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Bottega Veneta Palm Beach Collection


A bit unexpected, but nevertheless chic, Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier has unveiled a limited edition collection of three pieces designed specifically to celebrate the city of Palm Beach’s 100th anniversary. Maier, a part-time resident of South Florida, clearly is enamored by what he calls his “adopted home.” “Palm Beach is a unique community,” says Maier, “with a remarkable spirit of invention. I moved to Florida from Paris in 1999 and instantly fell in love with the beauty of the city.”

The Palm Beach capsule collection consists of five items, all in a simply gorgeous brilliant Empire blue. The handbag, of which only 20 were made and is based on a style that debuted at the Spring 2011 show, epitomizes the lively and relaxed chic that characterizes Palm Beach style. Completely fringed by hand, the bag is made from bonded panels of hand-woven intrecciato nappa leather and slightly larger panels of canvas. The completed panels are then washed to create a soft, relaxed effect. I would love this bag for everyday use–or for weekends at the beach. The utilitarian handles are

adjustable and a removable canvas pouch features an individually-numbered sterling silver plate. As for the rest of the collection? Customized half-body frames with burnished metal trim and black lenses and slim temples made of translucent acetate. The frames are finished with Bottega’s signature metal studs, small photoengraved butterflies and the words “Palm Beach 100” laser-etched inside the left temple. A zipper-pull wallet made of antique lizard, a shellshaped keychain of the same material, and a lush beach towel complete the resort-ready set.

Tote ($2,750), Sunglasses ($475) & towel ($590), available at Bottega Veneta Palm Beach






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  1. A $590 towel????

    Love the bag, and even the sunglasses, but I hope the towel comes with a free visit to a therapist so the person can have their head examined for spending that much on a towel!!!