Hamilton, Bermuda – Bombay Sapphire, the world’s number one premium gin by volume and value, announces its collaboration with contemporary Chicago artist Hebru Brantley to launch its first-ever artist-designed bottle in North America. As an extension of Stir Creativity, the global platform from Bombay Sapphire, the new Hebru Brantley Limited Edition bottle embodies the brand’s mission to inspire and awaken creative potential within everyone. The launch of the Hebru Brantley Limited Edition will benefit the Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matter.
Drawing inspiration from his early passion for street art, Brantley’s bottle design features distinct Afro-Futuristic motifs as an extension of his narrative driven work. Recognized as one of the preeminent Black artists at the forefront of culture, Brantley is internationally lauded for his public works and solo shows over the past decade, and has been sought after by a roster of A-list clientele including Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, George Lucas, LeBron James and more. Brantley’s most recent project, Nevermore Park, transformed his former Chicago-based studio into a fantasy-like immersive pop-up art experience that attracted tens of thousands of visitors from around the world. Continuing to channel his work on new unexpected canvases, the artist has collaborated with Bombay Sapphire to create a design for the iconic gin bottle.
“We are honored that our first artist edition is with Hebru Brantley, whose work we have admired and supported for a long time,” said Tom Spaven, North America Brand Director for BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin. “Bombay Sapphire has always been a champion for equal representation in the arts, and it was absolutely essential to us that we make this donation to support the Black community. Art has the power to create change, but this is just a small step. We recognize that we can and will implement more long-term initiatives to champion marginalized voices in the creative arts — a mission that has never been more critical than it is now.”
The longstanding association between Bombay Sapphire and Hebru Brantley was first established in 2011, when Brantley as an up-and-coming artist qualified as a finalist for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series — a nationwide search for the next big names in visual arts with a focus on fostering rising talents and undiscovered voices. As a part of the prize, Brantley’s work was showcased at Scope Art Fair the following year, propelling his work onto the global art scene and attracting the attention of major brands and cultural icons alike, including hip-hop mogul Jay-Z who purchased one of his pieces — a testament to the exceptional caliber of talent who received exposure from the brand’s annual emerging arts competition.
“It can be pivotal when an established, global brand like Bombay Sapphire believes and invests in up-and-coming artists early in their careers. My relationship with Bombay Sapphire began with the Artisan Series almost a decade ago, which played a role in jumpstarting my career,” says Brantley. “Now the relationship has come full circle with my reinterpretation of the iconic Bombay Sapphire bottle, which is an extension of my submission piece for the Artisan Series. When you create something unique like this, you want it to inspire hope for a better future and shine a light on the courage and resilience of Black people in America. It felt only right that Bombay Sapphire and I were able to do this together to benefit Black Lives Matter Chicago, to support the critical work they do in fighting for racial justice in my hometown.”
The Bombay Sapphire Hebru Brantley Limited Edition bottle is available in select states from July 1 and at ReserveBar.com.
HEBRU BRANTLEY X BOMBAY SAPPHIRE LIMITED EDITION
SIZE: 750 ML
ON SHELVES: FROM JULY 1st, 2020
ABOUT HEBRU BRANTLEY
Hebru Brantley creates narrative driven work revolving around his conceptualized iconic characters which are utilized to address complex ideas around nostalgia, the mental psyche, power, and hope. The color palettes, pop-art motifs, and characters themselves create accessibility around Brantley’s layered and multifaceted beliefs. Majorly influenced by the South Side of Chicago’s Afro Cobra movement in the 1960s and 70s, Brantley uses the lineage of mural and graffiti work as a frame to explore his inquiries. Brantley applies a plethora of mediums from oil, acrylic, watercolor, and spray paint to non-traditional mediums such as coffee and tea. Brantley’s work challenges the traditional view of the hero or protagonist and his work insists on a contemporary and distinct narrative that shapes and impacts the viewer’s gaze. Collectors of his work include LeBron James, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Lenny Kravitz, George Lucas, and Rahm Emanuel, among others. Brantley has collaborated with brands like Nike, Hublot, and Adidas.
Brantley earned a B.A. in Film from Clark Atlanta University and has a background in Design and Media Illustration.
ABOUT BOMBAY SAPPHIRE
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® is the world’s number one premium gin by volume and value. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is created with a unique combination of ten sustainably sourced botanicals from around the globe. The brand’s signature distillation process known as vapour infusion is showcased at the BREEAM award-winning Laverstoke Mill Distillery in Hampshire, England. The vapour infusion process skillfully captures the natural flavors of the botanicals which results in the gin’s fresh, bright taste. Awarded a double gold medal in the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is consistently recognized for crafting the finest quality gin. For more information, please explore bombaysapphire.com.
The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® brand is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.
ABOUT STIR CREATIVITY
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE’s global platform – Stir Creativity – is not only a brand mission but a steadfast commitment to empowering people to awaken their creative potential; it’s a call to arms for everyone to engage with their creativity. Bombay inspires versatility and creativity in cocktail-making, which is why bartenders have recognized Bombay Sapphire as a canvas for creativity. Last fall, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE launched #FindYourCanvas under its global Stir Creativity platform to celebrate, inspire, and ignite creative self-expression among consumers; proving that anyone has what it takes to create a work of art. A creative outlet doesn’t need to manifest on a traditional canvas. Whether it be a blank canvas, a stage or a camera viewfinder, there are many different canvases (or catalysts) for creativity. Everyone has what it takes, all you have to do is #FindYourCanvas.
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