I had the opportunity to attend The Hand of The Artisan hosted by Bottega Veneta, set in the stunning neo-Palladian Chiswick House in London. Possibly one of the most elegant settings and so beautiful to witness Bottega Veneta really bring alive the heritage and craftsmanship behind the brand.
Within the house, each exquisite room were installations dedicated to brand icons such as The Knot, The Cabat tote alongside rarely seen pieces pulled from the brand’s private archive. Take note of the giant Knot beautifully placed at the entrance to Chiswick House and Gardens (the perfect installation to any fashionista’s garden wouldn’t you agree..?).
A stunning Italian indoor garden awaited guests at the gardens – Chiswick House is so spectacularly well looked after that you cannot even spritz parfum in the rooms so a beautiful outdoor space was used for a place to sit and relax whilst watching the real Artisans flown in from Milan weave Bottega Keychains. We were lucky to watch and then take matters into our very own hands weaving our own keychains and then having them embossed with our initials! The stitching is so much harder than it seems to the eye!
The house’s central room bloomed with lush flowers, inspired by the brand’s botanical prints used on the new Cruise 2018 collection. We also enjoyed a Venetian Wine tasting and it was fascinating to see the Cabat tote undone and at each step of the intricate process.
The Cabat Tote undone.
The Knot – Cruise 2018.
The beauty of the whole affair was the marriage of heritage, craftsmanship and architecture in a way that was so true to the brand and the moment I stepped onto the ground I felt Bottega Veneta come to life. I will post some stunning shots I got of Chiswick House shortly – bonus given that I’m a sucker for the Arts, Architecture and history.
With Love… Me x