BOTTEGA VENETA CELEBRATES 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF KPM
The preservation of artisanal traditions is central to Bottega Veneta’s mission, both a source and a result of its success. From the house’s legendary leather craftsmen to the goldsmiths who handcraft the fine jewelry line to the glassblowers who breathe beauty into its Murano glassware and vases, Bottega Veneta’s identity has always been inextricably linked to the well-being of rare artisanal communities. It is this shared commitment to handcraftsmanship that brought about a unique partnership between Bottega Veneta and Koenigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin, known as KPM, which began in 2008 and continues to this day.
Founded in Berlin and purchased in 1763 by Frederick II, King of Prussia, KPM is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious makers of fine porcelain. Prized for their purity, intricate shapes, and meticulously yet imaginative hand-painting, KPM porcelain is heralded by aficionados for its remarkable strength and bright whiteness, which is achieved through a secret formula for the manufacturing of perfect porcelain, and passed down from generation to generation. Frederick the Great’s symbol, a royal blue scepter, continues to mark every piece that KPM produces. Uncompromising quality standards and a passion for exquisite porcelain have remained, marking this year the 250th anniversary of the manufacturer.
To commemorate the 250th anniversary of KPM, Bottega Veneta created a limited edition of its iconic Knot. The Knot is one of Bottega Veneta’s most beloved handbags, a small, rounded box clutch conceived in materials and designs ranging from the refined to the fantastical. This exquisite version is created from a combination of exotic and classical accents; starting with bronze Ayers, the front side is embellished with a unique porcelain medallion featuring hand carved angels that has been produced exclusively for Bottega Veneta, set in Oro Bruciato and surrounded by a delicate contrasting trim of brown cubic zirconia. On each side of the medallion, is a simple and shiny porcelain emblem. The frame and Knot closure, also in Oro Bruciato, are adorned with brique colored verre irise - poured glass, enriched with sparkling gold powder, and hand cut to resemble iridescent gemstones – applied one by one, completely by hand. Each bag will be numbered with the words “250th Anniversary KPM” inscribed on a sterling plate inside the clutch.
Additionally developed in collaboration with KPM to celebrate the occasion, is a collection of jewelry consisting of elaborate Oro Bruciato chains and porcelain bisque medallions. Each piece, from rings, earrings, and a brooch, to bracelets and necklaces, is a marvel of technique and a triumph of tradition, decorated with both cubic zirconia and verre irise. The elegant stamp of the royal blue scepter, guaranteeing the authenticity of KPM's porcelain, can be found on the back of each porcelain element, in most cases seen through a tiny window created amongst a grid that lines this portion of the medallions.
“We decided to work with KPM because, like Bottega Veneta, they place a high value on tradition, quality, and innovation,” says Bottega Veneta Creative Director Tomas Maier. “Our ongoing collaboration has been extremely fruitful and we have continued to evolve the Intreccio Svanito collection, the basis for our partnership, through the years. To honor their 250th anniversary, we wanted to highlight their porcelain differently from what people expect, while illustrating the extraordinary abilities of both KPM and Bottega Veneta’s artisans. I could not be more pleased to celebrate KPM with a special version of our iconic Knot and a collection of jewelry – the results are truly remarkable.”
Introduced with the Women’s Fall-Winter 2013/2014 collection, the commemorative items will be available exclusively at Bottega Veneta stores (jewelry from end of July and Knot from end of September) and can be reserved via pre-order.