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On Set | In Equilibrium with Bottega Veneta’s New Bags

By T: The New York Times Style Magazine Singapore

Big changes were afoot for Bottega Veneta when its then-creative director, Tomas Maier announced the end of his 17-year-long tenure at the Italian house last year. In place to succeed Maier was British designer Daniel Lee who had previously earned his laurels for his work at Celine. While the leather-makers sat out at the Spring/Summer ’19 runway presentations, Lee made a quiet debut of carryalls for the house. Under his creative leadership, the Cabat bag, a revered house icon is blown up in proportion to the Maxi Cabat. Debuted in three different skins, the Maxi Cabat is conceived in renditions of woven leather, soft crocodile leather and matte calf leather. Alongside the reinvention of a classic, Lee introduces the Pouch. Just as its name suggests, the carryall is an oversized clutch that cinches into a clasp, creating artful folds along its body. The Pouch is also rendered in a variety of skins of the former debutant.