A few short weeks ago, Megs and I received an invitation to the launch of a new online initiative by the Italian fashion house that would be held during the Salone del Mobile in Milan. Details were kept under tight wraps, all we could do was to speculate that the new launch was involving bags of sorts. Details aside, the short trip was going to involve Bottega Veneta, Milano, new bags, pasta, and fresh local burrata cheese. Sign me up.

Shortly after arriving in Milan, we headed to the BV headquarters where we were introduced to the Bottega Veneta Initials campaign. Extending the philosophy of individuality and confidence of the company’s motto “When your own initials are enough”, customers now have the option to adorn their favorite handcrafted Bottega pieces with the elegance of a monogram. Tomas Maier, the creative director at Bottega Veneta, expressed his excitement over the launch because it allows “to take the customer-centered philosophy of Bottega Veneta one step further.” (more…)

While I was reading about the gorgeous new Bottega Veneta Suite at the Park Hyatt Chicago (above) yesterday, I got to dreaming about what it would be like to stay in a room like that. Anyone who’s ever picked up one of the Italian brand’s luxurious handbags knows exactly how luscious and soft the leather is, and rolling around on a couch of the same provenance must be what dreams are made of. Just as I was thinking about booking a trip to the Windy City to do just that, I realized that this was likely something Bottega had done before at other hotels.

As it turns out, I was right. In the past decade, Tomas Maier has designed at least two other luxurious hotel suits, both for St. Regis hotels in New York and Rome. There also seems to be talk of a St. Regis room in Florence, but since all the pictures I find of it are the same as the pictures from Rome, we’ll have to make due with just those two. Check out both setups after the jump – personally, Chicago is my favorite. (more…)

Last night Vlad and I sat down with a huge bowl of popcorn (among many other treats) to watch the 2012 Oscars. Only a few of the attendees outfits really caught my attention, but from the moment Michelle Williams graced my TV screen, I was obsessed.

She picked a stunning coral Louis Vuitton dress that was both feminine and delicate. I could not stop staring. With her perfect pixie cut and smile, Michelle Williams was the belle of the ball as her dress brought back feelings of old Hollywood glamour. And instead of picking a clutch in a color that was too safe or too match-y, Michelle opted for the iconic Bottega Veneta Knot Clutch in a girlish blush crocodile. Her look was flawless from head to clutch. Shop Bottega Veneta via Net-A-Porter.

Divine! She was by far my best dressed last night. Who was yours? (more…)

Images via Vogue.com

For a brand that uses no external logos, monograms or even so much as a tiny name stamp, a Bottega Veneta bag sure is easy to spot from a mile away. Not only does any handbag addict know Bottega’s signature intrecciato woven leather well, but Tomas Maier’s reign at the Italian company has brought with it signature flourishes that make the leather goods uniquely Bottega without making them any less elegant or subtle.

Maier’s use of crocodile, for one, is always a highlight, and that’s absolutely true for Bottega Veneta Fall 2012. I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is – perhaps something in the quality of the colors that he chooses, or maybe the hardware in which its trimmed – but those bags always look not only so chic, but also so Bottega. This collection plays slightly more with layered embellishment than Maier has done in his handbags in the past, but the effect is one of slightly restrained, utterly elegant adornment. (more…)

Thanks to Amanda for holding down the virtual PurseBlog fort while Vlad and I spent Christmas in Germany and the Czech Republic. I planned to do some work while abroad, but we spent every minute of every day exploring new cities and taking in the culture (and cuisine). For this reason, I took a straight eight days off work and it was glorious. But now I am back and Amanda will get a little downtime before 2012 begins.

I’m not the only person who spent the holidays traveling, as this is the season for millions to leave home. I have finally come along to the idea of having a more luxurious carry on bag, and the Bottega Veneta leather travel trolley is my latest want. (more…)

I used to associate black and blue with bruises, but going forward I will always think of this stunning Bottega Veneta Knot clutch instead. Leave it to Bottega to know exactly what I adore and design it in a way that has me going gaga. We have discussed their Knot clutch ad nauseum and my two favorite renditions have been their crocodile version and their intrecciato metal version. But now I have both in one place and that feels like Christmas came early.

With the perfect touch of sophistication, the Bottega Veneta Crocodile and Intrecciato Metal Box Clutch integrates textures and colors in a completely fashion-forward combination. (more…)

Dare I say it, but has anyone else found Bottega Veneta a little boring as of late? There is nothing wrong with the company’s designs, in fact they are gorgeous, but I really want something that can lure me in and I simply can not say that is what BV has done for me recently. I have always loved the brand, and I want so badly to love what they put out that this pouch has my heart doing an itty-bitty happy dance.

A good pouch can either be used in addition to your handbag or to stand alone, and the beauty of the Bottega Veneta Laser-cut Leather Pouch needs to be seen. I would gladly carry this pouch as an independent piece so everyone could see the intricate black goat leather laser-cut detailing. (more…)

Images via Vogue.com

Bottega Veneta never disappoints. I realize that’s something of a strong statement, but I honestly can’t remember a time when I’ve looked through the handbag images from a Bottega show and thought, “Eh, these are ok.” The bags are always utterly luxurious and usually quite functional on top of it. Tomas Maier knows where his brand’s strengths lie, and as a result, the bag lovers in his customer base always get something utterly lustworthy for their patronage.

Despite a design or two that doesn’t quite pass muster (riveting just make ostrich skin look strangely mottled on a few of these bags), Bottega Veneta Spring 2012 stands out as a very strong handbag collection in a season that’s seen a few stinkers from brands that are usually reliable. Ladies, Bottega is still the Bottega you all know and love. (more…)

Bottega Veneta Leather Leaf Clutch, $3380 via Net-A-Porter

We all know that Bottega Veneta masters the art of intricate leatherwork. However, there may be a time when the beauty that is created is simply not necessary and the Bottega Veneta Leather Leaf Clutch may be one of those times.

Don’t get me wrong, this bag is eye-catching with its interesting leather leaf detail over the entire outside of the hard box clutch. But I wonder the practicality of this item and on top of that the price reaches the high end of the scale. So I am turning to you to have you tell us what you think of this designer clutch. Buy via Net-A-Porter for $3,380.

Fill in the blank: The Bottega Veneta Leather Leaf Clutch is _______________.

Bottega Veneta Metal Lace Karung Knot Clutch, $3980 via Bottega Veneta

One of my favorite parts of fashion is the gift of imitation. I remember being blown away by the pleats printed on the flat skirt of a Prada dress when I was younger, and the ability to trick the eye and make something expected out of something totally unexpected is one of the best visual treats you’ll find. It’s the kind of creativity that reminds us all why we pay these prices.

That’s exactly the kind of reaction that I had to the Bottega Veneta Metal Lace Karung Knot Clutch when I first saw it. On initial visual inspection, it just looks like regular black lace overlaid on a cream-colored fabric; a nice clutch, but not a particularly fascinating one. The reality, though, is much more interesting. (more…)

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