C California Style

Looks from the spring runway collection.
Looks from the spring runway collection.
Looks from the spring runway collection.
Bottega Veneta, $100, Rizzoli.

Master of the Craft

by C California Style

Creative Director Tomas Maier looks to L.A. to celebrate Bottega Veneta’s old and new.

“The Bottega [Veneta] woman is confident,” says Tomas Maier. “She knows what she likes.” Of course, the same can be said of the German-born creative director who, since taking the reins in 2001, has added furniture, porcelain and fragrance lines to the storied Italian fashion and leather goods house. Precise and self-assured, Maier is known as much for his all-encompassing aesthetic vision as for his monkish devotion to craftsmanship and longevity. “I like customers to come back and see a bag they purchased four or five years ago and still find it beautiful and a good investment,” he says.

Maier, who grew up at the edge of the Black Forrest, inherited his passion for design from his father, a noted architect. After graduating from the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture school in Paris, he gained industry recognition with successful stints at Guy Laroche, Sonia Rykiel and Hermès. Today, the talent splits his time between the Milan atelier and Palm Beach, Florida, where he resides with his longtime partner Andrew Preston (C.O.O. of Maier’s eponymous fashion label). He also enjoys occasional jaunts to Los Angeles, most recently to promote the brand’s gorgeous new monograph, Bottega Veneta (Rizzoli). “L.A. has an ease to it,” says Maier. “There’s a lightness here, a playfulness.”

This month, the new Bottega Veneta home goods boutique opens on a leafy swatch of Melrose Place. The 2,700-square-foot space marks the first time the label’s furniture and housewares lines will share a roof with pieces from the ready-to-wear and accessories collections. “It’s a lifestyle store,” sums up Maier, with a distinct air of pride. 8344 Melrose Pl., WeHo; bottegaveneta.com

Written by Evelyn Crowley
Photographs courtesy of Bottega Veneta