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Daniel Lee’s Most Iconic
Bottega Veneta Handbags

By The Rebag Team, Nov. 11, 2021

Rebax x Wedding Dressing

Daniel Lee carved his place in fashion with “New Bottega.”

When Daniel Lee took on the role of creative director at Bottega Veneta, he was a relatively unknown fashion designer who had worked under Phoebe Philo at Celine. Lee reinvigorated the leather luxury brand with a fresh look and a new, contemporary interpretation of its iconic intrecciato weave. After three years, Bottega Veneta and Lee announced they are parting ways. Read on to see Lee’s most memorable Bottega Veneta bags.

Daniel Lee wasn’t your typical fashion designer. Although he was known for being shy and quiet — he famously has little social media presence — his vision transcended fashion’s most exclusive circles. In three years at Bottega Veneta, Lee transformed the Italian luxury house into one of fashion’s most sought-after brands. Celebrities, fashion editors, digital creators, and influencers immediately gravitated to everything Lee had a hand in at Bottega Veneta, dubbing this chapter in the house’s history as “New Bottega.” The British designer even gave the house a new signature color — a shade of green called parakeet — and sales increased dramatically.

But just as Lee’s ascent seemed to be reaching new heights — he had staged a fashion show in Detroit a few weeks ago — amid rumors of tension within the company, Bottega Veneta and the designer announced that they would be ending their three-year partnership. “My time at Bottega Veneta has been an incredible experience,” said Lee in a statement. “I am grateful to have worked with an exceptional and talented team and I am forever thankful to everyone who was part of creating our vision. Thank you to Francois-Henri Pinault for his support, and for the opportunity to be part of Bottega Veneta’s story.” Read on to see Lee’s most iconic bags at Bottega Veneta.