Bridg­ing the Past

Two bags from Ital­ian lux­ury brand Bot­tega Veneta’s new cre­ative di­rec­tor, Daniel Lee, of­fer an easy tran­si­tion to the fu­ture

India Today - - DINING - By CHUMKI BHARAD­WAJ

TRUE TO IT’S ESSENCE that true style never shouts, lux­ury brand Bot­tega Veneta has re­cently in­tro­duced two bags for the S/S’19 col­lec­tion by Daniel Lee, the new cre­ative di­rec­tor at the lux­ury mar­que. A tran­si­tional col­lec­tion be­tween for­mer cre­ative di­rec­tor To­mas Maier and Lee, The Pouch, rep­re­sents Lee’s first two de­signs for the brand. They play on the sen­sual phys­i­cal­ity of iden­tity and legacy lead­ing from the front wear­ing re­spect for crafts­man­ship, nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and its Ital­ian her­itage as proud epaulettes. Wo­ven to­gether, these ideas de­fine a dis­tinct but dis­creet brand of con­tem­po­rary lux­ury that be­longs as much to the past as it weighs in on the fu­ture.

The over­sized clutch fea­tures soft folds of leather which com­pletely en­velop the rigid frame to cre­ate a vo­lu­mi­nous, rounded form. The Pouch is avail­able in three dif­fer­ent types of crafts­man­ship and a palette that in­clude both nat­u­ral shades and is sat­u­rated with pop colours. While the Vel­vet Calf In­trec­ciato Pouch presents Bot­tega’s sig­na­ture in­trec­ciato weave in ex­tra soft calf, The But­ter Calf Pouch fea­tures pan­els of smooth leather, while the Cocco Sou­ple ver­sion is com­prises four skins that are care­fully crafted to achieve a con­ti­nu­ity of the scales. The Pouch is avail­able in a smaller ver­sion, called The Pouch 20 after the mea­sure­ment of its length. This style is of­fered in Vel­vet Calf In­trec­ciato, But­ter Calf and Cocco Sou­ple. This ex­cep­tional small but dis­tinct leather ac­ces­sory can be eas­ily car­ried as an el­e­gant mini clutch, to be held un­der the arm or by hand, and even works as a func­tional bag to or­gan­ise small es­sen­tials. Of­ten times, the best things come in small sizes. And in this case the fa­mil­iar shows up with a sur­pris­ing twist of whimsy.

Price on Re­quest; Avail­able www.bot­te­gaveneta.com

TRA­DI­TIONAL WITH A TWIST The pouch 20 in vel­vet calf in­trec­ciato (left) and the the pouch 20 in but­ter calf (below)

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