Founded in Italy in 1966, Bottega Veneta gained notoriety in the seventies and eighties for its handwoven leather bags. After that, the house struggled to find its identity. British designer Giles Deacon, accessories designer Stuart Vevers, and stylist Katie Grand joined the company in 2000 to attempt to revive its image, but Bottega was already on the verge of bankruptcy. The label regained its footing in 2001, when the Gucci Group bought it and made German designer Tomas Maier creative director. Bottega quickly became a premier luxury label known as much for ready-to-wear as for leather goods. The “intrecciato” weave remains a fashion evergreen and shows no signs of waning, while Maier’s womenswear and menswear—super-luxe, understated, pricey—gathers momentum each season. Goddess draping, clean lines, and soft colors rule the giorno, and although the house shuns obvious logos and labels, their bags still do big business. With more than 100 stores in more than 30 countries, and a gig designing suites at the Park Hyatt in Chicago, Bottega Veneta is a lifestyle brand for those of us living the good life.