IN FOCUS: BOTTEGA VENETA

Byline: Alessandra Ilari

Inspired by the success of Bottega Veneta’s handwoven handbags, Laura Moltedo, president and creative director of the leather goods company, says she decided to try her hand at fashion for a good reason: “I wanted to accessorize the bags and shoes.” She tested the idea last season with a capsule collection “mixing simple pieces with the accessories.” For spring, Moltedo stepped up the pace with more than 50 pieces that bypassed the trendy trap in favor of understated elegance: Off-white Ultrasuede pants paired with a peach matte jersey halter top, or a cream pantsuit cut from paper-thin leather.
All the clothes are made by small workshops in the Veneto region, where Bottega Veneta is based. Wholesale prices start at $96 for a jersey top and climb to $576 for an unlined leather blazer.
In the last few seasons, Moltedo has also beefed up the handbag collection, which counts Sharon Stone, Anne Bass and Nancy Reagan as customers. This season, she added sea-foam calfskin totes, geometric black nylon totes with shiny metal handles, and for evening, beaded metal wire numbers lined in silk organdy.
In the U.S, the accessories are carried in Bottega Veneta’s 12 stores plus Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s. To showcase the wider product range, the company just opened a new showroom in Milan and is planning to renovate its existing 30 worldwide boutiques.

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