On November 10, French luxury group Kering shared an announcement that shocked the entire fashion collective: Daniel Lee and Bottega Veneta had made the “joint decision” to go separate ways, according to the press release. Considering Lee’s whirlwind success in the creative director seat, and his relatively short stint with the brand (he first joined in July 2018), fans of Lee’s directional imprint on the label were left to speculate.
Was it a matter of creative differences? Would Lee proceed to establish his own design house, or would he head to Phoebe Philo’s newly-minted eponymous label? Lee served as ready-to-wear director under Philo during her tenure at Céline. Fashion fans were quick to draw parallels between his impression on—and departure from—Bottega to hers of Céline.
Regardless of reason, one thing is certain: the very last bags, shoes, and bijoux that Lee crafted before departing Bottega are sure to fly off e-shelves fast—and be quite valuable in the years to come. (Comparably, Phoebe Philo-era Céline pieces retail for a far larger sum today.) Below, we round up the most iconic Bottega Veneta pieces to splurge on now, all of which are classics in the making. Pro tip: click onto each silhouette to see all the available colorways, and look out for anything “Bottega Green”—the colorway is considered to be Lee’s most prized contribution to the label.