For one day only, Bottega Veneta moved into London’s centuries-old Chiswick house to celebrate the “Hand of the Artisan.” The interactive event invited guests, including Poppy Delevingne, Arizona Muse, and Sabine Getty, to walk through the Palladian-style villa’s eight rooms to explore the brand’s leather goods, fragrances, and jewelry. Craftspeople transplanted from the house’s atelier in Montebello Vicentino wove the brand’s famous intrecciato designs during live demonstrations as Pernille Teisbaek, Amelia Windsor, and Amber le Bon mingled and walked among the rooms. Downstairs in the garden, clients and invitees enjoyed Venetian-inspired food by chef Giorgio Locatelli while DJ sets by Joséphine de la Baume and The Postmen set the tone for the evening.
The choice of venue was a personal one for Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, chief executive of Bottega Veneta. Chiswick House, which was completed in 1729, is built in the style of 16th-century Venetian architect Andrea Palladio, whose greatest palazzi are located in Vicenza – the birthplace of Bottega Veneta. “It feels like home,” Lars said.
The brand, which debuted its Pre-Fall collection last week, is set to open a massive 1,400 sqm store in Madison Avenue early next year, to coincide with New York Fashion Week in February.