BGBL is founded on the concept of contemporary luxury upcycling and sustainability: we give new life to used basketballs turning them into high-end quality bags and combining them with waste materials such as leather and canvas which would otherwise be discarded from other industries. BGBL is the made-in-Italy bags brand that bounces between sport and style, between past and present. The sporting reference is the use of distinctive materials and textures, which convey this world in an urban context. The BGBL collection contains various stories — of sport, of passing the ball, of players, of friendship, of victories, of achievements. A mix and match of high-quality leather and materials recovered from sports clubs, such as basketballs and uniforms. Awareness of environmental issues is combined with a passion for Italian design, taking the various souls of sport as a concept. Hand-cutting and craftsmanship maintain the uniqueness of each ball, making each bag and each ball a unique piece, like a bounce.
We design, develop, and produce on the Riviera del Brenta, we promote Italian know-how craftsmanship and Made in Italy. In addition, we support local labor. All our suppliers are Italian that are mainly located in Tuscany and near Venice. We embrace a “team player“ kind of spirit and collect all basketballs used by local and professional sport teams. In exchange we provide them with new ones. We continue this cycle with the same teams over and over again. Through this initiative, we aim to send a message about upcycling. Even though a basketball is old and used can still have a new life, a second chance to bounce, and be seeing in a new context such as – fashion. For us, the true definition of luxury is taking relevant actions in regard to sustainability hence we believe in giving a second chance to used materials: our hope for the future is to continue to pass on BGBL values to others.
BGBL is a new brand of bags that embraces circular economy. We trade second-hand basketballs for new ones, turning no longer used objects into the heart and soul of our concept. The basketball leather is cut into pieces by hand and combined with high-quality leather to create unique bags.