Who knew pop tabs could be so stylish? Thanks to Narciso Rodriguez’s exclusive collaboration of limited-edition handbags with British accessories brand Bottletop, the miniature metal pieces are taking on a more fashionable form. Bottletop, a charitable foundation launched in 2002 that works to support health education in Africa, Brazil, and the United Kingdom, raises its funds by selling uniquely designed handbags crafted from up-cycled aluminum soda tabs and butter-soft environmentally friendly leather. “I’m proud to support Bottletop’s goal to empower women and young people with this exclusive design collaboration,” Rodriguez says.
Part of the brand’s spring/summer 2014 collection, the Narciso Rodriguez (heart) Bottletop collection features two signature handbags which marry the clean, minimal lines of Rodriguez’s designs with the craftsmanship of Bottletop. Appropriately sponsored by PepsiCo, the limited-edition styles are named for two of Rodriguez’s favorite clients. ‘The Jessica’ clutch ($995) is named for Jessica Alba, who introduced Rodriguez to the Bottletop initiative, and ‘The Candice’ handbag ($1,995) is dedicated to Candice Swanepoel, who fronts the collaboration’s campaign. Both styles incorporate Bottletop’s signature hand-painted pull tabs and come in crocheted black or blush Brazilian leather.
The Narciso Rodriguez (heart) Bottletop collection benefits Bottletop’s charitable initiatives and is available now at bottletop.org