Bottega Veneta is a fashion house established in 1966 by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro. The duo opened their first atelier in Vicenza, Italy, between Venice and Verona. The name of the brand means "venetian workshop" in Italian.
The technique of the signature woven leather was created by Bottega Veneta in the late 1960’s. The Veneto region was actually specialized in producing ready-to-wear instead of accessories. When Bottega Veneta began manufacturing, the sewing machines in the workshops were designed to work with cloth not leather. The artisans had to use super fine leather to get under the needle. The leather they used was then woven into the intrecciato pattern to make the material stronger and more durable for accessories.
With their own braiding technique and the quality of their work the brand became widely popular. The brand led the way in introducing soft, deconstructed handbags, as opposed to the usual rigid structure that originated with the French school.
When your own initials are enough
When Renzo Zengiaro and Michele Taddei retired from the company in the 1990s, the brand's success began to dwindle. However, the Gucci Groupacquired the brand in 2001 and pointed Creative Director to Tomas Maier. His vision was to bring the brand back to its former glory. He started doing this by removing all visible logos from the brand's products. It was the company’s motto “When your own initials are enough”, which truly encapsulated what the brand stood for. Furthermore he made the signature intrecciato weave a prominent feature on all leather goods and finally took the brand's focus back to the artisanal production.
About the bag
The classic material Bottega Veneta uses for their bags is Nappa leather but sometimes they use other materials for limited edition bags. The bags are oftend lined with suede to provide structure and heft. However the linings of clutches or evening bags are mostly made of satin or cotton.
The Knot Clutch, or simply known as the Knot, was introduced in 2001 and became a symbol of Bottega Veneta. Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director, Tomas Maier called it "A link to the company’s history and to its future,”. When he joined Bottega Veneta in 2001, he took a look at the clutch Bottega Veneta previously designed, and decided to give it a make-over by incorporating this motif as the new clasp, and now it’s one of their most recognizable icons.