What's in a Weave?

Bottega Veneta's intrecciato leather bags are the luxurious, understated alternative to hyped-up It bags

Whereas most European luxury leather-goods brands rely on a prominently placed logo to indicate their products' provenance, Bottega Veneta has made its most coveted leather-crafting technique into its signature. Known as intrecciato—Italian for woven—the technique has been employed by Bottega Veneta since the company was founded by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro in the Veneto region of Italy in 1966. Originally thought of as a way to make the brand's thin, supple leather more durable, intrecciato has become a style statement in the hands of Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier. And style icons like Oprah Winfrey and Katie Holmes have...

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