Dinner at the Victoria & Albert museum is served from the twelfth century, but this feast of old and new is presided over by the genial Maitre d’ d’ Christian Hartl, and in the dining room there is a lengthy pre-meal talking session with the international buyers (the Hotel des Bains jingle has reached the market and has been rewritten as Come to the V&A). No one seems terribly disgruntled.
Christian Hartl © Thelma, Bottega Veneta/Tomuhler / Boca
The company said that the appointment of Hartl is to mark the modernisation of its brand and ensure that its collections remain consistent and coherent.
Hartl, 41, graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins, but his training went further and he went on to work at Chanel, Anthony Vaccarello at Prada and then worked at Mansur Gavriel.
He said of the appointment: “I am really honoured and excited to be selected by Tomas Maier. Christian, who started with Bottega Veneta 30 years ago, had the foresight to shape the evolution of the company from a dealer’s to a fashion house. Tomas is a visionary who has been able to follow this evolution of the brand. I intend to continue to grow the brands and define a solid future for this great heritage brand.”