I said it last week, and I’ll say it again, there’s been so many changes in the luxury world that it’s hard to keep up. One change that I sort of forgot about was the change that happened this past summer over at Bottega Veneta. Former creative director Tomas Maier was replaced by young designer Daniel Lee, formerly of Céline during its infamous Phoebe Philo-era. It was inevitable that change was ahead for Bottega as it has been for many luxury brands as of late. More and more it seems brands are trying to broaden their range and target a wider-customer base as they aim to tap into the millennial market.
From the looks of the bags below, Lee has definitely begun to make his mark, but will long-time fans of the brand feel alienated by this new direction? For its Pre-Fall 2019 collection Bottega banked big on super-oversized bags, one in particular featured a large, exaggerated version of Bottega’s famous Interacciato weaving, and true to its roots, there were some exotic skins shown. Models clutched a small, box-like bag, which appears to be pretty structured. I like the shape of this bag, which looks elegant and I would love to see if there’s a strap option for this bag. Lee introduced an elegant top handle bag in a stunning emerald green suede. See all the bags below.