Handbag History: Bottega Veneta’s Intrecciato Weave

When it comes to handbags, few fans are as loyal as those of the Italian design house Bottega Veneta. The brand, which was born in Vicenza, Italy in 1966, is known and celebrated for its Italian craftsmanship, impeccable hardware and classic designs. Rooted in history, Bottega’s brand DNA is rich in Italian culture, but still possesses a global appeal. The House evokes an essence of innovation and a luxuriously timeless appeal, and at its core, the brand’s philosophy lies in creating pieces that will become part of their owner’s lives for decades to come.

One of the brand’s most widely recognized House codes is its distinctive and intricate Intrecciato Weave. When translated to English, intrecciato literally means braided. Bottega Veneta’s staple technique involves strips of leather that are intertwined to create a woven pattern, which has become synonymous with the brand.

Intrecciato Weave was introduced in the early 1970s and was first used on the brand’s handbags. Following its success, Bottega Veneta then expanded its Intrecciato offerings into all product categories from jewelry to furniture as well as accessories for both women and men. The iconic woven technique has been reimagined season after season in different colors, materials and motifs. In 2020, Intrecciato Weave is still highly sought after. Designer Daniel Lee has seamlessly married this traditional technique with his modern designs, making Intrecciato more iconic and desirable than ever before.

Lee has been able to breathe new life into the technique by introducing fresh interpretations of the decades old process. The expansion includes an exaggerated maxi weave, padded woven leather and more. Despite changing times and styles, Intrecciato Weave continues to be one of the most recognizable elements of the brand to this day. 50 years after its creation, the technique is still incredibly desirable, appearing on designs such as the coveted Padded Cassette bag and the wildly popular The Pouch.

The Pouch, $3,100

BV Twist, $2,200

Cassette Bag, $1,900

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