Bottega Veneta is an Italian luxury goods house founded in 1966 in Vicenza, Italy by entrepreneurs Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro.
The company was founded with the aim of producing artisanal leather goods.
By the early 1980s, Bottega Veneta was appreciated by famous clients including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Andy Warhol made a short film for the company in 1980.
Zengiaro and Taddei retired from the company in the 1990s.
In 2001, the company was acquired by Gucci Group and is now part of the French multinational group Kering.
Tom Ford, then Gucci Group's Creative Director, hired Tomas Maier, who had previously worked at Sonia Rykiel and Hermès, as Bottega Veneta's Creative Director.
After receiving total creative control from product and store design to advertising, Tomas Maier set about returning the brand to its original identity. He removed visible logos from the brand’s products, and returned the company’s focus to artisanal production.
In September 2016, the Bottega Veneta celebrated its 50th anniversary with Tomas Maier's 15th year as creative director.