While the entirety of Italian fashion is busy making itself over in technicolor, leave it to Tomas Maier and Bottega Veneta to step back for a moment to remind us all of the not-insignificant charms of a functional, neutral, well-made luxury bag. That description might seem like it would portend a collection of boredom, but quite the contrary – Bottega Veneta Spring 2011 speaks softly, but carries a big stick.

With these designs, Maier sends a clear message – a bag doesn’t have to have a gimmick to be great. Texture and ease abounds in this collection, and that translates into exotics, frayed edges and a host of variations on Bottega’s traditional intrecciato theme. The results are functional and beautiful, and there’s not a fad in sight.

Photos via Style.com.

  • raw

    luxe, but a bit boring!

  • Hect

    Classic very bottega not the most thrilling of collections color and texture wise but you can never go wrong with bottega

  • Melina Starr

    Obsessed with #s 1 and 23. They are beautiful, classic BV – elegant and understated. Not so crazy about the hairy ones though. http://www.missknowitall.com

  • Babe Phat

    I JUST CANT STOP STARING AT NO.21 IS VER ARTISTIC!!!

  • babe

    I love it!

  • Connie

    Can anyone see my mouth watering from here?! My favs are the Bottega ‘1’ & the Bottega ’20!’ They are very nicely done! Hold on while I wipe the drull from my face. lol

  • mochababe73

    I don’t see much that I like about this collection. It’s a bit schizophrenic. I only like number 15 (the clutch), and that’s it.

  • louch

    THIS is how to make a bag collection. Stunning. Simple, elegant, understated. I am sure there will be other colours available. Don’t like the hairy bags but – looks like they are fraying and about to fall apart.

  • Lianne

    Nice. I especially like the dark brown with the letter flap.

  • Ana JB

    I just LOVE B.Veneta’s bags… So sad that here in Montreal, Holt Renfrew doesnt have all the bags :(

  • Nola

    I’m kinda bored with these…bummer cuz I usually love BV

  • merve

    Now thats more like it. I think my heart missed a beat.

  • shopper

    These are great! I love the textures

  • Connie

    This is the next best thing to attending a fashion week show! Thank you for posting these handbags.

  • Zoe

    I only like the clutches, but they did push the envelope for their brand.
    I’m sure alot love the bags. The always find a way to change it up?

  • nancy poling

    I’ve always considered purses a rather boring accessory. That’s why I usually buy a red one if I can. Hm, there’s got to be a comment out there about what kind of woman carries red.

  • Jo

    They r lovely… I always love Bottega Veneta bags… very understated brand!

  • nini

    I love 20!! It looks perfect for work! (ipad)

  • Mousse

    I’m loving the new cabats. (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    oh thank god there’s still somebody staying true to its roots!
    this is definitely the best collection EVER!! (ipad)

  • helen

    What a nice variety here. (ipad)

  • nini

    # 20 (ipad)

  • nini

    #20 is sooo suitable for work. (ipad)

  • nini

    But my manager will think I’m prodigal. (ipad)