Bottega Veneta: when your own initials are enough

Established in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy in 1966 by entrepreneurs Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro the Bottega Veneta brand aimed to create artisanal leather goods. With this in mind, they created the ‘intrecciato’ weave which continues to be one of the most recognisable elements of the brand.

Historically the Veneto region produced ready-to-wear clothing, not accessories. Subsequently, the sewing machine first used by Bottega were designed for work with cloth, not leather and due to this the artisans had to use fine leather. This was then woven into the now infamous intrecciato pattern to make the material stronger and more durable; and therefore more suitable for accessories.

In the 1970’s Bottega Veneta began using the tag line “when your own initials are enough” – reiterating the brand’s desire to create beautiful yet understated pieces that weren’t emblazoned with their logo. For this reason, the brands popularity soared!

To this day each Bottega Veneta Intecciato piece is hand crafted from start to finish by the same artisan – this ensures a continuous pressure and tension throughout the weave. Bottega have always recognised the importance of master leatherworkers and their integral part in ensuring the brand remains true to where it began.  Subsequently, in 2006 they opened a school to train and support future generations of leather artisans where courses are fully funded by the brand.

Bottega Veneta defines luxury and if you are looking for a timeless investment piece, you need look no further. We have a stunning collection of immaculate bags available at a fraction of their original prices; fall in love with them here.


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