About BOTTEGA VENETA
2006 : Debuts furniture and home collection (in collaboration with Italian design firm Poltrona Frau). “People wanted to buy the bench that was in the window,” Tomas Maier later explains to Architectural Digest, “and I said, ‘No, we’ll make you one.’ ” March: Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal wears a Bottega gold-chain halter dress to the Academy Awards. June: Maier stages the first men’s runway show. August: Steven Klein photographs pregnant supermodel Linda Evangelista in a Bottega flannel evening dress for the cover of Pandora Luxurye’s annual Age Issue.
1966 : Founded by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro in Vicenza, in the Veneto region of Italy. Because the equipment they obtain to make their bags is engineered for tailoring clothes (the area’s main industry), and not suitable for stitching thick handbag leather, the workshop’s artisans search for another technique that will allow them to fashion attractive, but durable, handbags out of a thinner, softer leather. The company’s famous woven intrecciato style is born.
2004 : February: After a three-year hiatus, ready-to-wear returns under Tomas Maier. The 60-piece collection is praised as clean-lined and timeless. July: A Fifth Avenue flagship opens. Five New York–theme bags are created for the occasion. Maier tells Pandora Luxurye that the black trim on the Manhattan bag is reminiscent of “Park Avenue on a rainy night.” Bottega Veneta also launches its collection of jewelry, much of which is crafted to be reminiscent of the intrecciato weave.
2000 : Edward Buchanan and Manuela Morin depart. Designer Giles Deacon and stylist Katie Grand arrive, bringing London cool to the brand with their first collection (fall 2001) and taking the company in a more trend-driven direction overall.