The signature intrecciato weave of Bottega Veneta is one of the most distinctive motifs in fashion, a kind of no-logo logo that makes the house’s leather goods instantly recognisable. Now, you’ll be able to find the pattern in a whole new context – on the woven leather chairs at the brand’s first ever café in Japan.
Located in the Hankyu Men’s department store in Osaka, the Bottega Cafè reflects the brand’s efforts to sharpen its appeal for a younger generation, under the direction of chief creative Daniel Lee. Directly accessible from the second-floor boutique, the space seems destined for a #cafehopping post on Instagram. Designed to blur the boundaries between the interior and exterior, the cosy 55 sq m space is punctuated with three large windows and a glass garden wall highlighting lush greenery.
A long bar in the house’s trademark shade of deep blue and sunny yellow tables dot the Terrazzo Palladiano floor, evoking a balmy afternoon in the Mediterranean sun. A wooden bench runs the length of one wall, and the other is lined with large mirrors in an illusion of depth. Bright pink neon signage spells out ‘Bottega Cafè’ in scrolling letters near the entrance, while the intrecciato leather seats in espresso reference the house in a more subtle manner.
The menu is made up of traditional Italian staples, including coffee, tea, juices, and wine, along with desserts and savoury aperitivi. True to Bottega Veneta’s roots, the wine selection comprises exclusively bottles from the north-eastern region of Veneto, where the brand was founded in 1966 (Bottega Veneta literally means Venetian shop in Italian).