Italian luxury goods maker Bottega Veneta could not have picked a better location to start making their artisan leather goods than Vicenza, Italy.
Located in the Veneto region of north-eastern of Italy, just 37 miles inland from Venice, and 120 miles east of Milan, Vicenza is the industrial powerhouse of modern day Italy.
While the many textiles and jewellery factories surround the city, the centre is a thriving cosmopolitan mix of high-end stores littering the majestic Palladian Greco-Roman inspired buildings and public squares.
With a ready-made workforce of artisan craftsman on hand Bottega Veneto opened their factory in 1966, with the philosophy of manufacturing goods of the highest quality.
Innovative design combined with contemporary functionality and its commitment to the artisans who produced these goods was symbolized in their intrecciato woven leather design.
In 2001 Bottega Veneta hired German-born designer Tomas Maier to be their creative genius in an attempt to reinvigorate the company.
The former Guy Laroche, Sonia Rykiel and Hermes director went straight to work, reconnecting the company with its roots.
Focalizing his attention on the artisans and craftsman, Maier was able to instil in them the belief, that while the product must come first, they must also be able to move with the times.
High-precision and an attention to detail were what was required in order to turn a piece of leather into a work of art.
Maier also understood the importance of keeping the business in the Veneto region, so that the creativity and innovation could be passed from generation to generation.
Committed to the region, Bottega Veneta opened a state of the art facility in 2001, refurbishing 18th-century villa, close to Juliet’s castles at Montecchio Maggiore.
Set on a 5.5-hectare park, the Italian fashion house also added an eco-friendly addition, with a roof containing 1,200 square metres of solar panels, a rainwater recycling-system, while also using geothermal energy, to heat and cool the building.
The company has also incorporated, along with the University IUAV of Venice, a school to help ensure that Italian artisanal craftsmanship will survive for years to come.
Today Bottega Veneta has come a long way in the world of fashion and design, graduating from being that must have handbag or pair of shoes into a company that produces everything synonymous with having made in Italy stamped on it.
The company now produces a clothing range for both men and woman and has even moved into the furniture business, by incorporating its fancy leather work and stitching into modern household goods.
Not to be outdone by rival Prada, Bottega Veneta has also introduced its own line of eyewear and Jewellery together with a fragrance collection that includes its newest offering Eau Sensuelle.
Bottega Veneta describes their new fragrance as being a youthful adaptation of their signature perfume Bottega Veneta eau de parfum.
Described as having fruity peach like aromas, with a floral bouquet of gardenia and Jasmine, Eau Sensuelle will embrace the moment and transcend time.
You can find Bottega Veneta stores at Heathrow Airport, located in terminal 2 between Bvlgari and Gucci.