Every element of the boutique interior, from the walnut tables and handcrafted vitrines to the door handles sheathed in leather, has been custom made. Among the notable design features are aerodynamically shaped, vertical window louvers of palm wood and steel, finely crafted display counters, walls covered with ultra-suede, mohair furniture upholstery, and custom-dyed, pure New Zealand wool carpets. A quiet, sensuous palette of matte neutrals and earth tones further enhances the privacy, sophistication, and ease of the shopping experience.
The Villaggio Mall is a new and unique retail development inspired by the Italian city of Venice and its graceful architecture. With water-filled canals, gondola rides through the shopping avenues, and ceilings that resemble the sky at different times of day and night, the Villaggio has already established itself as a popular destination for both residents and tourists. The development features 220 stores in an area totaling over 1.6 million square feet, making it the largest retail space in Qatar.
Creative Director Tomas Maier says:
"We're very happy to be opening a boutique in Qatar. The city is growing quickly and in fascinating ways — we're delighted to be a part of that growth. The Villaggio offers visitors a remarkable shopping experience, one that will certainly please the Bottega Veneta customer and complement the boutique's distinctive service and luxurious environment."
Discretion, quality, and craftsmanship-Bottega Veneta has created a new standard of luxury since its founding in Vicenza in 1966. Steeped in the traditions of Italy's master leather craftsmen and long celebrated for its extraordinary leather goods, Bottega Veneta has recently emerged as one of the world's premier luxury brands. The company's famous motto, "When your own initials are enough," expresses a philosophy of individuality and confidence that now applies to a range of products including women's and men's ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, furniture, and more.
While Bottega Veneta continues to grow, the qualities that define it are unchanging: outstanding craftsmanship, innovative design, contemporary functionality, and the highest quality materials. Also constant is Bottega Veneta's commitment to its ateliers, where artisans of remarkable skill combine traditional mastery with breathtaking innovation. Indeed, there is an unusual and inspired collaboration between artisan and designer at the heart of Bottega Veneta's approach to luxury, symbolized by the house's signature intrecciato woven leather. In the summer of 2006, in recognition of the importance of artisanal craftsmanship and the fragility of this traditional way of life, Bottega Veneta opened a school to train and support future generations of leather artisans.
The most recent chapter in Bottega Veneta's history began in February 2001, when the company was acquired by Gucci Group. Creative Director Tomas Maier came on board in June of that year and presented his first collection, Spring-Summer 2002, to immediate critical acclaim. From the start, the house's sensibility was refined, sensuous, and intensely personal, designed for a customer who is sophisticated and self-assured. Gucci Group was acquired by PPR in July of 2004. In the years since, Bottega Veneta has introduced exciting additions to the collection, including fine jewelry, home fragrance, and furniture, while continuing to offer an exclusive and coveted assortment of ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, small leather goods, eyewear, luggage, home items, and gifts.
Distribution of Bottega Veneta products is global, encompassing Europe, Asia, and North America, where wholesale distribution in select specialty and department stores is complemented by a growing number of Bottega Veneta-owned boutiques. These boutiques, designed by Tomas Maier and meticulously constructed to Bottega Veneta's exacting standards, allow the customer to shop in complete luxury, privacy, and comfort. They are, like the products they showcase, a reflection of Bottega Veneta's exceptional heritage and superlative quality.