BOTTEGA VENETA

1980 : Actress Lauren Hutton, playing a wealthy housewife, carries a Bottega Veneta bag in the film American Gigolo.

1966 : Founded by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro in Vicenza, in the Veneto region of Italy. Because the equipment they obtain to make their bags is engineered for tailoring clothes (the area's main industry), and not suitable for stitching thick handbag leather, the workshop's artisans search for another technique that will allow them to fashion attractive, but durable, handbags out of a thinner, softer leather. The company's famous woven intrecciato style is born.

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