On the wall at Bottega Veneta's HQ is the mantra 'When your own initials are enough'. The Italian house, piloted by Thomas Maier since 2001, endorses that philosophy on every level, from the logoless supple leathergoods to ready-to-wear that looks the part but might confuse the more casual onlooker as to why. Here, quality and the intelligence of good design reign – a super, stealth wardrobe based on the "four cornerstones": fine-quality materials, extraordinary craftsmanship, contemporary functionality and timeless design.
For Maier's cruise collection, the German designer (who's based in Florida) was inspired by colours from Veronese and Tiepolo frescoes at adorn Palladian villas.
Beyond the romance of imagery, the relaxed, lightweight silhouettes in gabardines, double-face cashmere, goatskin, nappa and calfskin reads subliminally as ready-for-travel. Bottega's client, like the Maier himself, practically lives at the airport so here they're given everything from upscaled 70s tracksuits to hook-and-eye fastening varsity jackets and Intrecciato skate-inspired slip ons ready for boarding. Immaculate dressing but without the discomfort of fuss or too-precious embellishment – and no need to change when you arrive, either.
As we wrap the first spring print issues, the Dazed fashion team pick their favourite products from the high-pragmatic collection that goes hand-in-hand with weeks of trains, planes and automobiles – for holidays, new year and straight into the AW13 menswear shows.
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