Bottega Veneta for men
Italian luxury label Bottega Veneta is known above all for its high quality leather accessories. The story of the company began back in 1966. That was the year Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro brought the brand to life. Bottega Veneta roughly translates as "Venetian workshop". In the beginning they solely focused on the production of leather goods.
Both founders developed a leather plaiting technique that is second to none - the so-called "Intrecciato". To this day, it is a symbol for the highest level of craftsmanship, quality and luxury. Their products, like the Bottega Veneta bags became increasingly more popular in the years that followed. The craftsmanship and outstanding Intrecciato design speak for themselves, so there are no labels on the products. This underlined the meaning of their slogan from the 70s: "When your own initials are enough".
Bottega Veneta became the it-label for the international jet set in the 1980s. Co-founder Renzo Zengiaro left the company in the late 1970s. Michele Taddei followed him out only a few short years later. Taddei's ex-wife Laura Moltedo then moved to Vicenza to take over the running of the Bottega Veneta brand and company. The business began to decline over the years. The luxury brand was taken over by the Gucci-Group in 2001. Tomas Maier took over the design as creative director.
Tomas Maier previously worked for the world-renowned luxury label Hermès among others. He wanted to get back to the roots of the premium label, and so he removed logos that were added over time and began to emphasise the pure craftsmanship that went into each product. The unique plaited pattern was also pulled more into focus again. The range was later gradually expanded and premium jewellery, glasses but also men's and women's fashion were added.