Our new digital series, Behind Our Doors, aims to share inspiring content and untold stories from the brands that call the central London neighbourhood of Regent Street and St James's home, sharing and celebrating the unique stories that take place within our community. Keep reading to discover more about the sustainable, luxury British brand, BOTTLETOP.
With its atelier in Brazil, BOTTLETOP fosters growth in underprivileged communities through employment, teaching transferable skills, health education and vocational training projects. BOTTLETOP opened its atelier in Brazil just outside Salvador in 2012 and has since expanded and further improved the working conditions for its employees.
Fun fact; it now resides in a building called Lacres, which, means bottle top in Portuguese.
BOTTLETOP’s bags are designed in-house in London by Roosa Tulvio, who travels to Brazil every season to work closely alongside the artisans to create their beautiful finished products. Over 30 artisans are employed by BOTTLETOP in Brazil to create the handcrafted bags that are sold within its flagship store on Regent Street.
Alongside fostering growth through education and skills training, BOTTLETOP prides itself on paying its artisans 45% higher than the national industry average. Each artisan is taught how to clean, clip, file and paint the ring pulls by hand as well as learn the ‘Mistura’ weaving technique, a complex weave that is created by hand and commonly found on BOTTLETOP’s Amazon zero-deforestation leather styles.
Ensuring both people and planet are cared for, perhaps what makes BOTTLETOP even more special is its sustainability credentials, only manufacturing products that are biodegradable or using upcycled materials. Each bag is handcrafted from upcycled ring pulls and Amazon zero-deforestation leather. The leather itself has a unique story, being sourced from a ground-breaking programme called Novo Campo which promotes sustainable farming practices, reducing deforestation, aiding rainforest conservation and guaranteeing it as a by-product.
To find out more and to shop BOTTLETOP’s latest seasonal collections head over to Bottletop.org.
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