Just as the architects Barr Gazetas have breathed new life for The Crown Estates into what was rather an uninspiring shopping arcade, so BOTTLETOP brings their creativity to support new employment in communities and turn problem waste into fashionable bracelets, belts, scarfs and bags.
The 90-year old Quadrant Arcade is the only arcade in Regent Street, though there are several elsewhere in Piccadilly and Mayfair. Connecting Regent Street and Glasshouse Street, it will provide an elegant connection between the streets and space for specialist niche outlets as a counterbalance to the larger retail spaces in Regent Street itself.
While the Arcade has yet to open fully, though the hoardings are down and we can now have a look and appreciate what has been achieved, especially the lighting, the front units on Regent Street have temporarily been taken over for a few weeks by BOTTLETOP, a company specialising in sustainable fashion, just as the Arcade itself has sustainable credentials, achieving BREEAM Excellent for Refurbishment and Fits Out.
BOTTLETOP shows the way for sustainable retailing, using a mixture of top designers and local artizans and creating employment in countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya Nepal and Brazil, transforming problem waste such as plastic from the ocean, metal ring pulls, bottle tops and metal from illegal decommissioned firearms, combined, when appropriate, with leather from sustainable sources in countries such as Brazil. And it works! Mulberry’s collaboration for handbags made in Kenya resulted in them flying off the shelves.
An excellent initiative; BOTTLETOP also has a flagship store nearby created entirely from up-cycled plastic, created by robots using 3D printing!