Savio D’Souza had been following the FIFA World Cup 2018 as it unfolded in Russia. He is not the average football fan. No way was he going to miss any of the important matches, juggling his work schedule as he cheered his favourite players and teams during the month+ long tournament.
But the World Cup was about more than just satiating his desire for watching great football. There has been another passion that Savio has been nursing for the last decade and a half. He collects
As the FIFA World Cup 2018 ended, Savio was on the lookout for the new bottles that would be released for the occasion. As Croatia reached the final, fans were lapping up several commemorative cans which were specially made for historic occasion. After France won the title, there were special cans for their special occasion too!
While these have been cans, Savio’s eyes have been scouring online for bottles as well.
Checking the availability of special bottles has been a habit with Savio. When he joined as a management trainee at
“It is like a trophy case in a sportsperson’s house. It adds character to my home,” Savio proudly says about his prized collection.
It was a stroke of luck that had helped it all begin. In 2004, to commemorate the 28th Olympics at Athens, the torch relay was unfolding in India. Among others, the employees, partners and customers of
Soon as he had a collection ready, he started mentioning it to friends around
It was on an assignment in Turkey that his bottle collection started to blossom. Savio was in a regional role for
A special bottle from that time is one that has an image of the Turkish evil eye, which in local culture, is for good luck. “I could not have asked for more since I was actively collecting bottles by then,” Savio recalls.
He had now begun to buy the occasional bottle since several collectors were now actively trading in bottles, for a price.
It was a windfall in 2012 that added wings to his passion. As he moved to a new role in London, the
“I collected several bottles then. I could never have imagined that something like that would come my way,” a beaming Savio now says. In a jiffy, he now had bottles designed by haute couture designers like Manolo Blahnik and Jean Paul Gautier, international sporting events including commemorative sets from the London Olympics,
There is an entire world for people who collect and treasure
When Ugly Betty became a very popular soap in UK, there were special
The contour bottle from
Cans do not evoke the same frenzy among the traditional collectors. A special can released to mark the 100th century of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was a collectors’ item for many cricket fans. But for the bottle collector, it was of far less exciting, perhaps of lesser or no value. Cricket aficionados may disagree. But, well, that is another story!
‘Bottles were the biggest item when I moved to India’
“I moved back to the India & South-West Asia business unit of
With his enviable collection, Savio now regularly interacts with
There are more opportunities that come up as new bottles are launched. Meanwhile, Savio’s collection is growing with each international visitor getting him more goodies. The amazing collection has an amazing home too, with shelves at his Gurgaon home which have been specially designed with top lights, false ceilings and the works.