Ob­ject of De­sire

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The chic yet un­der­stated out­doors-ready Sas­sol­ungo back­pack by Bot­tega Veneta

While many brands are not just dou­bling down on lo­gos, but in­vent­ing new ones, Bot­tega Veneta is stay­ing true to its re­strained aes­thetic. “I have talked about the idea of pri­vate lux­ury for a long time,” its cre­ative di­rec­tor To­mas Maier said ear­lier this year. “It’s al­ways been some­thing I can re­late to. I don’t like to be os­ten­ta­tious and out-there, it’s not my cup of tea.” He was speak­ing from the mai­son’s new flag­ship store at 740 Madi­son Av­enue, New York, a space that per­fectly ex­presses Bot­tega’s un­der­stated chic, as well as Maier’s love for that city. The bag here, from the AW ’18 col­lec­tion, is a good ex­am­ple. El­e­gant, func­tional and hand­made to the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dard in tech­ni­cal ny­lon and matt for­est green calf leather, it fea­tures patch pock­ets in the trade­mark in­trec­ciato wo­ven de­tail­ing. £1,775; bot­te­gaveneta.com

Words by Char­lie Teas­dale Pho­to­graph by Char­liee Gates

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