I’ve been dreaming and writing about bags for so long that I’ve watched different trends come, go, and then come back around. There are specific bags, however, that stay embedded in my memory for various reasons, and one was the Bottega Veneta Cabat. This bag will forever be one of the most meticulous works of handbag art, one of the bags that validated my appreciation for the design of these objects that I love.
History and Process of the Cabat
I remember the first time I learned about the Bottega Veneta Cabat, it was over 15 years ago, and upon hearing more – my love turned into a sincere fascination and appreciation. In fact, for the original size (which is large), the classic Intrecciato Cabat takes two people two days to seamlessly weave the leather strips into the shape. This bag has no inner lining; it’s a fully formed bag crafted from woven leather, which shows inside and out. Stitching, applying handles, and hand finishing the edges takes place on another day, and before all of this, there is the precision work of treating, preparing and cutting the leather itself. The Cabat has always come with a more substantial price tag, but it also comes with the craftsmanship and artistry that commands it.
The original Cabat was a 250-run limited edition bag, with each plated and numbered, and for several years, the bags stopped being a big push for the brand. However, recently the Cabat returned, and this time in three sizes. There is the mini, medium, and large,, and today I am here to fangirl over the mini.
Why this mini bag?
I am in love. In that kind of deep, I can’t stop thinking about the bag, bag love. I have always found myself oddly drawn to the mini trend, with the practical problem of the pint-sized bags not being functional at all. At the very least, I need a bag that will fit my phone, and otherwise, I find it highly problematic to carry a bag that doesn’t fit one of the items I simply do not leave home without.
The Mini Cabat brings the delicate and specific process to a smaller size, with a detachable strap to round it out and make this bag even more usable. There’s also an interior zipped pocket that can be removed as well, and while this seems like a small touch, I feel like it makes this bag that much more of a strong sell for me. The lambskin leather is incredibly smooth, and the color I keep coming back to is what Bottega Veneta calls pistachio. This creamy green will pair with most of your outfits, and we all know Bottega Veneta’s greens are a brand signature. Dimensions are 6″ H x 7.8″ W x 4.7″ D. The strap drop allows for 19.6″.