What would a visit to Venice be without just a bit of window shopping? :) Bottega Veneta, that now ultra luxurious leather and clothing brand that doesn’t obnoxiously brand its goods is based in the Veneto, just on the mainland near Venice. So their stores in Venice are very close to “home”. Their tag line, coined decades ago “when your own initials are enough” says it all. No splashy BV’s all over their bags, just amazing leather and the finest craftsmanship. Sister has loved this brand for more than 30 years, long before it got so snazzy and fashionable. When I graduated from university, I received a wonderful leather attache case (yes, those dangerously rectangular ones with corners) from Bottega Veneta, and it was the probably the Rolls Royce of attache cases at the time… I may have been the lowest man on the totem pole when I started to work, but my briefcase was the one the CEO’s wanted…heehee. I still have it today, a bit weathered and battered, but better with age. It’s probably considered “vintage” at this point…
Strolling through the alleys with lots of luxury shops, I could sense we were near the original Bottega Veneta location in Venice, but once in front of the store, realized it had undergone a MAJOR facelift, complete with an utterly STUNNING chandelier from Murano at the center of the store. We entered the shop and Mrs. MM checked out the bags, The Teen tried on some outrageous sunglasses, and I nearly had heart failure when told what luggage prices were like these days…
The brand has returned to its roots of incredibly supple leather hand-woven like a “banig” or mat. Copies are readily available in the Greenhills tiangge in San Juan, but trust me, next to a real bag, fake is fake. :)
Honestly, I think many of their prices are well beyond affordable, but it’s nice to browse nonetheless.
While those who know the brand would be able to point out a Bottega Veneta bag or briefcase on the street, others would be clueless… and that is definitely part of the appeal.
This shot of another branch of BV elsewhere in Venice; look closely at the reflection of the people crossing a pedestrian bridge in the shop window… I thought that was cool.