Bottega Veneta is known for beautiful designs, and while you shouldn’t expect the next trendy bag from the house, you should expect to see new timeless bags. There are so many bags from Bottega Veneta that I love, and now add the new Olimpia Bag to my lust-list.

The Bottega Veneta Olimpia Bag was named after the renowned Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy, a gorgeous renaissance building in the city where the Bottega Veneta Atelier is located. The lines are easy, the design is simple and the appeal is subtle.

This bag exudes sophistication and class, it’s not meant to be an oversized carryall, it’s a sleek lady’s bag. You may know this shape from other designers, but it’s new for Bottega Veneta. The hand woven bag comes in a variety of colors and materials, with the price ranging between $2,620 for Nappa leather and $5,200 for Ayers.

This bag isn’t for every outfit or everybody, but if you need a bag that holds close to your body, has a shoulder strap, and will add glam to your wardrobe, this bag is for you. Shop via Bottega Veneta online.

Bottega Veneta Olimpia Bag Blue

Event: A Day at the Met Museum

Our Bags: Bottega Veneta Large Roma and Bottega Veneta Small Roma

Price: $3,570 for the Large and $3,520 for the Small

What To Do: Spend your day at the largest art museum in the United States and take in over two million works of art. The Met Museum itself is quite stunning, so your day will be surrounded by beauty and you and your mom will love every minute of the experience.

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Bottega Veneta and craftsmanship go hand in hand, but most customers never get to witness the work of the brand’s meticulously trained Italian artisans. When the opportunity to watch them ply their craft presents itself, you don’t want to miss it. Vlad and I feel incredibly lucky to have been witness to the magic of the Bottega Veneta artisans twice now.

Last night, we attended an event with artisans on hand to kick off the three-day Bottega Veneta Initials / Stitching event that the brand is currently holding in New York. The event offers customers the opportunity to discover the hand of their artisans, who have traveled from the atelier in Italy to offer Bottega Veneta’s personalization service. (more…)

Two years ago, Bottega Veneta introduced a personalization service, aptly named Bottega Veneta Initials. Vlad and I were part of the launch of this event in Italy and were able to see how the artisans from the Bottega Veneta atelier carefully added the letters to BV’s signature Intrecciato bags. Now Bottega Veneta is inviting you to be part of this amazing opportunity as well.

The Bottega Veneta artisans will be at the brand’s New York City flagship store on Fifth Avenue later this week, offering customers a view of the personalization service, this time with a focus is on adding hand-stitched crocodile skin initials to select bags. The first rendition of this personalization process involved hand-painting initials, but the stitching takes the luxury of personalization to a new level, something no other brand is doing. The artisans will be on hand for three days, and you are invited to view the craftsmanship come to life in a creative way. The demonstration will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and April 26, from 10:00am – 7:00pm and Sunday, April 27 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, in the New York City flagship store at 699 Fifth Avenue.

Bottega Veneta Initials Invite

One of my first major designer handbag purchases was a Bottega Veneta bag on a trip to Venice, Italy. It was a dream in every way; it was my first trip to Italy, the weather was immaculate and the store was beautiful. I picked a classic Bottega Veneta tote, and from that moment on, I’ve been hooked on BV. The leather is still some of the softest and most luxurious on the market, and the designs are subdued yet elegant.

The combination of ayers snakeskin, Nappa leather and Bottega Veneta’s famed intrecciato on the new collection of Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Nappa Ayers Handbags has me obsessing right now. I love the different materials paired together, which results in a beautiful, luxurious contrast. A tote and a messenger bag have been given this treatment trifecta, and while the tote would be a standout piece, the crossbody messenger is truly my latest obsession.

Offered in three colorways (nero, new red and trefle), the messenger adds a twist on one of the hottest trends of the season, a compact shoulder bag. I actually think the green lures me in most, providing a young and spunky touch to an already stunning piece. I could carry this bag from day to night with the greatest of ease. The tote is $3,750 while the messenger is $2,250 both via Bottega Veneta.

Last season, Bottega Veneta’s runway handbag display was a little sparse for a brand that’s so widely known and beloved for its fine leather goods, and I couldn’t help but wonder if that meant the brand was attempting to shift more of the focus to Tomas Maier’s luxurious, elegant ready-to-wear. Based on Bottega Veneta’s Fall 2014 handbags, that seems to have been a seasonal variation instead of a new trajectory; over the weekend, Bottega’s Milan runway played host to a slew of beautiful bags, many in snakeskin.

The shapes are traditional, and split evenly between ladylike and businesslike – half short-strapped shoulder bags, half triple-gusset handheld satchels that are, for all intents and purposes, briefcases. They’re uniformly luxurious, though, especially when the snakeskins are rendered in neutral variations. Check out all the bags below.

[Images via Vogue.com]

Charlize Theron was recently spotted running a few casual errands in LA while carrying a sumptuous, woven leather Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Nappa Convertible Bag. Bottega Veneta bags really seem to do wonders for classing up any outfit (see: Kim Kardashian), even when you’re just running around town in Nike sneaks. The brand seems to quite effortlessly stride the line between elegant and everyday. You can currently grab Charlize’s Bottega Veneta tote for $3,900 at Net-A-Porter.

Charlize has made a lot of headlines in the last few weeks for POSSIBLY being in a relationship with Sean Penn. I personally choose to patently ignore those rumors, because ladies, has the man’s relationship history taught us nothing? I’d instead like to point out that Charlize Theron did not appear in a single film release last year, but has two movies on tap for 2014: “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” Seth McFarlane’s send-up to old-timey Westerns, and “Dark Places,” a murder mystery thriller.

The Holidays have truly snuck up on us, and just in time for Christmas, Bottega Veneta has released a collection of essentials varying from its coveted Knot Clutch to a simple keychain in a brand new color for the brand called New Red. The hue of crimson is beautiful and as close to a true red as you can get.

From the different items Bottega Veneta has created in this colorway, my eye is immediately drawn to the Crocodile Knot Clutch. I’ve always had a soft place for the Knot, and this evening bag would look stunning against any item in my closet, especially at a swanky party. Throughout the range, this color produces energy and vibrance, from the smallest item to the larger tote.

With so many fashion people focusing on the perfect, sultry red lip, now’s the perfect time to focus on the perfect red bag, and Bottega’s new color may be just what you’re looking for. Shop Bottega Veneta’s New Red bags and accessories.

Paps recently caught up with Kim Kardashian on her way into the Heritage Auctions offices in Beverly Hills, carrying a bag we’re calling the Bottega Veneta Crocodile Shoulder Bag. This exotic bag fits in nicely with the rest of Kim’s high-end minimalist, post-Kanye wardrobe, but sadly, as with nearly every other bag we’ve seen on the arm of a celeb this week, it is not yet available to the public. It seems celebs simply can’t wait any longer to flaunt their Spring 2014 wares. In the meantime, you can shop a wide selection of Bottega Veneta at Net-A-Porter.

Heritage Auctions, of course, is notorious for its designer events, which are chock full of rare, exotic, and unusual high-end handbags (and it’s no secret that they are friends of the blog, for obvious reasons). Earlier this year, they helped Kim unload two Hermes bags that didn’t quite jive with her freshly rebranded sense of style. I can’t help but wonder if she’s eyeing something from the auction house’s upcoming December sale, or perhaps negotiating to sell more bags from her stash via HA in the future.

If you’re in the mood for a fun, exuberant, spring-like bag collection, Bottega Veneta Spring 2014 is simply not for you. On the other hand, if you’d like something slightly dour and vaguely Japanese (in the bags, at least – there was no vagueness in the clothes), well, step right up and take a look. There’s enough grey for everybody, even if you weren’t really looking for any.

The collection goes beyond grey, of course, but it’s an incredibly muted group of bags on the whole, even by somewhat conservative Bottega Veneta standards. The most vibrant bright you’ll find among these bags are a few pieces in brick red, but then it’s back to more leather, python, lizard, crocodile and tweed in desaturated neutrals. The simple, sumptuous duffel styles were easily the best bets, while the tweedy frame top handles left me wondering who actually buys those bags. I have yet to entirely puzzle that one out. Check out the collection below.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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