Absolut unveils limited edition China-inspired bottle with SR_A, the industrial design agency founded by Dr Samuel Ross
Absolut Vodka and leading British designer and artist Dr Samuel Ross have unveiled a limited-edition bottle for the Chinese market in a collaboration that champions the mixing of cultures.
Absolut Vodka is launching a limited-edition bottle in China designed by Dr Samuel Ross, whose boundary-breaking designs inspired by class, inclusivity and urban life are creating a buzz across its Gen-Z fashion scene.
The collaboration project, Absolut x SR_A, is deeply rooted in the concept of the mixing of people and culture. Dr Ross is a growing name in China’s creative and fashion scene, following the opening of his A-COLD-WALL* menswear stores in Beijing and Shanghai in 2022.
The project with the South-London-born designer reinforces Absolut’s Born to Mix platform that champions the notion that by mixing people and culture, we create better together. For the past four decades, Absolut has been an advocate for the creative community and inclusive representation in pop culture – and it continues to unite the culturally curious and inspire change.
For the limited edition, (there are just 1,500) Dr Ross adopts Absolut’s ideas of Born to Mix and cultural integration to create a fusion of his signature avant-garde vision and Chinese culture on Absolut’s iconic apothecary-shaped bottle. Embossed with a heatmap design of China’s largest cities, the dots and silhouettes in Chinese red – the colour that symbolises life, vitality and light in China – represent the coming together of people and ideas that lead to bursts of energy, creativity and diversity.
Dr Ross, who also has a growing presence on Red Book, China’s answer to Instagram, said: “I have always respected and loved Absolut’s viewpoint and how the brand conveys a unique message. In terms of colour, typography and bottle design, it is formidable. There is also an intensity and richness and joy for the brand to unlock. An opportunity to add layers to the strong identity, to tell a different story – without changing it, providing a new window to the brand for every demographic.”
Tad Greenough, Global Creative Director at The Absolut Company, said:“We want to champion the coming together of different cultures in cities that harbour inclusion and diversity. We believe that when we mix we create better together and we’ve been partnering with artists and creative communities for 40 years to bring this message to the forefront. It was natural for us to work with Samuel Ross in a collaboration that brings together his industrial, London-inspired aesthetic to a Chinese context.”
The 1L limited-edition bottles will be available from 21 July through the brand’s WeChat mini-program, ABSOLUT LAB.