Bottega Veneta celebrated the Salone del Mobile design week in Milan with exclusive early access to the new Arco bag in advance of the official Pre Fall 2019 launch. The is available in Bottega Veneta’s Milan boutiques.
Available in four sizes in a palette of natural leather colors, the Arco establishes a new language of intrecciato with a deconstructed, orthogonal weave that brings a looser and modern sensibility to Bottega Veneta’s iconic craftsmanship.
It is made with a new variety of French Calf with a sophisticated natural look; the calf fettucce are bonded with suede, leaving an unlined interior that reveals the bag’s precise construction. The largest size, called the Arco 75, is available for men and alternates French Calf and suede. Non-woven versions are also on offer in soft crocodile and Palmellato, a calf leather with a distinctive grainy texture and soft shine.
The name of the bag takes inspiration from the Arco della Pace, the neoclassical arch in the heart of Milan. The triumphal monument, completed in 1838, was the backdrop of the Fall 2019 runway show, an iconic location that underscores the house’s Italian roots. The silhouette of the Arco Bag has a fittingly architectural quality, with a dome-shaped flap—echoed by the curve of its long tubular handles—and a solidly constructed rectangular base.
The Arco’s relaxed and casual nature belies its complexity of craft; it is made from over 100 pieces.