Bottega Veneta recently announced the launch of a capsule collection of exclusive, limited-edition pieces to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the town of Palm Beach. The capsule collection, was introduced in February, and will be sold only in Bottega Veneta’s Palm Beach store.
For Creative Director Tomas Maier, who lives part of the year in South Florida, the centennial of his adopted home is truly an occasion to celebrate. “Palm Beach is a unique community,” says Maier, “with a remarkable spirit of invention. I moved to Florida from Paris in 1999 and instantly fell in love with the beauty of the city.”
The Palm Beach capsule collection consists of five items, all in brilliant Empire blue. The handbag, to be sold in a limited edition of 20, is an example of the lively and relaxed chic that characterizes Palm Beach style. A special version of a tote first shown in the Women’s Spring Summer 2011 collection, it is also a remarkable piece of craftsmanship. The bag is made from bonded panels of hand-woven intrecciato nappa leather and slightly larger panels of canvas with the edges meticulously fringed by hand. The completed panels are then washed to create a soft, relaxed effect. The tote has adjustable handles that attach with metal buckles and a removable canvas pouch. Each handbag will be numbered and the occasion inscribed on a sterling silver plate inside the bag.
The rest of the collection is equally Palm Beach-inspired. There are subtly customized sunglasses from the newest Bottega Veneta eyewear collection. Smart and sophisticated, these unisex, half-body frames are made from black acetate and burnished metal with black lenses. Sleek, slim temples made of translucent acetate reveal the internal metal structure of the side pieces. The frames are finished with Bottega Veneta’s signature metal studs, small photoengraved butterflies, and the words “Palm Beach 100” laser-etched inside the left temple. A zipper-pull wallet made of antique lizard, a shellshaped keychain of the same material, and a lush beach towel complete the resort-ready set.
“I wanted to make a small collection of items that reflect the warmth and life and style of the Palm Beach woman,” explains Maier. “Everything is Empire blue because the abundance and intensity of color is one of the best things about Palm Beach. The particular light there makes bright and vivid colors just look beautiful.
The limited-edition Palm Beach collection was introduced in February, 2011 and is currently available exclusively at the Bottega Veneta store in Palm Beach.
Also in Palm Beach this February--a luncheon and fashion show was hosted by Tomas Maier to benefit the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The show, took take place on February 11, 2011, and marked the first presentation of the Bottega Veneta Women’s Spring Summer 2011 collection in the United States.
To visit the Palm Beach store:
239 Worth Avenue
For more information, please visit www.bottegaveneta.com.
Discretion, quality, and craftsmanship — Bottega Veneta has created a new standard of luxury since its founding in Vicenza in 1966. Steeped in the traditions of Italy’s master leather craftsmen and long celebrated for its extraordinary leather goods, Bottega Veneta has recently emerged as one of the world’s premier luxury brands. The company’s famous motto, “When your own initials are enough,” expresses a philosophy of individuality and confidence that now applies to a range of products including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, furniture, and more.
While Bottega Veneta continues to grow, the qualities that define it are unchanging: outstanding craftsmanship, innovative design, contemporary functionality, and the highest quality materials. Also constant is Bottega Veneta’s commitment to its ateliers, where artisans of remarkable skill combine traditional mastery with breathtaking innovation. Indeed, there is an unusual and inspired collaboration between artisan and designer at the heart of Bottega Veneta’s approach to luxury, symbolized by the house’s signature intrecciato woven leather. In the summer of 2006, in recognition of the importance of
artisanal craftsmanship and the fragility of this traditional way of life, Bottega Veneta opened a school to train and support future generations of leather artisans.
The most recent chapter in Bottega Veneta’s history began in February 2001, when the company was acquired by Gucci Group. Creative Director Tomas Maier came on board in June of that year and presented his first collection, Spring-Summer 2002, to immediate critical acclaim. From the start, the house’s sensibility was refined, sensuous, and intensely personal, designed for a customer who is sophisticated and self-assured. Gucci Group was acquired by PPR in July of 2004. In the years since, Bottega Veneta has introduced exciting additions to the collection, including fine jewelry, a new watch, furniture, and home accessories, while continuing to offer an exclusive and coveted assortment of ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, small leather goods, eyewear, luggage, and gifts.
Distribution of Bottega Veneta products is global, encompassing Europe, Asia, North and South America, where wholesale distribution in select specialty and department stores is complemented by a growing number of Bottega Veneta-owned boutiques. These boutiques, designed by Tomas Maier and meticulously constructed to Bottega Veneta’s exacting standards, allow the customer to shop in complete luxury, privacy, and comfort. They are, like the products they showcase, a reflection of Bottega Veneta’s exceptional heritage and superlative quality.