BOTTEGA VENETA — Under One Roof

Those who are familiar with Italian luxury house Bottega Veneta would know who Tomas Maier is. Born in Germany and trained at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, Maier is no stranger to luxury goods as he has previously worked for esteemed brands such as Sonia Rykiel, Revillon and Hermès. 

When Maier took over Bottega Veneta in June 2011, he also introduced the Cabat bag within the same year. The Cabat’s weaving pattern is now used tastefully on every Bottega Veneta item, from the etched pattern on the bottom of glasses to chair bolsters. Under the reign of Maier, the label was known for its stealth luxury appeal.

Tomas Maier, portrait by Collier Schorr

Tomas Maier, portrait by Collier Schorr

I really like to organize this special show to celebrate these two milestones that are particularly meaningful to me, also taking the opportunity to widely gather contributors and supporters of Bottega Veneta
— Tomas Maier, Creative Director of Bottega Veneta

This year, in conjunction with the label’s 50th anniversary since its foundation in Vicenza, in the Veneto region of Italy, Maier is also marking his 15th year as the Creative Director of Bottega Veneta. On this occasion, Bottega Veneta will be presenting the Women’s and Men’s Spring Summer 2017 collections together during September’s Milan Fashion Week.

Men's FW16/17

Men's FW16/17

Women's FW16/17 close up

Women's FW16/17 close up

Women's FW16/17

Women's FW16/17

“I really like to organize this special show to celebrate these two milestones that are particularly meaningful to me, also taking the opportunity to widely gather contributors and supporters of Bottega Veneta”, declares Creative Director Tomas Maier. “The Bottega Veneta universe is built on both genders, showing both women and men together is an organic move that follows the evolution of my creative vision.”

Bringing together both collection under one roof, the integrated runway show will not be held in its usual Milan headquarters. “2016 marks an important year for Bottega Veneta and it deserves a proper celebration in view of its further development”, says CEO Carlo Alberto Beretta. “I believe this approach may be continued, moving forward into 2017 as a natural evolution”. In the meantime, we can only hope and anticipate for September to come.

Words by E.V. Leong
Photos courtesy of Bottega Veneta