One of the aspects I miss most about living in NYC full-time is the constant access to sample sales. I lived down the street from one of the main sample sale hubs, and sometimes walking home from work or a meeting meant popping into whatever sample sale was currently happening and snagging crazy deals.
Some brands thrive on the seasonal churn that comes with novelty, trend cycles and the constant introduction of new designs, but Bottega Veneta is not among them. Instead, the staid Italian powerhouse has a wide line of functional, beautiful bags that are useful in the lives of real women, and every season, it remixes and reimagines them and occasionally introduces new pieces instead of relying on the press that comes with splashy debuts of new It Bag hopefuls.
This past Friday, Bottega Veneta opened its second Maison in the heart of Beverly Hills at 320 North Rodeo Drive. Spanning two floors, this 4,828 sq ft store features bags, small leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, jewelry, fine jewelry, home accessories, luggage, eyewear and fragrance.
There’s nothing better than kicking off a new season with new pieces for my wardrobe. With a vibrant cobalt bag and the perfect metallic-denim pumps, my new accessory duo makes for a perfect pair. I’ve long talked about my love for Bottega Veneta and how close I feel towards the brand.
A sure fire way to make me feel like I’ve been doing this for a really long time, is realizing that my first Bottega Veneta bag I bought after I started PurseBlog was in 2007 on a trip to Venice, Italy.
Two of the bags that mean the most to me in my collection are my special order Bottega Veneta Knot Clutches. Not only are both of my bags incredibly rare (Bottega Veneta made a small number of them for a group of PurseForum members), but they are totally stunning.
Bottega Veneta is in a pretty good spot right now. The brand is one of only a handful that doesn’t need to constantly change what it’s doing in order to stay relevant; people love Bottega for amazing materials and discreet designs, and as long as those two things remain constant, the brand will always have devotees who are looking to stay away from some of the flash that other brands offer.
Typically when we talk about luxury accessories, it involves wallets, bag charms, and fobs. Some brands know how to expand their luxury accessory offerings even further and Bottega Veneta does just that. Bottega Veneta offer a full home line that includes some of the most decadent items, like a buttery soft and purely luxurious leather bed frame along with intrecciato tissue boxes to name a couple.
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.
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.
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.