Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier calls this the NYCabat, and given the black-and-yellow palette, his muse is fairly obvious. “When I first visited New York,” says the German-born Maier, “the taxis were shorthand for the city: bold, unyielding, exhilarating.”
Two artisans work on one bag for two days straight: After weaving the double-sided leather strips, the surface is hand-brushed.
The shape is Bottega’s classic Cabat tote, the weave its signature intrecciato. To achieve the alternating color pattern, artisans carefully brush the weave so the black pigment on the surface gives way to the bright yellow underneath.