If asked who’s doing things really well right now, anyone who’s even remotely clued in to the workings of the fashion industry will easily rattle off Bottega Veneta as one of—if not the—most buzzworthy labels in the fashion realm. Having spent six years designing for Phoebe Philo under what can only be referred to as Old Céline now—RIP accent aigu—Daniel Lee honed in on an aesthetic of refined minimalism. His penchant for clean lines and total lack of fussiness prevails. As does a sense of need-to-have-it, which accurately sums up many of his cult-favorite accessories.
In the less-than-two-years timespan since joining Bottega Veneta in the summer of 2018, he’s already established a new look for the house that has seeped into the fashion mainstream. Buttery-soft leather, a muted color palette and quilted textures have become signatures.
As for the accessories, everyone from celebrities like Rosie Huntington Whiteley to street-style influencers have been spotted carrying the slouchy pouch bag, a hands-free clutch that’s just the right amount of spacious. Similarly, Lee has reinterpreted the house’s iconic intrecciato pattern, whipping up a new, padded take on what “woven bags” should look like with the Cassette bag. As for the shoes, the square-toed pumps and mesh-toed heels have established themselves as must-haves.
If the price tag—or, quite frankly, the lack of availability due to instantaneous sales—proves to be a little out of reach, fear not. The simplistic-chic style of dressing is easy to achieve. Shop the picks below for a taste of the fresh, ultra-wearable aesthetic that feels so right, right now.