BY LANCE AVERY MORGAN
The fact of the matter is when fine craftsmanship is created, people notice. That is seen in Bottega Veneta’s reputation for masterful craftsmanship and innovative design is deeply rooted in the heritage of the Veneto region of Italy, where artisanal technique and a reverence for beauty are passed down from generation to generation. At the heart of the brand’s approach to luxury lies an unusual and inspired collaboration between artisan and designer, a symbiosis perfectly illustrated by Bottega Veneta’s signature intrecciato woven leather. We love that.
A richly illustrated survey of the craftsmanship, design, and extraordinary materials that have made the Italian label one of the most eminent purveyors of luxury goods in the world, this book will be the ultimate volume for the true connoisseur of luxury, and a must for anyone with an interest in the evolution of this chic brand.
We learned that it all began in 1966 and has been guided since 2001 by the creative hand of Tomas Maier, Bottega Veneta stands for the discreet sophistication and refined individuality captured in its famous line, “When your own initials are enough,” a statement of purpose that now applies to a range of products including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, furniture, and fragrance, as well as the brand’s coveted leather goods.
Creative Director Tomas Maier’s understated yet rigorous design sensibility has become the hallmark of the Bottega Veneta brand, and this beautifully designed monograph, very much in keeping with his aesthetic, is the result of a collaborative effort between Maier himself, book designer Sam Shahid, and many of today’s leading lights of fashion journalism. Each chapter is devoted to a different category of luxury goods and introduced by a thoughtful, insightful essay. In the moving introduction, Maier writes of his belief in the value of handcraftsmanship and his admiration for the gifted Bottega Veneta craftspeople who are his collaborators and inspiration. Simultaneously available in English, Italian, French, and German, the trade edition will be sold in Bottega Veneta and fine book stores worldwide. There will also be a luxury edition slipcased in intrecciato leather, which will be sold exclusively in Bottega Veneta boutiques.
Edited by Tomas Maier. Foreword by Matt Tyrnauer. Contributions by Kate Betts, Tim Blanks, Joan Juliet Buck,Barbara Casavecchia, Jay Fielden, Daniel Jeffreys, Seiichi Kamei, Sarah Mower, Colombe Pringle, Ingrid Sischy, and Nick Vinson
304 pages / 220 color and B&W photos / $100. U.S. Rizzoli New York. Release date: October 2012
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