The Ex-lawyer Using Fashion To Help Rehabilitate Women Prisoners

Victoria Johns, 49, was head lawyer at the world’s largest bank until she was convicted of fraud in 2009, despite pleading not guilty. After being released from prison in 2012, she went on to set up Leather Inside Out, a charity offering women prisoners and ex-prisoners training, education and employment within the leather fashion industry. We met Victoria to hear about life behind bars and why she’s determined to give other women prisoners the chance for a fresh start. What makes your charity unique in its approach?  We pro-actively recruit offenders and ex-offenders - who would often be ignored in...

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BOTTLETOP x Idris Khan + Armory

British sustainable luxury fashion brand BOTTLETOP is proud to collaborate with contemporary artist Idris Khan on the design of a limited-edition tote in celebration of The Armory Show 2017 in New York. The edition is limited to 400 with each piece being hand signed and numbered by the artist. The bag exterior features Khan’s artwork ‘To Disappear’, from 2016. The artist’s dense saturated style has been applied by hand via multiple screens on to different sections of the bag, giving it a new aesthetic and renewing its cultural message. The rich feeling of multiple layers, ever present in Khan’s work,...

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BOTTLETOP is proud to be the Official Bag Partner to the EE British Academy Awards in 2017 and is thrilled to have created a special edition tote design for all nominees in partnership with Artisan.Fashion; a social enterprise in Kenya producing handbags and accessories for the worlds leading fashion houses. Created with East African farmed cotton and weaved by hand in Kenya, each bag is meticulously hand cut, screen printed, embossed and individually tailored. The patchwork lining of the bag is made from up-cycled shirts and the aluminium parrot clips are made from up-cycled car engine parts, taps and padlocks. The BAFTA mask...

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