Bottega Veneta is an Italian brand founded in 1966. Founders Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro began their business with leatherworks and goods, using a non-branded philosophy that lent essence and grace to its products.
By the 1970s, the brand had established and firmly made a name for itself. Founders Taddei and Zengiaro handed over control to Taddei’s former wife, Laura Moltedo.
Going a little wild on the whole logo craze that was the 1990s, Bottega introduced trend-driven design elements in an effort to remain relevant in the highly competitive decade before the turn of the century. The changes were not well-received in its market, and the brand saw a sharp decline in popularity.
The company was acquired by the Gucci Group in 2001, and Bottega Veneta finally regained some market traction. The acquisition saw some of the brand's early ideologies being reinstated, which led to an increase in popularity once more.
In 2006, the brand started a school to train leather artisans.