Tomas Maier always applies logic to luxury. He likes things to make sense, whether it’s opening his showroom and offices in the same building as Bottega Veneta, where he serves as creative director, or designing almost all his accessories to be unisex. “A lot of this product I see as very cross-gender,” he said, handling a bag that’s technically “men’s.” But, he asked, “Why am I not selling this to a woman? Who am I to say you cannot buy this?”
Maier expanded his women’s and men’s assortments to include full accessories ranges and much more in terms of clothes for resort — apropos since the line started 15 years ago with swimwear, cashmere and jersey designed for time off. Here he played to the world’s increasingly casual lifestyle with elevated basics done in cotton, jersey, merino, cashmere and silk — “all materials that feel good on your skin,” he said.
A utilitarian undercurrent ran through the men’s and women’s lines. Shirts, knits and easy tailored pieces came in classic silhouettes charged with subtle details, such as a peacoat with raw edges and sweaters with chunky ribbing. Touches of leather and silk on languid pajama looks upped the aura of relaxed luxury.
For shoes, there was not a high heel in sight on the espadrilles, slides and ballerinas. Stylish understatement was consistent through bags, belts, wood and ebony jewelry and scarves designed for the plane and the cubicle. “I call this one AC,” said Maier. “For when you’re in the office and the air conditioning comes on so high you have a scratchy throat at home.”