By Lindsey Coco for GLAM4GOOD
Who knew bottle tops normally thrown in the trash would make the perfect summer accessory? That's right, soda can ring pulls have been turned into must-have bags from one of the hottest designers in fashion.
Narciso Rodriguez's latest collaboration with philanthropic accessories brand Bottletop is redefining what it means to recycle. Rodriguez's exquisitely designed day bag and clutch come in black and blush and are handcrafted in sustainable leather and embellished with soda can ring pulls. The Narciso Rodriguez (heart) Bottletop Collection bags are named after two integral ladies to the brand. 'The Candice' Handbag is named after model Candice Swanepoel, who serves as the face of the campaign, and 'The Jessica' Clutch is named after actress Jessica Alba, who introduced Rodriguez to the foundation.
GLAM4GOOD loves these chic bags and the cause they support as well as Rodriguez's stance on helping others. "I'm proud to support Bottletop's goal to empower women and young people with this exclusive design collaboration," says Rodriguez. "It wasn't something I was looking to do," Rodriguez told Vogue, "but they were giving communities an opportunity to learn a skill and produce something useful and valuable, and they, in turn, teach other people, and an industry is born. It's a great way to help, especially since Brazil is so dear to me."
Upcycled products often sacrifice style, so we think this is one of the best collaborations we've seen. Best of all, profits from Rodriguez's exclusively designed handbags benefit disadvantaged young people through the Bottletop Foundation.
Check out the beautiful and inspiring film by award-winning director Henry Mason, which follows the journey of the creation of The Narciso Rodriguez (heart) Bottletop collection, featuring the people who bring the designs to life and the impact they're having behind the scenes.