- Bottega Veneta
name = Bottega Veneta
type = Subsidiary of Gucci Group
foundation = 1966
founder = Vittorio & Laura Moltedo
location_city = Vicenza
location_country = Italy
area_served = Worldwide
key_people = Tomas Maier
industry = Fashion
products = Leather goods
owner = Gucci Group
intl = yes
Bottega Veneta is a manufacturer of luxury leather goods, most famous for its "Intrecciato" line of woven leather. The company is based in
Vicenza, in the Venetoregion of northeast Italy. A family firm founded in 1966, Bottega Veneta was bought by Gucci in 2001.
Bottega Veneta was launched by Vittorio and Laura Moltedo in 1966.
However interest in the brand declined during the 1990s so in 2000, the Moltedos brought in British designer
Giles Deaconto shake up the languishing house.Citation | last =Frankel | first = Susannah | author-link = | publication-date = 2007-02-10| year = 2007 | title = Giles Deacon: King of London | periodical = The Independent | publication-place = London | pages = | url = http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/giles-deacon-king-of-london-435540.html | issn = | doi = | oclc = | accessdate = 2008-04-07] According to Deacon, the interview took place on a bed at the George V in Paris, and he got the job because Laura Moltedo liked a picture in his portfolio, of a budgerigardriving a Rolls-Royce. Under Deacon the company launched a successful line of Ready-To-Wear clothing,fact|date=April 2008 but in July 2001fact|date=April 2008 Tom Ford persuaded Gucci Groupto buy Bottega Veneta.
Ford moved Deacon to Gucci womenswear, and German-born designer
Tomas Maiertook over at Bottega Veneta. With Gucci's support, Bottega Veneta has reclaimed its leading position in the luxury leather goods market.
Bottega is best known for its hand-woven leather goods - bags, belts, and shoes. They are all handcrafted in Italy and retail for €1000 or more. Current Bottega handbags typically boast clean lines, the softest Intreciatto woven leathers, and a classic palette. Major trends are nodded to (such as patent leather and studs in autumn 2007), but always in a toned-down, easy-to-wear way. They are generally only labelled on the inside, although under Deacon, the metalwork had small, subtle logos). Bottega Veneta’s approach is best summed up by a company slogan that loosely translates as "When your own initials are enough"
Maier's aesthetic for Bottega Veneta Ready-To-Wear is more understated and classical than Deacon's "high-octane, ultra-sexy" look. Lines are simple and clean, with ladylike silhouettes and (particularly for Spring/Summer collections) Greco-Roman inspired draping and folding predominating. The colour palette consists largely of light-toned neutrals and pastels for recent Spring/Summer collections, and black, neutrals and faded colours, such as reds and yellows for Autumn/Winter 2007–08.
The company currently has boutiques in
Italy, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Denmark, Lithuania, Ukraine, Japan, Hong Kong, Guam, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Kuwait, India, the United Arab Emiratesand Saudi Arabia.
In the U.S. Bottega Veneta can be found in:
Atlantic City, NJ- The Pier Shops at Caesars
Boston- Newbury Street
Chicago- Michigan Avenue
Costa Mesa, California- South Coast Plaza
Dallas- NorthPark Center
Honolulu- Ala Moana Center
Honolulu- Kalakaua Avenue
Houston- The Galleria
*Las Vegas -
*Las Vegas - The Shops at Palazzo
Manhasset, New York- Americana Manhasset
McLean, Virginia- Tysons Galleria
Natick, Massachusetts- Natick Collection
New York City- Fifth Avenue
Palm Beach- Worth Avenue
San Francisco- Union Square
Scottsdale, Arizona- Scottsdale Fashion Square
*Wailea, Maui - Shops at Wailea
Notes and references
* [http://www.bottegaveneta.com www.bottegaveneta.com] Bottega Veneta
* [http://www.guccigroup.com www.guccigroup.com] Gucci Group
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