Bottega Veneta

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Bottega Veneta
Founded1966; 55 years ago (1966) in Vicenza, Veneto
Headquarters6, Via Ercole Marelli,
Area served
Key people
Bartolomeo Rongone (CEO)
Daniel Lee (creative director)
ProductsReady-to-wear, handbags, shoes, accessories, jewellery, fragrances.
Revenue€1.168 billion (2019)

Bottega Veneta (pronounced [botˈteːɡa ˈvɛːneta]) is an Italian luxury fashion house based in Milan, Italy. Its product lines for men and women include ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, accessories, jewellery and fragrances.

Bottega Veneta was founded in 1966 in Vicenza, Veneto, by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro. Its Intrecciato leather-weaving was an instant hit. After the company was purchased by the Gucci Group in 2001, a new “stealth wealth” pulse revived Bottega Veneta. The company opened La Scuola dei Maestri Pellettieri di Bottega Veneta (school of leather craftsmanship) in 2006, which is located in its new atelier in Montebello Vicentino since 2013.

Daniel Lee has been the creative director of Bottega Veneta since June 2018, and Bartolomeo Rongone the CEO since September 2019. In 2019, Bottega Veneta operated 268 stores for 3,754 employees, and generated 1.168 billion euros in sales (1.109 billion euros in 2018).[1] . Bottega Veneta is a subsidiary of the luxury group Kering.


The Intrecciato success[edit]

Bottega Veneta was established in 1966 in Vicenza, Italy[2] by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro. Crafting artisanal leather goods, the brand developed a distinctive leather weaving design, the Intrecciato, which instantly became Bottega Veneta's iconic look.[3] "When your own initials are enough" became the brand’s historic slogan because the crafted Intrecciato made Bottega Veneta’s products immediately recognizable, and its logo only appeared discreetly on the inside of its products.[4][5]

In 1972, Bottega Veneta opened its first store in the USA, in New York City.[3] In the mid-1970s, the company started to make shoes.[6]

Renzo Zengiaro left the company at the end of the 1970s. Soon after, Michele Taddei handed over the company to his ex-wife Laura Braggion, who headed the company with her second husband Vittorio Moltedo from then on.[7] She moved to New York to develop the company and became a member of the local jetset.[8] In 1980, the actress Lauren Hutton carried a Bottega Veneta Intrecciato bag in the movie American Gigolo.[9] In 1985, Andy Warhol made the short film Bottega Veneta Industrial Videotape.[10][8]

During the 1990s, Bottega Veneta launched its first ready-to-wear collection.[6]

"Stealth wealth" revival[edit]

In February 2001, the former Gucci Group acquired Bottega Veneta for $156 million.[11] The following May, Patrizio di Marco was appointed CEO, and in June Tomas Maier creative director.[12] Vogue coined the term “stealth wealth” to describe the brand’s new style.[13]

The brand launched a fashion jewellery line in 2002, followed by a fine jewellery line in 2006.[14] By 2005, the company was profitable again.[15] From 2001 to 2010, Bottega Veneta's sales grew by 15 times.[16] Bottega Veneta presented its first women's ready-to-wear runway show in February 2005 and its first men's runway show in June 2006.[17] In January 2009, Marco Bizzarri succeeded to Patrizio di Marco as CEO of Bottega Veneta.[18] In June 2011, Bottega Veneta launched its first women's fragrance Eau de Parfum.[19] In 2012, Bottega Veneta's sales reached the $1 billion mark.[20]

Craftsmanship and modernism[edit]

In 2006, Bottega Veneta launched a 3-year, tuition-free training program in partnership with the 4-century-old Scuola d'Arte e Mestieri di Vicenza.[21] Bottega Veneta launched the Women's Mountain Cooperatives in 2011, independent artisanal leather workshops for unemployed women of the Alto Astico and Posina mountain community.[22] Bottega Veneta opened a first manufacturing site Manifattura Veneta Pelletterie in Altavilla Vicentina in 2011, and a second in Malo in 2012.[23] In 2011, La Scuola dei Maestri Pellettieri di Bottega Veneta created a 3-month post-graduate course with the Università Iuav di Venezia to train students to advanced handbag design and product development.[24]

In 2013, Bottega Veneta moved its atelier from Vicenza to a historic 18th-century villa surrounded by a 590,000-square-foot park near Montebello Vicentino.[25] The renovation of the property underwent a strict environmental process.[26] Bottega Veneta also opened its first flagship store, a 11,448 square-foot boutique in a historical building on Via Sant'Andrea in Milan.[27] In April 2014, Marco Bizzarri stepped down as CEO of Bottega Veneta[28] and Carlo Alberto Beretta became the company's new CEO in January 2015.[29]

In 2016, the brand's second flagship store opened on North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.[30] The company announced it would unify its men and women's shows.[31] During the company's 50th anniversary show at the Accademia di Brera, the Bottega Veneta clutch bag carried by Lauren Hutton in the 1980 movie American Gigolo was revived (and renamed The Lauren 1980).[32] In October 2016, Claus-Dietrich Lahrs was appointed CEO of Bottega Veneta.[33] In 2018, Bottega Veneta opened a 6-floor flagship store in Ginza, Tokyo, in a building designed as a tribute to the capital's architectural modernism.[34] In January 2018, Bottega Veneta opened a 15,000-square-foot store - its third flagship store - on the corner of Madison and 64th Street in New York City.[5][35] In June 2018, Tomas Maier stepped down as creative director of Bottega Veneta.[36]

The "New Bottega"[edit]

In June 2018, Kering appointed Daniel Lee as creative director of Bottega Veneta.[37] He launched the Pouch clutch bag which became the fastest selling bag in the history of the brand.[38] He maintained the brand's emphasis on well-crafted, logoless and simplicity-driven products.[39]

In June 2019, Kering appointed Bartolomeo Rongone as CEO of Bottega Veneta.[40] The company announced the opening of a third, 64,583-foot-square Manifattura Veneta Pelletterie site in Dueville[41] and opened its first store in Miami (the first under the direction of Daniel Lee).[42] By the end of 2019, as the sales of Gucci started to deflate, Bottega Veneta turned into Kering's next rising star.[43]


Bottega Veneta store in Paris.

Bottega Veneta is an Italian luxury fashion house specialized in ready-to-wear for both men and women as well as handbags, shoes, accessories, jewellery and fragrances. Bottega Veneta’s most popular items are the Cabat, the Knot  and the Pouch bags.[6] The Cabat's complex weaving craftsmanship requires 2 artisans for 2 full days of work.[44]

Bottega Veneta is headquartered in Milan, Italy. The company is a subsidiary of the luxury group Kering. In 2019, Bottega Veneta's sales reached 1.168 billion euros.[1]



  • 2001-2008: Patrizio di Marco
  • 2009-2014: Marco Bizzarri
  • 2015-2016: Carlo Beretta
  • 2016-2019: Claus-Dietrich Lahrs
  • Since 2019: Bartolomeo Rongone

Creative directors

  • Until the end of 1970s: Renzo Zengiaro
  • 1980s-2001: Laura Braggion
  • 2001-2018: Tomas Maier
  • Since 2018: Daniel Lee



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  • Maier, Tomas (2015). Bottega Veneta: When Your Own Initials Are Enough. Rizzoli. ISBN 9780847837885.
  • Maier, Tomas (2015). Bottega Veneta : Art of Collaboration. Rizzoli. ISBN 978-0-8478-4603-0.

See also[edit]


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