Bottletop are a brand dedicated to helping women in developing countries, providing jobs so that female artisans can support themselves and their families. Founded back in 2002 when Cameron Saul discovered a wire frame handbag made from recycled bottle tops in Uganda, Saul started developing his bags with his father Roger, founder of Mulberry. Bottletop was launched through the luxury fashion house with a photographic series by iconic British photographer David Bailey.
The Mulberry Bottletop range was met with warmth from the fashion press all over the world and has since been seen on the arm of celebrities such as Kate Moss, Jessie J and Rachel Weisz. Sold via a platform of retailers, ranging from Selfridges in London to the Guggenheim in Venice.
Bottletop donates 20% of profits to the Bottletop Foundation, which raises finds and awareness for education projects that tackle health issues such as HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and teenage pregnancy. Every year more than 35,000 women have been helped by education projects in Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Brazil and here in the UK.
The AW12 collection, called Black Line, is a continued collaboration with Vincent du Sartel, formerly of Louis Vuitton and Loewe. A combination of gorgeous soft leather from Brazil, silver ringpulls and the deliberately deconstructed finish make these handbags just gorgeous. Click here to help the Bottletop Foundation and click here to see the rest of the AW12 line. Here are a few of our favourites…