In our schooling years, our favourite day was always ‘show and tell’. You see, a story is only ever made more compelling when you can see, touch, smell… really work the senses. Bottega Veneta hosted their equivalent of a show and tell in Melbourne at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art last week. They called the evening “Masters of Craft” and yes, they worked the senses. Sight: we watched artisans from Bottega Veneta’s atelier in Montebello Vicentino work their magic using the houses intrecciato technique. You know the one. That signature woven soft leather they introduced to the world in the ’70s. Classic. We saw an epic collection of the Knot clutch (and bags) the house first released in the ’80s. Touch: one installation allowed us to get hands on. Practical. Working with the craftsman’s tools. We honestly prefer to leave it to the experts. Smell: there was an installation dedicated to the houses fragrances so we could immerse ourselves in the scents they have been creating since 2011. Hearing: Niki Dé Saint and Running Touch were on the decks creating a “Masters of Craft” soundtrack. Taste: The champagne flowed and the gin garden quenched our thirst. Yes, all five senses were attended to. Not that we needed reminding but the quiet, subdued intensely elegant luxury that is Bottega Veneta was so seductive we did consider naturally leaving with some of the ‘show’ pieces. But alas, we showed restraint and instead took ourselves off to the flagship store on Collins Street to experience their Customisation Atelier and just continue to luxuriate in 3,046 square feet of Bottega Veneta ready-to-wear and accessories goodness. Allora, such such slaves to luxury.
by Bec Khoury