Up close and personal with Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier

“Bottega Veneta’s creative director Tomas Maier has found the sweet spot between credible fashion and casual, wearable clothes – tripling revenue to make it Kering’s second largest luxury brand, after Gucci” reports Financial Times’ Charlie Porter. The German born and US resident (Florida during the winter and New York in the summer) fashion designer shared some insights of his world with How To Spend It. Here are some highlights of the interview of the importance of Maier

“I like the business side. I know what works in the stores and it’s interesting to be on top of all these topics and make everything work together.”

‘Nottingham’ lace up leather shoes by Bottega Veneta. – Available at Bottega Veneta Boutique Kifissia, Luisa World Kolonaki.

“I like the idea of clothing that is broken in. There’s something unappealing about clothes that look new. A bag, a coat, a pair of shoes – something with a little patina is alwaymore attractive, more real and feels better.”

Colour-block leather tote bag by Bottega Veneta. – Available at Bottega Veneta Boutique Kifissia, Luisa World Kolonaki.

“I don’t like things to be ostentatious. The sort of luxury that says ‘Look at me, I’m rich’ isn’t a good look. I don’t think that’s the audience I want to talk to and it’s not the audience that we have. Bottega Veneta is not so shiny, not so ironed.”

Belt in black intrecciato leather by Bottega Veneta. – Available at Bottega Veneta Boutique Kifissia, Luisa World Kolonaki.

“Sometimes, when there’s too much too quickly, it’s not good. My approach is to take it step by step. When it’s necessary, you take the next step, but you can wait until that’s the right thing to do.”

Intrecciato leather slip-on sneakers by Bottega Veneta. – Available at Bottega Veneta Boutique Kifissia, Luisa World Kolonaki.

“I feel uncomfortable when somebody’s trying to read the name on a button or peek inside my jacket to see what the brand is. What you want to achieve is a situation where you wouldn’t see clothes at all – you just see the person.”

Intrecciato leather messenger bag by by Bottega Veneta. – Available at Bottega Veneta Boutique Kifissia, Luisa World Kolonaki.

“Everything I’ve done since 2001 is not about right now. You work on the future. You work on something maybe for six or seven years that will make sense to people down the road. Most of our products have a hefty price tag, so they had better be special, something that our customers have a strong commitment to buy and really like for a long time. All the products here are built to last and are true investments.”

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