Simply Tomas Maier


Tomas Maier short biography
“I'm just trying to make some people who are looking for something particular happy.”
Tomas Maier

Tomas Maier was born in 1958 in Pforzheim, Germany, on the age of the Black Forest in a family of architects. After graduating from a Waldorf school, he moved to Paris where he trained at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and freelanced for some of the most prestigious fashion houses of France, Italy and Germany including Guy Laroche, Sonia Rykiel, Revillon and Herm├Ęs. In 1997 he also launched his own clothing label selling his collections in over 30 countries.

When Tomas Maier joined Bottega Veneta in 2001 as the brand’s new creative director, he knew what he was signing up for. The designer with his almost palpate desire for perfection and simplicity (he even removed “h” from his name in order to achieve visual symmetry) was a perfect choice for Bottega that was in desperate need of revival.

He gave the brand a future built on four core values: fine-quality materials, extraordinary craftsmanship, contemporary functionality, and timeless design. “A certain nothingness” is what he calls it. As a result we admire flawlessly perfect clothes that are beautiful lines wrapped around the body – not just fabrics, zips and buttons, and limited edition intrecciato bags that don’t require stitches and made entirely by hand by artisans some of whom have been working in the factory for more than 40 years.

Tomas Maier isn’t there to shock the fashion world. His goal is creating an impeccably constructed casual low-key luxury that may well be discreet to an outsider, but will definitely make you feel blissfully special once you get to experience it.

Source: quote is a part of an interview for Harper’s Bazaar US 2008
Photo source: The Talks


  1. Last week I was reading the blog of Style Bubble and she included a great quote by Mr. Maier: "The It Bag is a totally marketed bullshit crap. You make a bag, you put all the components in it that you think could work, you send it out to a couple of celebrities, you get the paparazzi to shoot just when they walk out of their house. You sell that to the cheap tabloids, and you say in a magazine that there's a waiting list. I don't believe that's how you make something that's lasting - that becomes iconic as a design" (

    I love handbags and I completely agree with him...

  2. @Not Just a Pretty Dress:
    I know this quote, darling and I love his point of view. But the quote been used to much all over the internet I chose not to include it. Instead I wanted people to see that he's got a lot more to say and so I found some of the other quotes including one here and one published earlier this week that people wouldn't necessarily know about. :)

  3. Your knowledge of Bottega's world never fails to impress me! So sad that the Bottega Veneta week is about to finish, but I'm sure you will keep surprising us...

  4. Wow what an interesting read,love your fashion knowledge,I really need to get studying :D

    Thanks for your comment.
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend <3

  5. He always makes me very happy - i said it before but one of the very few truly luxe brands left x

    thanks for a great insight

  6. Very insightful. Love coming here for all the Fashion titbits not found in Lookbooks :)


  7. interesting read hun, thanks for sharing!
    love your blog!
    i am your newest follower..
    would love to read more of your post..
    hope we can keep in touch!


  8. Thank you for sharing more about Tomas Maier. You know, I've always left him out when asked about my favourite designers and I don't know why, because I've been truly admiring his collections for a while now and have been inspired by his vision and point of view in every interview I've written about him. And you said it so beautifully and this is what I am looking for in a collection and designer: not to shock the fashion world, but to create an impeccable low-key luxury. xoxo

  9. Hi hun! Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog! Just looked through yours and am loving all the fashion info!!! Great blog!

    I am following you :)

    xoxo Denise

  10. Thanks for sharing this bio! A truly talented designer and I keep forgetting he's German (and funny to know he attended the Waldorf school, which tends to have a reputation of breeding hippies). BV bags are just divine and so very timeless.

  11. I think he is simply genius!

  12. Great post!!! Love the way you write it!! He is so cool! <3
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  13. I lvoe his creative vision!

  14. I am not well versed in certain designers backgrounds but he is fab! I had no idea he worked for sonia! Love bv and I don't have a bag! Need to work on this one!