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Bottega Veneta Faces Criticism for Hosting Event During Berlin Lockdown, Afterparty Investigated By Police

Kwes Darko, Skepta, Slowthai and Alex Sossah arrive at Bottega Veneta's presentation of 'Salon 02' in  Berlin. Getty Images.
Kwes Darko, Skepta, Slowthai and Alex Sossah arrive at Bottega Veneta's presentation of 'Salon 02' in Berlin. Getty Images. (Pascal Stiehl)

The Kering-owned label was called out on social media for hosting a private event at the city’s Berghain nightclub on Friday, April 9, where guests including Virgil Abloh, Honey Dijon and Stefano Pilati viewed creative director Daniel Lee’s “Salon 02″ collection, despite rising cases of Covid-19 cases in the region.

But it was an an afterparty at Soho House that happened later in the evening, documented by some attendees on Instagram, that drew the attention of the Berlin police, which received a call 2.45am on Saturday morning regarding loud noises coming from the private members’ club, according to a report in The Guardian. (Bottega Veneta was said to have booked the club, which has locations across the globe, for the two weeks prior to the event.)

Currently, Berlin is under a strict lockdown, including a 9pm curfew after which gatherings of more than two people are banned, in an effort to combat another wave of coronavirus cases. Berliners must show shop owners a negative test before even entering a store, according to a France24 report.

A Soho House spokesperson told The Guardian that the event was “spontaneous” and eventually closed down by management, although an anonymous club employee said that there was a sound system set up prior to the party.

It remains unclear whether Bottega Veneta officially hosted the afterparty. A spokesperson for the brand did not respond to a request for comment.



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