Everyone can go into a store and buy a handbag off of the shelf. Many of those bags we buy are very meaningful to us for different reasons. I now have a handbag in my collection that is so meaningful, so special, and so rare, it has a slight golden glow coming from behind it whenever I look at it. This bag did not come from a shelf. It was part of a special order process, considered personally by Tomas Maier himself, for a small group of PurseForum members.

The Process

In November of 2009, the Bottega Veneta Forum on TPF began considering a group special order. It had been done previously with smaller accessories, but the goal now was to see if it could be done with a proper bag. And so the process began, with one diligent member of the PurseForum and a Bottega Veneta store manager. The amount of emails that went back and forth was mind boggling, as every single option for the bag was customized and had to be approved by BV Corporate.

The long, tedious process resulted in the most timeless, versatile, and exclusive Bottega Veneta Stretch Knot clutch. If this bag was in production by Bottega Veneta, it would be bought up in an instant. Unfortunately (for the masses), there are only an exclusive number of these bags made, and as with every Bottega Veneta special order, this bag will never see production.

The Specs

This very limited creation carries the fancy name Bottega Veneta Nero Intrecciato Karung Stretch Knot Clutch. It may seem a mouthful, almost intimidating. Ranking among the most popular bags by Bottega Veneta, the Knot Clutch is a personal favorite because of its truly timeless appeal and elegant design.

The skin for our special order was chosen to be Nero Karung Luster in a full body Intrecciato. The hardware is dark brunito, which is equivalent to gunmetal. The inner lining calls itself “black moire”, a wavy-patterned silk which seems more durable than simple silk. The inside also resents a fancy silver plaque, made from silver with personalized characters (I chose to have it say MEGS) and limited edition verbiage. The price for our special order was negotiated at $2,200.

The significance this clutch holds for me is not just it being a special order, but also that it was created with a group of PurseForum members. Over the past five years, the forum has grown into a massive social network, still with small enclaves where different interest groups have found their ‘place’. Each sub-forum carries a different tone and feeling. This entire special order process with Bottega Veneta showcases why this community is so unique and offers so much more than just bag talk.

This clutch will always hold a special place in my heart. A very exclusive and fabulous piece of Bottega Veneta is mine, alongside only nine other people in the world.

Can’t say that happens every day.

  • Kimberly

    GORGEOUS!!! I absolutely love this and how exciting to have your name on it. I couldn’t be more jealous. (fb)

  • amber

    that’s a great story! very neat… (fb)

  • Yoonmee

    Gorgeous! I too am jealous of your bag. It’s so cool they made a bag especially for Purse Blog! (fb)

  • patricia

    wow. that’s a truly amazing piece. lucky you megs! :) (fb)

  • ad

    oh my!! that is absolutely beautiful.. its breathtaking! wow, wow, wow. and the story behind it is soo meaningful. i am green with envy ;)
    congrats megs! i hope u’ll really enjoy it. (fb)

  • T

    I feel so happy for you Megs! This is such an amazing bag but there is no tinge of jealousy at all because you ABSOLUTELY deserve this 100% for all your hard work spent on building this website and getting it to how it is today :)

    I’ve been an avid reader since 3 years ago and this is the first website I visit every morning followed by gmail then facebook. I’m really really glad for you! :D

    • T

      (fb) oops

  • Q

    What can I say more? Love it much (fb)

  • Tonda

    I absolutely LOVE it!

  • Tonda

    What a gorgeous addition that would be to anyone’s collection! (FB)

  • DoreenJoy

    Gorgeous! And I’m thrilled that I suggested the Stretch Knot for our tPF SO.

  • Debbie

    absolutely stunning! BV is fast becoming one of my favorite designers. What an amazingly unique and personal piece to have in your collection. (fb)

  • Mommy needs a new bag

    Wow, what a gorgeous clutch – congratulations! Thanks for sharing the story and the pics.

  • Kiwishopper

    Stunning!!! How rare and special it is!! (fb)

  • Gabrielle

    What an honor! Wonderful!

  • Cerise

    WOW! That is amazing! I would LOVE to have a bag that classic and that rare. You are a lucky lady! (fb)

  • Clary

    Absolutely stunning. (fb)

  • Davina

    love it! can’t wait until I have a BV of my own! (fb)

  • Cheryl

    Absolutely love it and congratulations Meg!!!

  • EryGonz

    Lovely! I’m glad you shared with us! Love the details and everything that makes this clutch special/unique! (fb)

  • Kathleen

    I’m happy for you Meg!
    Congrats!

  • Paulina

    Megs, it’s gorgeous! (fb)

  • Lydia

    I love moments like this when a fashion house/brand proves that they really are doing it for the customer. The bag is timeless not only for appearance, but because you can not confine sentimentality to a time frame. (fb)

    • jburgh

      I cannot believe this is the first time I visited this blog post. Lydia your comment really touched me. The Stretch Knot turned out so well for us. The full intrecciato style really catches the eye. I am so glad this idea came to fruition and I will use mine for many years.

  • Beth

    Beautiful and timeless. Congrats on this wonderful collaboration.

  • reneeo

    What an incredible special bag. I am envious (but in a good way!) What a great job designing—I LOVE this bag. It is truly special.

  • VERON

    So happy for you megs, please take picture when u use it ;)

  • VERON

    So happy for you megs, please take picture when u use it ;) (fb)

  • annabelle

    what a beauty!!! the purseforum members obviously have great taste!!!

  • kylie

    ahh~ that’s soooo cool!! (fb)

  • christine

    megs, you are one absolutely lucky girl to have a unique made to order bottega!
    & happy easter to all of you :) (fb)

  • sohhee

    it’s beautiful! (fb)

  • Eric

    lucky you to have this bag, i am envious :-) – (fb)

  • TanyA

    Congratulations that is truly an honor.
    The clutch is absolutely beautiful. (fb)

  • A-T-G

    That is a beautiful bag and a lovely reminder of why I love tPF so much!

  • ceejay

    What a great story and memory connected to that bag! (fb)

  • Deb

    Wow! how pretty! (fb)

  • NANCYH

    im jelaus :(((((
    (fb)

  • Dayzley

    wow its gorgeous! enjoy ur new clutch.:-)

  • ad

    i still can’t get over of how beautiful this piece it. I’m dreaming about it in my sleep! (fb)

  • confeteria

    I am jealous. Can imagine that the feeling of owning such a bag is indescribable! (fb)

  • Cindy

    This is a great story! I am impressed with this clutch, it is beautiful! (fb)

  • Nirali

    Wow this is such a lovely and special bad!! I love the texture, real sophistication i think

    (fb)

  • michele

    Beautiful!! (fb)

  • farija

    a very classy bag(fb)

  • Anna Cooperberg

    What a beautiful piece! You’re lucky to own such a unique Bottega. Wear it well, as I know you will :)

  • covertanjou

    Great story! Congratulations on your beautiful bag. I wish I could afford it…sigh. (fb)

  • shayna

    cutest bag ever!(fb)

  • anna

    I love it, the texture looks amazing (fb)

  • karikari

    It looks absolutely wonderful!
    Special ordering/ costum ordering something really is luxery :-)
    I especially like the size of the clutch, some of BV’s clutches are a bit to small for my taste, but this one has the perfect size for a clutch!
    Congrats to the lucky 10 owners! (fb)

  • Signe

    Lovely! (fb)

  • Valentina

    The angels made this, and they got tired in the middle of the production, but then they realized how great it was to make just ten as a way to give us shopaholics a lesson and punish the rest that will never touch this and will dream about it for the eternity. I died :( (that means it’s BEAUTIFUL) (fb)

  • Lisa

    Love it, so beautiful! (fb)

  • BLynnT

    Congrats! (fb)

  • lulilu

    This is just a fabulous, gorgeous sleek elegant bag! 10 lucky ladies!!!

  • zaali

    Wow…Beautiful BV and made for you (Megs) only…special, very special…(FB)

  • Silvana

    its exquisite! (fb)

  • Jane

    Congrats, I remember reading the forum messages back and forth. Now to be able to see the final clutch I am truly in awe. I to see the golden light behind that beautiful one of a kind clutch. Do you hear the angelic voices singing along with the light? I am so happy for the ten purse forum members to see your collaboration come to such a fruitful ending is fun to watch. Congrats! (fb) Happy Easter Everyone

    • Jane

      P.S. Vlad truly beautiful photos. It looks like a railroad car. My favorite is the one the clutch on the step because I enjoy the play of pattern from the clutch to the step. Its wonderful (fb)

  • justa9url

    Wow, this is one gorgeous clutch. Who are the lucky 9 others? (fb)

  • Kayleigh

    This clutch is so beautiful– what an amazing piece to call your own!!! (fb)

  • JJ

    what a stunning piece of artwork this bag it! what a special reward this is for all the hours and countless messages of collaboration that went into its design. The 10 members of tPF that own this clutch are very lucky ladies indeed. And Vlad, what stunning pics you have taken! You truly amaze me every time!! The pic of the plate is just stunning! I can’t wait to see the “action” shots of Megs with this bag! (fb)

  • Hellena

    Fantastic as every other Bottega clutch-lucky Meg!!

    • Hellena

      Ooops forgot the (fb) :-P

  • Marian

    This is a truly special bag! (fb)

  • Audrey H.

    It’s a beautiful clutch. Ten lucky ladies, enjoy! (fb)

  • sndc99

    How wonderful for you. I think I would spend a lot of time looking at it. congrats

  • Eliana

    Lovely clutch, beautiful details! (fb)

  • MarvelGirl

    Oh MEGS. I can feel the emotion and excitement emanating from your words when I read this very special article.

    Please know that the rest of us feel the exact same way about this very special knot clutch. A chance like this does not come along every day and I for one am so happy and feel so BLESSED to have been a part of it.

    Brava, my dear PurseForum sisters. Brava!

  • Pat

    I love your description of the entire process and what the bag means to you as well as to the rest of us who chose to participate. Vlad’s photos are stunning, as usual. Thanks to you both!

  • Kendra

    That’s so expensive but I’d buy one, too :) (fb)

  • Beth S.

    Absolutely stunning, and so meaningful! (fb)

  • Shannon

    That clutch is gorgeous! It’s such a wonderful way to unite a subgroup of the forum, different than the meetups. And if that sad day ever comes when the forum is no more, you’ll always have this as a special memory of it.

  • Shannon

    That clutch is gorgeous! It’s such a wonderful way to unite a subgroup of the forum, different than the meetups. And if that sad day ever comes when the forum is no more, you’ll always have this as a special memory of it. (fb)

    • Shannon

      Oops, didn’t mean to post that twice, stupid iPod!

  • stacy

    Very Unique and Very Beautiful. Congrats to the Ten special people who own one. Thanks for sharing. Love the photos!! (fb)

  • Jose

    Lovely! (fb)

  • Rosanna

    What a stunning clutch! Congratulations to those nine other lucky people too! (fb)

  • MizzJ

    Wow this is amazing! Not only because it is a beautiful clutch, but because of how it came to be. You guys are so lucky!!

    http://highmaintenancewoman.blogspot.com

  • mai

    So cute. Loves it

  • sndc99

    I fought to add my(fb)

  • Nicola

    the epitome of elegance just became so much more (fb)

  • Tina Fahnestock

    Woah! That is beautiful! Love it!!! (fb)

  • Eric

    elegant, super classy.. – (fb)

  • Elyse

    wow. it’s gorgeous (fb)

  • Tamee

    Aahhh, the power of tpf! What a fabulous clutch to have! (fb)

  • Dawne Strehl

    So special. One to keep forever! ‘(fb)’

  • Bichon Lover

    Beautiful words Megs! I carried mine today and showed it off in all it’s glory to every family member inside and out. They were so in awe and impressed.

    Someone said they thought they would spend a lot of time looking at it and I do. When I’m not using it, it’s propped up against a piece of art glass on my coffee table so I can ogle it :-)

    I feel very lucky to be in the company of such special women who share this same joy!

  • Alanna

    lucky ladies! that is gorgeous, especially the clasp (fb)

  • Kate

    ohhhh that is a beautiful beautiful bag (fb)

  • Gelynn

    Beautiful details!! (fb)

  • ShoeQueen1961

    Do it girl!!!

  • papertiger

    Congratulations – it’s utterly gorgeous and worth every penny

  • Kristina | Pretty Shiny Sparkly

    You are one lucky girl!

    http://prettyshinysparkly.com

  • Alia

    This clutch is to die for and the emotional value attached to it is priceless! i love it! (fb)

  • karolynka

    this is beyond fabulous..not only the clutch, which is beyond amazing and leaves everybody speechless, but the fact that was made to order for ten of you! i really hope i can find a good job again (i lost mine last year, i decided to go back to university and try to achieve more competences..and since then i’m surviving with small jobs..) and earn cash so i can be part of another special order :) i love this blog and the forum, you truly make my each single day!! (fb)

  • Aura

    Congratulations Megs! It is stunning!

    (fb)

  • Sofia Nolan

    look at that knot… very pretty iLike it

  • Lizzie

    Very pretty, but waaay too much

    (fb)

    • sienna

      Congrats on your beautiful purchase, Megs. I’m drooling with envy.
      I was actually thinking that’s not a bad price for a personalized BV Knot of that size. Totally worth every penny.
      Is special order like this something Bottega does for everyone (as long as they pay)? I should tell my bf about this. He LOVES bottega more than I do…

  • Pattie

    that is very special! having your name engraved into the name tag! totally worth every penny! not everyday can you do something like that especially BV! (fb)

  • Maria

    stunning clutch! cgonrats megs! (fb)

  • Rachel

    wow, i can see how that is so meaningful. tpf is such an accomplishment and that is a clear symbol of that!! Its so classic to. Congrats Megs!!

  • Rachel

    ^^^ (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    That’s a beautiful clutch! (fb)

  • Jenny

    yay! (fb)

  • Steph

    Gorgeous!! (fb)

  • Amanda

    This is so cool!!!(fb)

  • Karen

    I can’t get over how AMAZING this is. What a heirloom piece you guys have now! Thats insane!! i’m jealous and in awes all at once. I think I’ve read this post 10 times and still can’t believe how incredible the whole thing is! (fb)

  • abitnerdy

    Oh my goodness, I am drooling. This is gorgeous. Perfect proportion. That knot is beautiful. This is beautiful MEGS. Yes i am Drooling. Elegant, classy, timeless. Beautiful. Gorgeous. tis love. (fb)

  • Joy

    hmmm….
    not really my fav..
    (fb)

  • madz

    milestone bag for real-life milestones… no better way to reward yourself than with an absolutely great purse (fb)

  • hannah

    this is way too cool :) congrats to you 10!! jealous jealous :) (fb)

  • Ali Orr

    love the overall texture…and the “megs”…great look…(fb)

  • ad

    the knot is sooooooo beautiful. it is truly a masterpiece to own a limited edition ones. congrats again megs! (fb)

  • Christina

    i have to say the overlook and the amount of detail makes it one very valuable special edition. (fb)

  • Fuji

    Lovely!

  • JJ

    I just had to come back for another look at this clutch and these gorgeous pics!! I know you guys are crazy busy, but we need more pics in the Shutterbug column Vlad! You do such a good job. Start snapping pics of anything & everything!! (LOL!) (fb)

  • kee

    wow i saw this purse and my heart almost stopped! its really beautiful.

  • Jen

    It is beautiful to be sure, but I am not sure the creation and acquisition of it is on the level solving world peace or the birth of a child for example. It is a purse, and BV is waaay too expensive now. I remember them before they were so snooty and mere mortals could own one. Circa 2001/ 2002. The good old days.

  • Miva

    Love the bag!! CONGRADS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mousse

    Love it. You are so lucky to have one. (ipad)

  • Ellen

    So gorgeous! How amazing to have a bag so exclusive and personalized! (ipad)