Bottega Veneta scoops a green award for its eco-friendly headquarters
The Green Council has awarded luxury fashion house Bottega Veneta with the 'Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Award' (LEED 2009 NC) platinum certification, revealed Bottega Veneta's CEO Marco Bizzarri.
In 2005, Bottega Veneta, which is managed by Kering, acquired Villa Schroeder-Da Porto in Montebello Vicentino in Italy – an 18th century residence which it has transformed into its new eco-friendly headquarters. "To start with, our [growing] staff no longer fit into the old atelier, and so we made virtue out of necessity," said Bizzarri, adding that the pleasant surroundings will help to achieve a good working environment. "The products are made by people, and our real innovation comes from the interaction between our artisans and creative director and of the artisans amongst themselves. So we needed to ensure that they had the best possible place to work."
The restored historic building is surrounded by an estimated 592,000 square feet of lush greenery, and its features include large windows, solar panels, as well as ample bicycle storage space. Bizzarri also revealed that, "It was a significant investment... but I really believe in these things."