The Italian luxury goods house Bottega Veneta is different to other labels in that it whispers rather than screams style.
While its polished peers use logos to attract attention there’s a series of codes you can crack to enter the Bottega Veneta mindset.
To help crack the code and celebrate Bottega Veneta’s store on Melbourne’s Collins St, a team of artisans arrived in the southern city for Masters of Craft at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
At first sight, The Knot clutch’s cool characteristics almost escape the eye. Look closer and you will see the hand-woven strips of leather enveloping a curved compact case.
If the chic leather doesn’t give its provenance away, look for the knot clasp and you realise that you’re in the A league.
Add your own stamp to your BV handbag by getting your initials interwoven into your Cabat, Roma or Veneta bag. Just head into the BV boutique and they will arrange for the work to take place in Italy. For an extra dose of chic have your initials embossed on a silver plaque inside.
The roomy Cabat handbag sits among Birkins and Kellys as a sign of jet-set chic. To weave these beauties artisans must stand and use nearly 100 strips of leather. For just this medium version this takes at least two days.
For one night the Cabat was made in Melbourne but it is usually made at the Bottega Veneta atelier in Montebello Vicentino n Vicenza.
Look to the future with The Checker Lacy Piazza Bag, which made its first appearance in the Resort 19 collection. The interwoven leather is here but it’s the perforations resembling lacework that add a new code to the list.