Bottega Veneta's unique take on luxury comes courtesy of a team of exceptionally skilled artisans who turn craftsmanship into wearable art. Although heritage plays an important role in its modern-day identity, it is creative director Daniel Lee’s recent design contributions – most notably those square-toed mules and The Pouch – that confirm the label’s cult status. Founded in Vicenza in 1966, the Italian label is steeped in tradition, with leather accessories and its signature intrecciato weave (a technique so valued the brand has set up its own school to train future generations) acting as the cornerstone of the Bottega Veneta DNA. In an age where look-at-me logos are now de rigueur, Bottega Veneta proves that tradition can be just as powerful a statement – a sentiment echoed through its motto: “When your own initials are enough.”
Arco, Cassette, Jodie and The Pouch; so many must-have pieces, so little time! Only the speediest shoppers will bag Bottega Veneta’s accessories, which have been flying off the shelves at a rate of knots since new creative director Daniel Lee joined the brand. Show no mercy; it’s everyone for themselves.
Daniel Lee can, it seems, do no wrong. Lee’s forte is real-world elegance – a carryover from his tenure as ready-to-wear director under Phoebe Philo at Celine, perhaps. He is our name to know from fashion’s ‘modern luxury’ vanguard, taking Bottega Veneta’s historic tropes – woven leather, for one – and making them his own.
Milan Fashion Week
Milan Fashion Week
After the roaring success of his first two runway collections (and, of course, that ubiquitous Chain Cassette), Daniel Lee’s third show for Bottega Veneta was one of AW20’s most highly anticipated – and it didn’t disappoint. From floor-sweeping fringing and laid-back ribbed knits, to vibrant colour combinations and sequinned midi dresses, there was plenty for the fashion crowd to love.
With his AW20 menswear collection for Bottega Veneta, Daniel Lee further developed his understated, elegant vision that has proved so appealing over the past seasons. A highlight was the outerwear, which ran a spectrum from textured knitwear and padded gilets, to streamlined black coats, neatly cropped jackets and elevated trenches.