The first monograph on the luxury house Bottega Veneta, renowned for its superb craftsmanship and understated, no-logo elegance. Bottega Veneta's illustrious history reaches back to a time when the brand was known primarily for its soft, handcrafted leather handbags. Today, the house is renowned not only for its coveted leather goods but also for a remarkable range of luxury products. Now, as then, the brand stands for the discreet sophistication and refined individuality captured in its famous line, 'When your own initials are enough.' This beautifully designed and slipcased monograph, the first book to explore the world of Bottega Veneta, is the rich result of a collaborative effort between creative director Tomas Maier, designer Sam Shahid, and many of today's leading lights of fashion journalism. With luxury craftsmanship at its core, Bottega Veneta is an illustrative tour de force through the materials, artisanship, and extraordinary products that have made the Italian label one of the most eminent luxury goods houses. Tomas Maier's understated design sensibility, a mixture of restraint and passion, has become the hallmark of the Bottega Veneta brand. This is the ultimate volume for the true connoisseur of luxury handcraftsmanship.
In 2002, Tomas Maier, Bottega Veneta's Creative Director, launched the Art of Collaboration-a project that invites a world-renowned photographer or contemporary artist to collaborate on the Italian brand's campaign for each season. With more than a thousand photographs, this book chronicles the comprehensive series of creative partnerships since the beginning. Divided by each seasonal campaign from 2002 to 2016, Bottega Veneta: Art of Collaboration documents the collaborations between Tomas Maier and all the artists who have contributed to the creation of Bottega Veneta's advertising portfolio including Lord Snowdon, Annie Leibovitz, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Robert Longo, Nan Goldin, Nick Knight, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, and others. These creative individuals translate Bottega Veneta's timeless and refined elegance into beautifully cinematic campaigns season after season. Tomas Maier, whose résumé includes positions at Sonia Rykiel and Hermès, joined Bottega Veneta in 2001 as Creative Director and re-established the original identity of the brand founded in Vicenza in 1966, focusing on its values and original motto, 'When your own initials are enough.' Since joining, Maier guided the company with his distinctive vision of functional design and holistic creativity built around the dynamism of the collaborative process. Collaboration at Bottega Veneta is not only a meaningful alliance between the creative vision of its designer and the innovative techniques of the Italian master craftspeople, but extends to the way Bottega Veneta partners with talents on its advertising portfolio, and other initiatives. Featuring some of today's brightest visionaries working in photography, often from outside the world of fashion, Bottega Veneta: Art of Collaboration illustrates how they have each interpreted the house's modernist aesthetic and material elegance, resulting in a book that will be an essential volume for photography aficionados.