To celebrate Fashion’s Night Out this year, Bottega Veneta is taking a step away from their status as legendary leather craftsmen and replacing their leather with eco-friendly materials. On September 6th, the brand will launch a line of handbags that are produced using “sustainable, vegan materials and environmentally sensitive dyeing and finishing.”
“I decided to make the jersey and paper bags after speaking with customers who wanted sophisticated, handcrafted bags that are non-leather and earth-friendly,” says Creative Director Tomas Maier. “We are a luxury lifestyle brand known for our handcrafted leather goods — obviously we don’t claim to be vegan. But Bottega Veneta has always worked to limit its environmental footprint, and we like to respond to the needs of our customers. This was an exciting challenge and I’m delighted with the way the collection turned out.”
While the bags may lack the trademark leather, they certainly have not left behind that stylish look and feel we all associate with the brand Bottega Veneta. These handcrafted bags will not officially be in store until this fall however, BV are offering 100 of the bags for a special pre-release on Fashion’s Night Out.