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.
Presented in London and shrouded in secrecy, Bottega Veneta’s Spring/Summer 2021 show was characterised by a sense of intimacy that extended to the collection itself. Inspired by the sentimental connections that often form between clothing and wearer, Daniel Lee offered pared-back silhouettes and tactile knits with a comforting hint of retro, hand-me-down charm.
Showcasing the elegantly understated vision that has made Daniel Lee such a hit with the fashion set, Bottega Veneta’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection offered a comprehensive compendium of wardrobe essentials for the discerning gentleman. The wide-leg trousers, crocheted sweaters and contemporary knit suits are all icons in the making.