The Insider: Bottega Veneta Bespoke

Traditional craftsmanship has been at the centre of Bottega Veneta since the brand’s beginnings, thanks to the exceptional quality of its workmanship, the focus on innovation in both design and craftsmanship and the appeal of its tactful, no-logo design aesthetic.

Founded by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro in the late Sixties, the name literally translates as “Venetian workshop”, and today the collaboration between designer and artisan remains very much at the heart of the brand.

The customisation programme is made available to a select few in an event in a chosen city for a few days at a time. This allows the brand’s most dedicated customers to work one-on-one with the leather artisans in Vicenza, in the Veneto region of north-east Italy. It was formed in 2006 to ensure the company’s focus on artisanal output remained, its motto is “When your own initials are enough”.

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Bottega Veneta: Discreet, elite appeal has returned

When Tomas Maier was appointed creative director of Bottega Veneta in 2001, the Italian brand was teetering. Straying from its 1966 roots in understated leather luxury goods, it blared logos and blew with the whims of fashion.

Among Maier’s first moves were to restore the house’s slogan “When your own initials are enough” and, he said, to “burn any material with a logo on it.”…

Bottega Veneta: Discreet, elite appeal has returned

A look from Bottega Veneta's fall collection

A look from Bottega Veneta’s fall collection

Bottega Veneta publishes its first book

Bottega Veneta‘s quiet revolution started in the 1960s. Back then, the luxury leather goods arena was saturated with logo-driven offerings, but Bottega Veneta entered the market as a no-logo concern, swiftly adopting the high-minded slogan ‘When your own initials are enough’. And eschewing the trend for stiff, structured forms, the label from Veneto went for softer, more pliable glove leather to shape its designs.

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