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Bottega Veneta is impressive in a lot of ways–materials, construction, longevity–but perhaps most impressive is the brand’s refusal to float along with the trends of the moment. At Bottega, creative director Tomas Maier instead uses brand signatures, woven intrecciato leather and beyond, to construct a wardrobe of bags that real, grown women would be proud to wear.

Bottega Veneta Spring Summer 2015 Collection

The understated elegance Tomas Maier creates for Bottega Veneta translates across all platforms, from his collections to his campaigns. The latest video showcasing The Art of Collaboration from the house was directed by Tomas, along with famed Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki.

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Bag: Bottega Veneta Nappa and Leather Intrecciato Tote

Price: $4,400 via LUISAVIAROMA

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Bottega Veneta usually sticks with the classics, but the irregular stripes and gentle shading at the edges of the flat blush panels give this functional tote a ton of texture and visual depth.

Bottega Veneta Olimpia Bag

Bottega Veneta is known for beautiful designs, and while you shouldn’t expect the next trendy bag from the house, you should expect to see new timeless bags. There are so many bags from Bottega Veneta that I love, and now add the new Olimpia Bag to my lust-list.

Bottega Veneta Roma - Mother's Day Pairs

Event: A Day at the Met Museum

Our Bags: Bottega Veneta Large Roma and Bottega Veneta Small Roma

Price: $3,570 for the Large and $3,520 for the Small

What To Do: Spend your day at the largest art museum in the United States and take in over two million works of art.

Bottega Veneta Initials: The Artisans (1)

Bottega Veneta and craftsmanship go hand in hand, but most customers never get to witness the work of the brand’s meticulously trained Italian artisans. When the opportunity to watch them ply their craft presents itself, you don’t want to miss it.

BV initials

Two years ago, Bottega Veneta introduced a personalization service, aptly named Bottega Veneta Initials. Vlad and I were part of the launch of this event in Italy and were able to see how the artisans from the Bottega Veneta atelier carefully added the letters to BV’s signature Intrecciato bags.

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Nappa Ayers Messenger Bag

One of my first major designer handbag purchases was a Bottega Veneta bag on a trip to Venice, Italy. It was a dream in every way; it was my first trip to Italy, the weather was immaculate and the store was beautiful.

Bottega Veneta Fall 2014 Bags

Last season, Bottega Veneta’s runway handbag display was a little sparse for a brand that’s so widely known and beloved for its fine leather goods, and I couldn’t help but wonder if that meant the brand was attempting to shift more of the focus to Tomas Maier’s luxurious, elegant ready-to-wear.

Charlize Theron Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Nappa Convertible Bag

Charlize Theron was recently spotted running a few casual errands in LA while carrying a sumptuous, woven leather Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Nappa Convertible Bag. Bottega Veneta bags really seem to do wonders for classing up any outfit (see: Kim Kardashian), even when you’re just running around town in Nike sneaks.

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