by Stephen Garner

Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier unveiled his first-ever men’s pre-fall collection last week. It featured monochromatic looks using diverse fabrics and treatments with new masculine proportions in shadow-dyed cotton, Japanese denim, needle-punched wool and waxed leather.

“This season, blazers have the soft Bottega Veneta construction that our clients rely on, while waxed leather elevates the blouson,” says Maier. “Pieces like the shadow-printed cotton suits and shirts and cotton jersey t-shirts are perfect for the summer months.”

Accessories were also highlighted in the presentation, including calfskin briefcases and document carriers that are shadow-printed with checks; nappa leather totes that are partially woven and embroidered; calf suede desert boots; and lace-up boots and slip-on sneakers that come in different shades of calf hair.

“It’s great to look at our essential pieces for men with new eyes, and to think about the silhouettes, the fabrics and the details,” Maier told MR. “With a pre-collection for men, we can now evolve and refresh our staples, as well as propose new possibilities.”