He’s also anti-materialism: “I’m not somebody who likes to possess. I’m not the person who has six hundred suits. I want to have two suits. Actually, I want to have one suit, and I replace it.” He applies that feeling to how people should shop, insisting that Bottega’s goods are not beyond the reach of the middle class, which has been trained to want too many things. “Anyone, he said, could afford one $550 hand-painted cashmere scarf,” Colapinto writes. “‘Just have less,'” he said.”

-Tomas Maier