Tomas Maier

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Tomas Maier
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Born April 1957
Pforzheim, Germany
Occupation Creative Director
Employer Bottega Veneta (Former)

Tomas Maier (born 1957) is a German-born designer. From 2001 to 2018, he served as Creative Director at Italian luxury lifestyle brand Bottega Veneta, [1] subsidiary of Kering. [2]

Bottega Veneta Italian fashion company

Bottega Veneta is an Italian luxury goods and high fashion brand. Founded in 1966 in Vicenza, Veneto, its atelier is located within an 18th-century villa in Montebello Vicentino and its headquarters are in Lugano, Switzerland with offices in Milan and Vicenza, Italy. In 2001, Bottega Veneta was purchased by Gucci Group, and is now a part of the French conglomerate Kering. In September 2016, it was announced that Claus-Dietrich Lahrs would be named CEO, replacing Carlo Beretta.

Kering French holding, ex-PPR Group

Kering S.A. is an international luxury group based in Paris, France. It owns luxury goods brands, including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Boucheron, Brioni and Pomellato.


Early life and training

Born in April 1957 in Pforzheim, Germany, at the edge of the Black Forest, Maier was raised in a family of architects and attended a Waldorf school as a child. From there he headed to Paris, where he trained at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. [2]

Pforzheim Place in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Pforzheim is a city of over 120,000 inhabitants in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, in the southwest of Germany. It is known for its jewelry and watch-making industry, and as such has gained the nickname "Goldstadt". With an area of 97.8 km2 (38 sq mi), it is situated between the cities of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe at the confluence of three rivers. It marks the frontier between Baden and Württemberg, being located on Baden territory. From 1535 to 1565, it was the home to the Margraves of Baden-Pforzheim.

Waldorf education

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The Fédération française de la couture, du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode is the governing body for the French fashion industry. The Federation was created in 1973, growing out of an older trade association, the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture parisienne which was created in 1868. The Federation comprises three separate trade associations:


Maier's early professional experience includes designing for several fashion and luxury goods houses in France, Italy, and Germany, including Guy Laroche, Sonia Rykiel, where he designed men’s wear for eight years, and Revillon, where he spent four years as creative director. [2] For nine years, Maier was a women’s ready-to-wear designer at Hermès, where he also designed some leather goods and accessories. By 1999, he quit all his contracts and moved to Florida.

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Bottega Veneta, 2001–2018

Maier was appointed by Tom Ford to become the Creative Director at Bottega Veneta in June 2001, [2] [3] when the company was acquired by Kering, formerly Gucci Group. [4]

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During his time at Bottega Veneta, Maier presided over an extensive but deliberate expansion of the brand. He presented his first collection, which consisted solely of accessories, in September 2001, just a few months after being hired. Before embarking on a broader mission, he constituted the core values of Bottega Veneta, which he called “the four cornerstones”: fine-quality materials, extraordinary craftsmanship, contemporary functionality, and timeless design. The Cabat was introduced by Maier in his first collection and was designed to represent each of these core values, since becoming one of the label’s top selling items. Maier also affirmed that Bottega Veneta would return to its logo-less heritage, [2] conveyed in the famous slogan, “When your own initials are enough.”

Using those principles as a roadmap, Maier grew Bottega Veneta into the luxury lifestyle brand that it is today. In the first two years, he oversaw the opening of Bottega Veneta flagship stores in London, Paris, Milan, and New York, and added a small selection of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear pieces to the seasonal presentations. His first women’s ready-to-wear show took place in February 2005 and the first men’s runway show was held in June 2006. Among the product categories that Bottega Veneta now offers, in addition to full women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections, are accessories, fine jewelry, furniture, seating, tabletop, desktop, luggage, porcelain, eyewear, fragrance and watches. To help perpetuate the traditions that define the Bottega Veneta brand, Maier helped found an artisan school, La Scuola della Pelleteria, in Vicenza in 2006. In addition, St. Regis Hotels in Rome, Florence and Park Hyatt Hotel in Chicago offer Bottega Veneta suites. [5]

Vicenza Comune in Veneto, Italy

Vicenza is a city in northeastern Italy. It is in the Veneto region at the northern base of the Monte Berico, where it straddles the Bacchiglione River. Vicenza is approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of Venice and 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Milan.

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In 2014, Maier and Bottega Veneta partnered with the Japanese publication Casa BRUTUS and launched an initiative to raise awareness of the potential destruction of numerous significant Modernist buildings in Japan due to economics, politics and the preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics. [6]

Under Maier's leadership, Bottega Veneta tripled its revenues [7] and exceeded $1 billion in revenues for the first time in 2012 before revenues fluctuated for the following years. [8] By 2017, Saint Laurent overtook Bottega Veneta as Kering’s second-biggest source of revenue; Kering announced Maier's resignation on 13 June 2018. [1]

Tomas Maier

Tomas Maier established his eponymous swimwear label in 1997, with business partner Andrew Preston, and an online boutique was launched in 1998. [2] [9] Since then, five eponymous stores have opened in Palm Beach, Bal Harbour, East Hampton, and NYC. The collection is sold at over 100 stores in more than 30 countries around the world. [2] [10] On 19 November 2013, Kering announced it is investing in Tomas Maier's own label to "infusing it with the capital needed to ramp up expansion, including the addition of more company-owned boutiques". [2] As of November 2013, the private label generated about $10 million in revenue annually from swimwear, knitwear, and jersey. [2]

In 2018, Tomas Maier teamed up with Japanese casual wear retailer Uniqlo for a one-time-only resort-focused collection. [11]


Personal life

Maier moved to Florida in 1999. [12]

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