Bottletop Founders Cameron Saul & Oliver Wayman have collaborated with Studio One Eighty Nine Founders Rosario Dawson & Abrima Erwiah to create three hand painted Enamel Line bags in Shocking Pink; the Anja fringed bag, the Misty Microbag and Rio shoulder bag. Perfect for Spring and a newcomer to the Bottletop collection, the Misty is the perfect evening bag; lightweight and effortlessly chic but with plenty of room for all the key essentials. The beautifully fringed Anja goes a step further with sumptuous tassles, each tied on by hand. Bottletops sumptuous AW13 must have, the Rio, is also given a dazzling makeover in Shocking Pink. Bottletop will donate 10% from every purchase of these designs to V-Day.
As with all Bottletop products, these exclusive V-Day designs are individually crafted and finished by hand, at the Bottletop atelier in Salvador, Brazil, by local women using up-cycled aluminium ring pulls. Through this work, female artisans from the Bottletop team are empowered to support themselves and their families.
This partnership reinforces both Studio One Eighy Nine and Bottletop’s shared mission to empower women, presenting consumers with a unique opportunity to play their part in the One Billion Rising Campaign and help to end violence against women through a stylish Bottletop fashion accessory.
The Bottletop Foundation was launched in 2002 by Cameron Saul and his father Roger (Founder of British luxury fashion brand Mulberry) through a design collaboration with Mulberry. At the heart of the campaign was a handbag made from recycled bottle tops in Africa that was lined with Mulberry leather in Europe. The best selling design was heralded as a sensation by the international fashion press, generating local employment and raising vital funds for grass roots education projects in Africa.
Bottletop’s Oliver Wayman then discovered a stunning silver chain mail bag with a distinctly 1970’s Paco-Rabanne feel in Brazil. Featuring an irresistible lightweight material, the bag consisted of upcycled aluminium ring pulls held together by crotchet. The best selling ‘Bellani’, (named after Waymans mother who discovered the technique) generated a new wave of international publicity and demand that paved the way for the current Bottletop own brand collection, the production of which now supports artisans and their families in Brazil.
The Bottletop Fashion Company was founded in 2012 by Cameron Saul and Oliver Wayman and funds the operation of the Bottletop Foundation, which raises funds through contemporary art and music projects and supports over 35,000 young people each year with health education in Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Brazil and the UK.