in Italy, as we know it, but it is also a project with an ethical spirit. Five percent of the sales generated by Behind The Dressing Screen with H. have been earmarked to finance the scientific research of the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, an initiative Nonini has been supporting for over a year.
The Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri serves as reminder that fashion is not the only sector Italy is famous for. A beacon of Italian excellence, the foundation has been paving the way in scientific and biomedical research for years.
A non-profit oral body, the foundation was born in Milan in 1961 and was built upon with three core principles: the realisation of scientific research projects, the training of young graduates and dedication to the dissemination of continued research on all levels. By not patenting his discoveries, Mario Negri has always maintained total independence from institutions and companies, choosing instead, to champion the sick whilst directing the efficiencies of private organisations to the service of public interest.
The funds raised thanks to Behind The Dressing Screen with H. will be allocated to a scholarship for a novice rare disease researcher enrolled at the Aldo and Cele Daccò Clinical Research Center of the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri. For a quarter of a decade, the Center, housed in the nineteenth-century Villa Camozzi in Ranica (near Bergamo) has directly and/or indirectly treated some 17 thousand patients suffering from a multitude of rare diseases and has identified 800 genetic mutations responsible for some of these diseases, with the aim of developing new targeted therapies.
An important reference on a national and international level, in 2001, the institute has also become the Lombardy Coordination Center of the Regional Network for Rare Diseases.