Collection Bottega Veneta
For what turned out to be his last collection for Bottega Veneta, Tomas Maier had chosen to relocate his 2018 Fall/Winter show to New York, where the brand inaugurated a new flagship. After the golden theaters of Milan, Tomas Maier chose the American Stock Exchange, redecorated for the occasion into a luxurious apartment. The German designer had caught the energy of the city. The first look he presented was a luxurious reedition of a New Yorker’s silhouette: a coat thrown on top of silk pajamas to walk out and buy a coffee. Nonetheless, he also stuck with the retro and delicate aesthetic that made the Italian label’s success. The Bottega Veneta woman, refined as a film noir heroine, also wanders in long, rich coats and ultra-light patchwork dresses. As for accessories, the brand lived up to its high-end leather goods reputation by presenting unique and delicately worked leather accessories that highlight the label’s timeless and cross-border know-how.
Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro founded Bottega Veneta in 1966. At the time, the artisan leather goods brand became renowned for Intrecciato, a technique developed in the House’s Venetian workshops, which consisted of braiding skin strips to strengthen the leather. The label quickly met success and international jet set became loyal customers. However, in the late 80s, the brand declined with the arrival of a new management team that launched the logo bag "BV". In 2001, Tom Ford, who then managed the Gucci Group, which had just bought the label, called on Tomas Maier. The German designer went back to basics, focusing on the expertise and on the quality of Vincenza's House accessories. In February 2005, the brand presented its first women's ready-to-wear collection, followed by a men’s ready-to-wear line in 2006. Since then, the label has also expanded its business with jewelry and interior design.
Tomas Maier was born in Pforzheim, Germany, in April 1975. He moved to Paris, where he took classes at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, before joining the teams of several major fashion Houses such as Sonia Rykiel, Revillon, Guy Laroche and Hermes where he worked for nine years. In 1997, the fashion designer founded his eponymous brand before moving to the United States two years later. In 2013, Kering, now owner of Bottega Veneta, also invested in his personal label.