Bottletop's Luisa clutch, designed by Narciso Rodriguez is made out of sustainable leather and upcycled metal tabs.
Bottletop's London storefront on Regent Street
The Dani backpack is made by hand at the Bottletop atelier in Brazil
Bottletop's mission is to empower artisans with skills and livelihoods and young people with health education through sustainable design
Sustainable fashion is on the move and is rapidly making its way to the top of the trend list. With so many companies coming under fire in recent years (we’re looking at you, Burberry), designers and buyers alike are becoming more and more aware of this mission when making decisions.
One of the names that’s been leading the charge in eco-friendly fashion since day one? Bottletop.
A three month pop-up shop of the British brand comes to NorthPark on October 4. If the space looks anything like the London location, we’ll be there on opening day to welcome the aluminum-tab-covered goods to Dallas.
For more than 10 years, the line of clutches, backpacks, wallets and more has used only sustainable materials, such as zero deforestation leather and recycled, handmade fabrics out of its atelier in Salvador, Brazil. Bottletop got its start in 2002 through a collaboration with British luxury fashion house, Mulberry. The first bag — which supported local artisans and health education projects in Africa — was made entirely of upcycled materials and bottle tops from Kenya and then lined with Mulberry’s famous, buttery leather.
In addition to its powerful, passionate message of sustainability, Bottletop employs local disenfranchised women and molds them into empowered, skilled artisans, much like the Fort Worth retail company, Tribe Alive.
“From the outset, our ambition with Bottletop was to create a positive environment that nurtures and supports local communities,” says Oliver Wayman, co-founder of the brand. We quickly realized that if we wanted to match our appetite for social impact, our products would need to be displaying excellence in design and quality craftsmanship, something we are proud to have achieved.”
Bottletop has quickly become a favorite with A-List stars such as Jessica Alba and Emma Watson, who recently wore her namesake “Emma” box clutch on the red carpet. Since Mulberry, Bottletop has added more iconic brand collaborations to its roster, including Donna Karan and Narciso Rodriguez.
When discussing Dallas, Wayman says it was an easy decision to choose where his next pop-up would be.
“Dallas is buzzing. There’s a real sense of creative vibrancy here that you find in few places around the world,” he says. “People here are bold, fashion forward, and not afraid to experiment.
“It’s the perfect place for us to be.”
Bottletop’s pop-up concept store will be open at NorthPark Center from October 4 through December 31. Visit bottletop.org for more information.