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BOTTEGA VENETA BAGS
Bottega Veneta handbags tell stories. Real and imaginary stories. Each Bottega Veneta bag speaks of the historical tradition of a house that aimed to make Italian craftsmanship a global icon. And several decades later, it can be said that their work has been achieved.
Bottega Veneta bags are icons of our times. "Their value is measured in days, not hours," as stated in Craft in Motion, a documentary by the house about the bond that handbags create between craftsman and wearer. Directed by Massimiliano Bomba, the short film perfectly captures the manual spirit of Bottega Veneta handbags.
History of Bottega Veneta bags
The first iconic bag from the Venetian brand was the Bottega Veneta Cabat bag. Its design encapsulated the first 30 years of the brand's minimalist and artisanal aesthetic tradition. Composed of up to 100 individual interwoven leather fibres, the Cabat made its debut with Tomas Maier's collections in 2001. The creative, who remained at the helm of the house until 2018, is the mind behind many of the house's icons, now reimagined for contemporary needs and designs. But always without losing its essence, remaining true to the soul of the house.
The woven leather, in Bottega Veneta's own vocabulary, intertwines using a technique known as intrecciato. Intrecciato was born simultaneously with the brand in 1966, when the founders turned necessity into a virtue. At its inception, Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro had only machinery that worked with regular fabrics, not leather. Therefore, they advocated for using ultra-fine leather and weaving it to make it more resilient than ever. The result is the most distinctive weave and texture of the brand.
The significance of Bottega Veneta handbags is perceived at different levels within and outside the house. As best-selling pieces, they underline centuries of artisanal tradition in their native Italy. Such is the concern for the maintenance of this centuries-old art, that Bottega Veneta has already established two of its own schools for manual craftsmanship to train and provide employment for the future generation of craftsmen in the country.
Famous models of Bottega Veneta handbags
Among the multitude of Bottega Veneta handbag designs, one of the most notable aspects is their diversity in designs and sizes. Generally, the same model will have a wide range of sizes. This allows for adaptation to different tastes and customer needs.
As mentioned, the Cabat bag was one of the first and most iconic bags established in the public's mind by Bottega. It was followed by models like the Bottega Veneta Jodie bag, which, in its various sizes and colours, utilises the hobo silhouette to enfold our belongings in a circular design. In 2020, the knot model was introduced, a leather knot that would become a common symbolic feature in the house's pieces.
Models like the Cassette have gone through different stages of development. Maintaining their essence and practicality, the Bottega Veneta Cassette bag is one of the perfect examples of Bottega's constant research and innovation. Its range of designs and its commitment to consistency adapted to modernity make it a defining brand of the 21st century.
Newer models, such as the Bottega Veneta Sardine bag or the Bottega Veneta Andiamo bag, are a response of that creativity to the needs of the current century. From the mind of Matthieu Blazy, who took over the creative direction from Daniel Lee in 2022, these absolutely viral models demonstrate that Bottega Veneta's philosophy is key to its success. A constant commitment to timelessness readapted to modernity, with perfectly calculated maximalism and a protectionism of Italian culture, are pillars of the house.
How to wear Bottega Veneta handbags
In the house's fashion shows, handbags are often seen as the focal point of outfits. Their technique and manual workmanship are emphasised in minimalist and simple ensembles, highlighting the presence of these works of craftsmanship and recounting stories of tradition made in Italy.
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