If you had the impression that patchwork is for mending jeans and making quilts, or a thing of Fall/Winter collections, you haven’t seen Bottega Veneta’s carefully constructed mixed leather offerings. The house calls the handcrafted Spring/Summer 2017 pattern, which takes hours of work by the brand’s artisans, a “unique juxtaposition of different colours and leathers”. It is seen on a whole host of products, including ready-to-wear leather jackets, backpacks, duffels, sneakers and slip-ons.
Different panels of suede, shiny calf and lambskin — in deep burgundy, brown and grey — are placed to create precise geometric patches that almost resemble a camouflage print. Although made of a mix of leathers, the items are also surprisingly light and soft to the touch. The easiest way to pull off the new Mix Leather Patchwork: team a single accessory with your dark grey, olive or khaki staples; then throw on a pair of modern white kicks.