There are several brand sections that I never miss when I go to a department store – we all have our favorites, and I can’t leave without checking up on Balenciaga and Valentino because they make my favorite bags, but I also don’t miss an opportunity for Bottega Veneta leather-fondling. One touch is all you need to know why the brand’s bags are so pricey.

I usually prefer it when Bottega makes their bags out of solid pieces instead of their famed intrecciato because it makes the quality of the material that much easier to appreciate, and that’s exactly what they’ve done with the Bottega Veneta Cervo Flap Shoulder Bag. It still has the woven touches that make it unmistakably Bottega, but the subtly grained flat leather is the real star of the show.

This isn’t the super-buttery leather that most Bottega bags feature, but it looks pretty scrumptious in its own right. It’s made of deerskin, which isn’t super common but feels amazing, and there’s plenty of it. I like the woven details around the edges of the flap and the bag itself, but I particularly like the way that the combination of flat and woven leather shows of the subtle variations in the color – it’s not usually possible to say that about black bags. Buy through Saks for $1780.

  • jburgh

    FYI – The is the Cervo bag (deerskin) Saks mispelled the name and the error has perpetuated itself. Lovely bag, hope to see it in person!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      I was wondering if that was an error since the bag was deerskin! I didn’t want to assume. I’ll fix it :-).

  • Davina

    I much prefer the intrecciato – woven all the way for me, baby!! :P

  • annabelle

    beautiful!!! the price isn’t bad at all either!!! (fb)

  • Sofia Nolan

    dislike for the color and big dislike for the design. what is this? 1954? :)

  • Valentina

    The fact that this bag has the woven as a “small” touch and not as the whole design made me love it. Gorgeous bag.

  • louch

    I keep being drawn to the slouchy BV’s rather than the woven. I love the way they still have some weaving on them without being overwhelmed by it.

  • atrophia

    Very nice–I like this a lot.

  • mochababe73

    It’s okay. I like the shape because it’s not something that you see everyday. I hope that it comes in other colors.

  • Couturecoco

    I have a question, hope someone can help: how does deerskin compare to calf or other leathers for that matter? Is deerskin more enduring or more delicate? Thx

    • Mousse

      I’m having very good luck with my two Cervo hobo bags. The leather is schmooshy soft and is wearing beautifully. (ipad)

  • Mousse

    Not crazy about this Cervo design. It looks so dated. I’ll stick with my Cervo hobos. (ipad)

  • Ellen

    I think that this is a little too boring, almost dated-looking. (ipad)