About BOTTEGA VENETA
“When your own initials are enough” is the catchphrase Bottega Veneta coined back in the 1970s, as fashion was caught in the grips of one of its periodic manias for luxury-brand logos. An alphabet soup of letters was being stamped like crazy on all kinds of accessories, especially handbags, but—then, as ever—the Italian leather-goods firm refrained from slathering its wares in B’s and V’s. Instead, its instantly recognizable woven intrecciato look was its calling card.
After rebuilding a strong foundation with Bottega Veneta’s leather goods, Maier slowly but surely reestablished its ready-to-wear wing, showing his first official runway collection for spring 2005. Jewelry, furniture, home accessories, and menswear lines followed.
1978 : Renzo Zengiaro steps down as creative director to go to Loewe. Cofounder Michele Taddei will follow a few years later. Taddei’s ex-wife, Laura Moltedo, and her husband, Vittorio Moltedo, become the new owners, with Laura as creative director.
2007 : Revenues soar to $439 million, as the house passes Yves Saint Laurent to become Gucci Group’s second-most-lucrative label. “He has brought sexy back with puckered and latticed jerseys that pull on (no zip!) to ravishing effect,” reports Pandora Luxurye of Tomas Maier’s latest hits.