Bottega Veneta

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…)

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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…)

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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…)

Bottega Veneta Large Hobo Bag, $3250 via Saks

Even though rust is an objectively negative thing outside of the fashion world, there’s no color that reminds me of cool evenings and changing leaves like that slightly dirty burnt orange that shows up when iron starts to oxidize. Bottega Veneta knows exactly what I’m talking about.

The Bottega Veneta Large Hobo Bag (why won’t Bottega give us better names?) has exactly the functional structure and traditional intrecciato leather that we’ve come to expect from the Italian accessories powerhouse, but that color. That color. Can you tell I’m ready for the weather to cool down, like, immediately? (more…)

Bottega Veneta Crocodile Wallet, $1150 via Mr. Porter

In the spirit of honesty, I would like to admit the following: My understanding of the men’s accessory industry is only a fraction of what I know about women’s bags and leather goods. There are a few reasons for that: First, I’m female, which means that my practical, first-hand experience with women’s leather goods is obviously going to be larger. Second, men’s fashion (and accessories in particular) have long been the redheaded stepchild of the industry, and only now are men’s fashion shows and trends starting to be covered with the attention that they deserve.

That’s a big part of why we started Man Bag Monday, but it also means that pieces like the Bottega Veneta Crocodile Wallet confuse me a little bit. Even though the price is well within the norm for an exotic women’s piece (if perhaps a bit high for a small wallet – it is Bottega, after all), how do men look at a wallet that costs more than a grand? (more…)

I suppose it could be argued that more subtle or more luxurious brands exist on the high-end mass market, but few brands garner such a large following as Bottega Veneta while still holding the attention of such a large audience. If you’re wondering about the source of that success, look no further than the Bottega Veneta Roma Accordion Tote.

At first glance, this design might seem unremarkable, but I can’t help but be impressed by the restraint Bottega shows in bags like these, season after season. The company may release a gimmicky bag here and there, but it’s always supported by tons of luxurious everyday bags that a woman could carry well beyond the immediate season. (more…)

Sunday night brought us the 2011 installment of the MTV Movie Awards, which is always a treat to watch. I always wait and hope for something crazy to happen, but the high point this year was merely hearing Robert Pattinson blurt out the F word and slip past the censors. Otherwise, I was back focusing on the fashion, per usual.

One of our favorite looks was the gal in the picture above with her elongated Bottega Veneta Knot Clutch. Only question is, do you know who’s that girl? Click to find out!

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