The founder and President of the Fondazione Nando ed Elsa Peretti and of the Nando Peretti Foundation is Elsa Peretti.
Elsa Peretti, born in Florence, is the youngest daughter of Nando Peretti (1896-1977), a distinguished business man who built Anonima Petroli Italiana (API) into one of the leading Italian oil companies. She was educated in Rome and Switzerland. Two places are particularly significant to her: Barcelona, where she undertook a career as fashion model, and New York, where she started what was to become her main activity: designing. After working with such leading fashion designers such as Giorgio di Sant'Angelo, Halston, and many more, she joined Tiffany and Co. in 1974. Since then she continues adding new items to her collection.
The main source of inspiration for Elsa has always been nature. The same gift which enables her to abstract the essence of a shape from the details surrounding it has brought her to develop a particular attention to life even in its humblest forms. Over time, this aesthetic enchantment grew into an active concern over the future of our planet. In this process, two major challenges stand out as the core of her struggle to give concrete help to our future: the defense of environment and the empowerment of children through the protection of their right to education and health. At the beginning of the new millennium she realizes what she considers the most ambitious achievement of her life, that of assembling a staff of motivated people in a Foundation able to take up these challenges. This Foundation is dedicated to her father, Nando.
The Fondazione Nando ed Elsa Peretti is the Italian twin-partner of the Nando Peretti Foundation, that has been operating for over ten years to support programs aimed at protecting and promoting human rights, children education and protection, scientific and medical research and health, promotion of art and culture, environmental protection and nature conservation. Particular attention is paid to the immediate intervention programs for those who live in situations of extreme economic and social hardship.
Geographic focus
Programme areas
Promotion of the Health
Medical research
Environment and wildlife conservation
Promotion of art and culture