Narciso Rodriguez Picks Up The Tab
Who knew soda tabs could be so luxurious? Although, we suppose when Narciso Rodriguez is involved, almost anything can enter into the realm of chic. Today marks the release of an ongoing collaboration between Rodriguez and Bottletop—an organization launched in 2002 by Cameron Saul and his father, Roger, who founded British brand Mulberry. A charitable foundation that works to support health education in Africa, Brazil, and parts of the U.K., Bottletop raises its funds by selling surprisingly appealing handbags crafted from up-cycled aluminum ring pulls and other environmentally friendly luxury materials. Why bottle tops, you ask? While on a trip to Brazil, the foundation’s codirector, Oliver Wayman, stumbled upon a satchel comprising bottle tabs and crochet—and he thought it was the perfect design. Furthermore, the handbags are produced in the organization’s atelier in Salvador, Brazil, which gives back to the community by teaching and hiring local residents.
But back to the collaboration at hand. Dubbed Narciso Rodriguez (heart) Bottletop, the new project, which is appropriately also backed by PepsiCo, offers two styles: the Jessica clutch ($982), named for Jessica Alba, who introduced Rodriguez to the initiative, and the Candice handbag ($2,062) —dedicated to Candice Swanepoel, who fronts the collab’s campaign. The ads debut exclusively here. Both styles incorporate Bottletop’s signature metal tabs and crocheted black or blush napa leather. “I love Brazil—I had a home there for many years, and I was excited to do this because I know it will help the community,” Rodriguez told Style.com when asked why he decided to get on board. “This will make a lasting difference. Residents are learning not only skills, but also about business, and they in turn are giving back to their communities and teaching others. I love when people come up with these great ideas for finding ways to have an impact.”
The bags will be sold at retailers including Jeffrey in New York and Harrods in London, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward fostering health education via the Bottletop Foundation. For more information, visit bottletop.org.