Aug 31 2016As the 2016 Olympics drew to a close BOTTLETOP staged an exclusive exhibition in Rio for the designs that it created for the Opening Ceremony, coulped with a Preview of the FW16 collection at the historic Bhering Chocolate Factory.Suspended from the ceiling at Feira were the custom enamel ‘Firesword’ outfits that BOTTLETOP designed for thirty dancers who performed in the Opening Ceremony. The walls featured a series of images of BOTTLETOP muse and brand ambassador Lais Ribeiro, photographed in NY by Grayson Hoffman, wearing a white catsuit based on the design created for Brazilian superstar singer Ludmilla who featured in one of the most explosive moments of the Opening Ceremony. The exhibition was styled by Daniella De Aguiar.The event was co-hosted by Gringo Cardia, Nachson Mimran, Arieh Mimran and Waldick Jatoba, the curator of MADE, South America’s leading design fair. Guests included actors Chay Suede and Marisa Orth as well as model Fernanda Liz and Olympic sailing gold medallist Ricardo Felice.Marisa OrthChay SuedeFernanda LizCameron Saul, Flavio Nappi and Ricardo FeliceGuests enjoyed rare intimate performances from iconic Brazilian band Azymuth with super-producer and bass player Kassin joining them live on stage for the first time. The hottest new DJ duo rom Rio, Balako, set the scene.Kassin and AzymuthThe aluminium Miller airstream was reimagined as a BOTTLETOP concept store with special limited edition BOTTLETOP pieces.Guests enjoyed fabulous beverages throughout the night courtesy of our partners Miller, Chandon and Do Bem.The event was proudly sponsored by Ruppert International and Luxios in partnership with MADE (Mercado Arte Design) and Feira, the beautiful interior design store on the ground floor, which partnered with BOTTLETOP on the launch.Renata Grabert, Renne Tavares, Tennile TavaresThe event was staged in support of Spectaculu; one of the BOTTLETOP FOUNDATION education projects, empowering young people from across Rio.Oliver Wayman, Barizon, Cameron Saul
Aug 16 2016
Brazilian singer Ludmilla features in one of the most explosive moments of the Opening Ceremony wearing a white, couture body-con catsuit and a troop of 30 ‘Firesword’ dancers wearing metal designs based on vintage motor-cross protective armor.
BOTTLETOP Co-founder Cameron Saul and Ludmilla backstage
A blend of sustainable design and intricate hand craftsmanship, these unique pieces designed in London. The creation of the designs has taken place with local artisans between London, Salvador, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Featuring thousands of hand painted, up-cycled metal pull tabs, collected especially from across the state of Bahia in the North East of Brazil and thousands of up-cycled Swarovski crystals from Europe, the hand application of which has happened over a six-month period.
London-based, long-time BOTTLETOP collaborator Bertie Bertinez is the incredible artisan maker of the couture catsuit, gave us a preview of the timely process:The selection of black-and-white bespoke designs were photographed alongside key monochrome BOTTLETOP styles from the enamelled range including the Carolina and the fringed Suzannah, as well as our Dani Backpack made from Zero-Deforestation Amazon Rainforest leather.
Modelled by Brazilian VS Angel and BOTTLETOP brand ambassador Lais Ribeiro and photographed by Grayson Hoffman in New York.
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Jul 11 2016
Stylist Judy Blame and Author Kasia Maciejowska
Long-time friend and supporter of BOTTLETOP Kasia Maciejowska launched her book last week at Dover Street Market, telling a story about the early days of upcycling in London during the 1980s. Her book focuses on design collective the House of Beauty and Culture, of which a founding member was Judy Blame, one of BOTTLETOP's first collaborating artists and a genius when it comes to creating beautiful luxury accessories out of lowly found materials.
Sir Bob Geldof styled by Judy Blame at an early BOTTLETOP shoot
Jeanne Marine & Bob Geldof styled by Judy Blame at an early BOTTLETOP shoot
Catherine Dyer and David Bailey styled by Judy Blame at an early BOTTLETOP shoot
Blame is an inspirational figure here at BOTTLETOP, so we're thrilled that the ICA has dedicated its leading summer exhibition to his innovative craftwork. The ICA is publishing the House of Beauty and Culture book in sync with the show, and is also holding a partner exhibition upstairs showing work by related artists who have collaborated with Blame in one way or another over the years.
Deconstructed jacket by Christopher Nemeth with embellishments by Judy Blame and demon insignia by Dave Baby. Courtesy Nemeth Archive
Blame's craft mixes cheeky humour with subversive taste. It's high fashion as well as punk, which has perhaps been his key to success from London to Paris, and Tokyo to New York. He's worked with Louis Vuitton, John Galliano, Jo Malone, and countless other luxury labels throughout his career. He's also defined the looks of seminal musical artists such as Bjork, Kylie, and Massive Attack, among many others. Yet he has also remained underground, which is why it's so exciting to see him recognised by an arts institution like the ICA, and to have the progressive nature of his imaginative creative work being acknowledged by the House of Beauty and Culture book.
The House of Beauty and Culture by Kasia Maciejowska, edited by Gregor Muir, published by ICA, £20
Jun 30 2016
Back for our sixth consecutive year at our spot by the Bandstand between the ‘Pyramid’ and ‘Other’ stages.
We reunited with old friends and Glastonbury devotees as we set up our stand and braced ourselves for the exceptionally muddy weekend to come. We were visited by Bottletoppers from all over the world, who came in hunt of limited edition samples and rare one offs. We are always inspired to see how each one of you wears their BOTTLETOP bag with unique style and inimitable charisma.
Special edition guitar straps and all-star BOTTLETOP Band albums were especially popular alongside our best selling Misty and fringed Anja styles.
Glastonbury style and spirit never fails to disappoint. This Pacman suit was exceptionally bold!
Our musical highlights included iconic Earth, Wind & Fire, alongside old skool legends New Order and pioneering electronic artists Midland, Will Saul, Floating Points and Jon Talabot. Our local favourite J-Felix delivered feel good sets and magical hands in the air moments that will no doubt give us strength all year round…
Spirits still soaring, despite being one of the muddiest we have seen! A Big Thank you to all who visited us, new friends and old friends - can't wait to see you all again next year!
Jun 15 2016
Leading Brazilian film Director Vitor Amati came down to visit the BOTTLETOP atelier in Salvador, Bahia. He silently captured the hum of concentration that envelopes the atelier, as our close-knit team quietly actualise our designs. The clicking and tapping of the crotchet needles is deeply atmospheric.
The construction of the Dani journeys through several stages. Metal ring pulls are collected from across the region, hand cleaned, filed, polished and painted.
The once-raw metal is transformed into a luxurious enamel coated surface. The smooth, sumptuous feel is incomparable. The metal is then braided with leather to create Tranca Mistura, BOTTLETOP’s signature weave.
BOTTLETOP uses leather sourced from Sau Matheus Farm in Alta Floresta (a farm that is protecting the Rainforest), in the North of the Mato Grosso State, which is the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. Over the last twenty years 115,000 square miles of Amazon Rainforest has been wiped out due to cattle ranching for beef and leather. Developed in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, The Rainforest Alliance, and JBS (the worlds largest meatpacker), BOTTLETOP has created the finest Amazon zero deforestation leather with Francisco Militão Matheus Brito at his ‘Full Cycle’ farm. Francisco farms a combination of Nelore and Nelore/Aberdeen cross breeds.
The average animal life cycle on the farm is 24 months and the Average number of cattle in the farm at any one time is 600. Amazon Zero Deforestation leather has the potential to slow the destruction of the Rainforest while introducing a new standard in terms of sustainability in sourcing for leather in the fashion industry.
Every detail of the Dani, down to the lining, as been carefully considered. The lining made from up-cycled plastic (PET) featuring the playful BOTTLETOP pop-art jacquard print.
Step inside the BOTTLETOP atelier in Salvador, Brazil, to see the creation of the best selling Dani rucksack, featuring brand muse Lais Ribeiro and the BOTTLETOP team.