Necessity is the mother of invention – without encountering a problem that requires an elegant solution, innovation would never occur. That’s exactly what took place in the Bottega Veneta workshops in the late 1960s when the artisans realized that their sewing machines were equipped to work with cloth, not leather, so they were forced to work with super fine leather instead.
In order to strengthen the delicate leather pieces they were working with, they wove them together to make the overall structure stronger and more durable – and thus Bottega Veneta’s iconic intrecciato weave was born. Although its real-world presence as a status symbol is an undeniable aspect of the Bottega Veneta DNA, the innovative weave is also a metaphor for the brand’s heritage itself. It has woven together tradition (artisan-crafted leather working, hand-crafted accessories, thoughtfully designed ready-to-wear) with modernity, feminine codes with masculine confidence, and minimalist silhouettes with the highest quality luxury materials.
This is especially true of the new Daniel Lee era at Bottega Veneta, which first debuted to roaring praise with his sublime Pre Fall 2019 collection. His masterful fusion of perfectly calibrated separates and accessories with eccentric touches had everyone rushing to declare Bottega Veneta as the coolest brand in fashion. Even we were instantly smitten with this collection, and appreciated the careful attention that it paid to the intrecciato weave that made its way onto everything from sweaters to duckbill-shaped shoes. Constructed on such a solid foundation, and touched with thought-provoking details, Lee’s debut was a surefire success right out of the gate.
This duality of worlds collide in Savoir Flair’s exclusive shoot for Bottega Veneta Pre Fall 2019. An industrial marble factory and an adrogynous model, a collision that highlights the duality of both luxury and discretion, feminine and masculine, high and low, sharp and soft, refined and raw.
Photographer Francesco Scotti Editor-in-Chief Haleh Nia Fashion Director Grace Gordon Head of Production Maya Itani Junior Producer Maria Popova Videographer Emiliano Arganaraz Stylist Amine Jreissati Makeup & Hair Artist Nadine at MMG Model Noor at Wilhelmina
A special thank you to Ascon Marble & Granite