SCENT OF LEATHER: Manuel Puig, Nina Ricci president and a scion of the Puig fragrance empire, took in the Bottega Veneta show Saturday morning, but waved away the rumor wafting through the room: Could a Bottega Veneta perfume be in the offing?

“I’m here just to say hello to Tomas,” he insisted, referring to Bottega’s designer Tomas Maier, adding, “He’s doing a good job here.”

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Asked if fragrance could be a near-term project for Bottega, chief executive Marco Bizzarri said, “We’re keeping our eyes open.”

Preempting further speculation, Puig said he would also attend the Marni show because his wife operates four Marni stores in Spain.