It's hard to recall a time where Bottega Veneta did without Tomas Maier. Just like their signature woven leather goods, its ready-to-wear collections are exemplary of discreet opulence. Expertly milled double-faced cashmeres, wools and skins, born of one man's vision for quiet luxury: "It is very calm, very assured," he's said, in reference to his fall 2016 menswear collection.
Marking two milestones this spring — Bottega Veneta's 50th anniversary and Maier's 15 year reign — the humble house takes to the hallways of Milan's Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera for its inaugural combined runway show. Presenting the men's and women's collections together for the very first time, Maier's move to take the brand back to school bears commmendable significance: An endorsement of Brera Academy's fine arts programme, and a role in nuturing the city's seeds of creativity through scholarships for students of the academy.
"Bottega Veneta is about the creative work of the hand. To celebrate my 15th anniversary, and the 50th of the house, I am happy to stage our show at the Accademia, and to do so in the presence of all the artisans and people who have supported us," Maier explained.
The Bottega Veneta spring 2017 runway show will take place on 24 September.