Bottega Veneta was established in 1966 by Vittorio and Laura Moltedo. The name Bottega Veneta means “Venetian shop” and the company was begun to produce artisanal leather goods. The company’s artisans developed a leather-weaving technique, called "intrecciato", that remains a signature of the brand.
In the years since, Bottega Veneta has introduced additions to the collection, including fine jewelry, eyewear, home fragrance, and furniture, while continuing to offer an assortment of handbags, shoes, small leather goods, luggage, home items, and gifts. Bottega Veneta presented its first women’s ready-to-wear runway show in February 2005 and its first men’s runway show in June 2006. Today, ready-to-wear and furniture presentations are held in the corporate offices in Milan.