I don’t know what more exciting, the world’s largest Bottega Veneta boutique in NYC in February 2018 at 740 Madison Ave, or the icons of New York capsule collection Creative Director Tomas Maier designed to mark the occasion! Bottega Veneta is one of my all time favorite brands, due in large part to Maier’s unwavering dedication to not only the heritage of the house and focus on artisanal production but to innovation and modern design.
For the 33-piece range of men’s and women’s leather goods, small leather goods and phone cases, Maier interpreted quintessential motifs of New York, merging them with Bottega Veneta’s own iconic styles.
“We wanted to commemorate this moment in New York in a really special way. ‘Icons of New York’ is really about talking to New Yorkers and giving them what they love. We took our own iconic styles like the Veneta hobo and the Brick Backpack and created an homage to the city by merging them with all these quintessential motifs— the skyline, the colorful and graphic subway map and the grid of the city, which you recognize immediately if you know it.” says Maier in an exclusive interview with us.
Among the women’s styles are the Intrecciato NY Chain Knot embroidered in silvery Lurex thread with a graphic skyline that, on closer look, is made up of tiny block letters spelling out “New York” (how fun is that?! A secret code!).
Another take on the unmistakable Manhattan vista, the Intrecciato MidnightCesta shopper has a discreet tone-on-tone embroidery of shadowy skyscrapers. While the city’s architecture is a perennial inspiration for Maier, he also explored the city’s quirkier elements in a Veneta hobo bag quilted with pop symbols of both New York and Bottega Veneta called the Intrecciato Boutis NY.
Maier also drew inspiration from the colorful map of the New York City Subway. “Anyone who likes graphic design will immediately recognize it,” said Maier. And he’s right, I think this might be my favorite one of the collection!
The Intrecciato Tube Olimpia bag is made with a molded padding to raise the map’s tubes into relief. The Intrecciato Stops Loop shows the various routes traced in inlaid leather with brunito studs marking the stops. All four workmanships are also available in Biletto Chain mini bags and phone cases.
The men’s styles reference the city’s skyline as well as its geography. The Intrecciato North-East workmanship, available on the Brick backpack and Citydoc document case, portrays the soaring buildings in subtle embroidery as if drawn by a charcoal pencil. The Intrecciato Prospect combines laser and embroidery work to create a 3-D effect that has the look of the cityscape as interpreted in a graphic novel. It comes on a Brick backpack and Tote. Another style, the Intrecciato Manhattan Craquelé, takes cues from the city’s grid of streets. It utilizes inlay leather work that’s precisely cut and pieced together by hand to recreate an abstract map of Manhattan on the Tote and Citydoc. The effect is so discreet, says Maier, “at first you almost don’t see it.” The Intrecciato Boutis NY quilting is also used on the Double Brick backpack.
“Icons of New York” will be exclusive to the Bottega Veneta New York Maison and can be purchased as of this week at the new store – 740 Madison Avenue at 64th street, or by calling 800 845 6790
In March, the range will be available at Bottega Veneta boutiques in Brookfield Place, Americana Manhasset, Boston and King of Prussia. The styles can also be ordered starting February 6th on bottegaveneta.com.
If you’re a Bottega lover like me, you need to order ASAP! These limited edition pieces are highly collectible and will be the Crown Jewels of your BV collection.