Bottega Veneta Knot

Bottega Veneta Knot

Knot is one of Bottega Veneta’s most recognizable and beloved handbags and recently it celebrated its 30th anniversary. When Tomas Maier took the reins as Creative Director in 2001, he recognized the special quality of the company’s small, rounded box clutch. Maier created a new closure in the shape of a small leather knot and gave the bag its name. Since then, versions of the Knot have been featured in every Bottega Veneta collection. Its perfect shape and clear function have proved an irresistible canvas for Maier and the Bottega Veneta artisans.

Bottega Veneta Knot

Modern interpretations have ranged from the refined to the fanciful, including the Origami Knot, of intricately creased patent leather; the Jardin Knot, crafted from a profusion of leather blossoms; the Vintage Jewel Knot, embroidered with antique crystals; an Art Deco-inspired version in sterling silver with faceted onyx; and others of woven sterling silver, padded satin, and soft crocodile. While the Knot is frequently copied, no imitation comes close to the quality, craftsmanship, and beauty of the genuine article. Many styles of the Knot are extremely limited in availability, with editions ranging from 100 to as little as 25, depending upon production and the availability of the rare materials used to make them.

Bottega Veneta Knot

For Creative Director Tomas Maier, one of the biggest challenges were finding examples from the 1980s and ‘90s. “The company never kept an archive,” explains Maier, “so to reconstruct the history of the Knot we had to search in vintage stores and private collections. It’s been like a treasure hunt.” The bag has both historical and creative significance for Maier. “The Knot is very much a symbol of Bottega Veneta, a link to the company’s history and to its future. For me personally, it’s a pleasure to design, an opportunity for a special kind of creative exploration.”

Bottega Veneta Knot

One of the staples for Bottega Veneta Knot is Intrecciato. Intrecciato is the technique of weaving the leather, which as all of you know is now synonymous with the company. More information about the history of Intrecciato from Bottega Veneta.

Bottega Veneta Knot

The history of how the intrecciato was created is actually very interesting. The technique was created by Bottega Veneta in the late 1960s. Historically, the Veneto region specialized in producing ready-to-wear, not accessories. When Bottega Veneta began manufacturing, the sewing machines in the workshops were designed to work with cloth not leather. The artisans had to use super fine leather to get under the needle. The leather they used was then woven into the intrecciato pattern to make the material stronger and more durable for accessories.

Bottega Veneta Knot

SIZES:

The Knot:

Width 7" / 18.5cm; Height 6" / 14cm; Depth 2" / 4cm

The Stretch Knot:

Width 10" / 25cm; Height 4" / 11cm; Depth 2" / 5cm


Bottega Veneta Knot

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