Bottega Veneta’s got a brand-new bag
If you’re planning to be a social butterfly this summer, make sure you are appropriately equipped. Bottega Veneta has created a capsule collection of handbags showcasing not only the brand’s ar tisanal craf tsmanship, but also it s sig nature butterf ly. Available exclusively at Harrods from 15 May, it includes limited-edition Baby Olimpia styles, the iconic Knot design and this handwoven Cabat tote. Mallow Int recciato Butter f ly Cabat in nappa leather, £6,985.
Knobbly Studio has crept on to our radar thanks to Instagram. Its designer, Gittit Szwarc, was a martialar ts teacher who dipped her toe into professional mathematics before studying psychology at university, only to drop out and found a jewellery brand. Her love of the human form – and the way in which jewellery interacts with it–led her to tattoo artist Laurie Franck. They too ‘met’ on Instag ram, and they have subsequently turned Franck’s nude drawings into beautiful organic necklaces, earrings and pins. Wobbly, knobbly bits and all. From £30, knobblystudio.com.
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Cartier’s panther motif has been around since 1914, but the brand’s latest launch looks to the more recent past: 1983 to be precise, when the slinky Pa nt hère women’s watch was or ig ina lly relea sed. The updated desig n comes in 12 styles, from discreet, everyday steel to all-sing ing diamond and black enamel. In a first for Cartier, they a re available exclusively f rom Net-aPorter until early June. From £3,200, net-a-porter.com.
It is woven by hand from strips of double-faced leather Each bag takes three days of work to complete at the brand’s atelier in Montebello Vicentino, in Vicenza, northern Italy The Cabat was designed by Tomas Maier when he joined Bottega Veneta in 2001 For this collection, craftspeople applied 58 butterflies in different materials, weaving them together with the bag itself