Sometimes it is far better to leave a classic untouched versus trying to amp it up with interesting renditions for each new season. Bottega Veneta is synonymous with both their intrecciato woven leather and classic Veneta shape. For Spring 2011, Bottega Veneta decides to stick with clean white intrecciato leather along with frayed accents, leaving us with a bag that looks a tad unfinished.

Actually, the bag just confuses me. Of course I have zero doubt that everything about this bag in person will be luxurious; the leather, attention to detail, and even the fraying. But it is just so odd.

Typically when anyone thinks of Bottega Veneta they think of simple and refined and that is what the brand usually delivers. But this is a different take. A strange take. I can however imagine this bag working well with flowing sheer blouses and crisp trousers. But I have to be honest, it is simply not for me. Is it working for you? Buy via Neiman Marcus for $2,480.

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  • BooIn

    Totally horrible! Turned out not fun at all. Bottega blew it, big time!

  • rebecca

    I don’t like this at all. It looks like a cat scratched up the bag. (ipad)

  • cl

    hahah i like how @rebecca described it! but i’d rather get the nice, smooth leather than this! (ipad)

  • Shana

    It looks like it’s unraveling (ipad)

  • atrophia

    It looks delicious, like coconut. (ipad)

  • Julie

    Good golly NO!!! I’d have to take the scissors to it and give it a trim! (iPad)

  • Angie

    True look like coconut but also look like I have damage my precious white leather bag (iPad)

  • beanyce126

    no no no BV didnt do well with this model. (ipad)

  • Sue

    I love it; it’s fun and witty (ipad)

  • Amy

    The good news? You wouldn’t have to worry about snagging/ripping it since it’s already distressed. The bad news? It’s fugly.

  • Musette

    Total FAIL


  • Emma G

    Not a fan (ipad)

  • bonniesgirl

    So relaxed. Looks like fun. (ipad)

  • Linda

    Looks like an unkempt bag and not up to BV standards!

  • jillybean307

    Noooo! Dislike! (ipad)

  • Donna C.

    Yikes this is horrible (ipad)

  • Limey

    not my type of texture… (ipad)

  • Vitta

    This ‘bohemian chic’ piece fits perfectly well in the style of people who pay a pretty penny for distressed (frayed, ripped or shredded) jeans and T-shirts (e.g. Balmain). Every style has its own market niche, thankfully. And, from this perspective, this bag is pretty interesting. (ipad)

  • Karolynka

    It looks horrible..then I hate this “fake poor looking” attitude in fashion lately..because price tags are def steep! (iPad)

  • MizzJ

    Hmm I do and I don’t. I appreciate the artistry involved here, and so part of me loves how unique it is. Another part though wonders if all the fraying would get annoying and cause more annoying questions from others than compliments! (ipad)

  • Laura

    I can certainly see a very hip chick carrying this bag, but the price is outrageous – almost $2500 for a one season bag with the season in question, the one for white, being all of 3 months! (iPad)

  • steff

    wow crazy(ipad)

  • shv209

    Not a fan of this bag…it looks like it was attacked by an animal (ipad)

  • christine

    it doesnt look like bottega anymore

  • C

    Not a fan! (ipad)

  • Tonya

    This would drive me crazy! I would want to clip all of those frays….ugh @ the price! (ipad)

  • nini

    That doesn’t look very sturdy (ipad)

  • nini

    The color and the design sort of reminds me of eraser shreds. (ipad)

  • Smith

    BV missed the mark here. whose going to pay that much for a bag that looks like it went thru the dryer a coupla times (ipad)

  • adrienne z


    HA HA HA!! (ipad)

  • Marianna

    I bet who ever come up with this bright idea also runs with scissors! (ipad)

  • 11

    It looks weird. (iPad)

  • Andrea

    not stylish, unsophisicated, ugly.

  • Mousse

    Tomas Maier: What were you thinking when you introduced white out of control threads? Just a couple of wears will show soiling unless of course the cat doesn’t get to it first and mistake it for a critter. (ipad)

  • annabelle


  • Deborah Curran

    I’m not a fan of the ‘fray’ , sorry . ipad

  • spanish moss

    oh, poor baby needs a hair cut. (ipad)

  • ok123

    i really like this bag, would love to wear it around in the summer(ipad)

  • Tonya

    lol @ adrienne z and spanish moss! (ipad)

  • Jenn

    It is interesting (ipad)

  • Jenn

    but kinda looks messy (ipad)

  • Jenn

    too unraveled (ipad)

  • Ellen

    I don’t really care for it. (ipad)

  • Elaine

    This looks really cheap to me. (ipad)

  • joycee

    not my cup of tea, still like the nappa finish (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Ew, not cute (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Why would you spend so much on something that I can do myself? (ipad)

  • Paulina

    I don’t like that. I’d rather wear it until it looks that ratty. (iPad)

  • Kelly

    omg, it looks terrible. (iPad)

  • Merve

    I want to pick it up and mend it. The poor thing. (ipad)

  • Shannon

    It looks like its been through a war. If I saw someone with that, I would think that they weren’t treating their bag properly. (iPad)

  • Kristin

    It just looks sad, like someone has abused the heck out of it. Hopefully the fraying works better in person… (iPad)

  • Marion

    I for one happen to like it a lot. It takes a couple viewings to really make an opinion. I’m gonna have to disagree with Megan though, I think it would look better as a winter wonderland kind of outfit. (ipad)

  • jenny

    haha… i cannot imagine paying for that (ipad)

  • Charissa

    perhaps few will love it, as it shows their delicate image, but to me it looks like and old lady in a form of a bag… (messed up white hair) but i guess i can give credit as an elegant old lady…?

  • Genius Loci


  • Maggie

    Hmmm… It looks like it needs a haircut! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    noooo thanks (ipad)

  • Staci

    I’m not a fan of the frayed look. (ipad)

  • Justine

    It looks like ugly. (ipad)

  • DJ

    It looks like the purses you see at the thrift store that you just know no one is going to buy.

  • YT

    Same feeling too… I prefer the spring 2010 collection more, this collection seems like trying too hard.. (iPad)

  • Linda

    Can’t believe that was done on purpose….(ipad)

  • Lin

    I truly dislike this bag. It looks like it was in a fight! (iPad)

  • Chris

    when this gets stained, it’ll look like a dirty old rag.

  • helen

    Certainly does looked frayed to say the least. (ipad)

  • Chele

    I adore BV but not this frayed veneta. Those frayed pieces would drive me crazy. (ipad)

  • Joanna

    No thank you (ipad)

  • Renee’

    I just want to snip, snip, snip. (ipad)

  • Melissa

    This poor bag got ate in the wash, just like my favorite sweater! If it was a less expensive bag, maybe….maybe. (iPad)

  • Alicia

    It must work better in person (ipad)

  • Alicia

    I wonder who would buy this though? (ipad)

  • 19yearslater

    It looks like someone’s cat got to it. The distressed look is definitely better on jeans. (ipad)

  • SS

    No. It’s depressing, somehow. (ipad)

  • Leigh

    This poor bag looks like it was attacked by a cat (and lost). (ipad)

  • Pam

    It looks like the loser in a bag fight. (ipad)

  • Ruhee

    It looks so so sad!!(ipad)

  • Jen

    Yeah… I like it. (ipad)

  • coachwife6

    no, no, no, no, no. (ipad)

  • Joanna

    It looks like a kid accidentally cut it while playing with scissors. NO! (iPad)

  • XXAL

    this is actually the first bag i love from bottega veneta (never thought this day would come).. my artist friend once said “if everyone in life was perfect, life would be boring” which i totally agree with. perhaps thats why i never liked the BV classics! (ipad)

  • Bir

    If they really wanted to sell this bag I say they sell it as an exotic tiger destroyed bag. it looks hurt !!!!!!

  • Adriana

    I love BV but this is awful. Dislike

  • greenpixie

    I prefer my bags to look new when I buy them, thankyouverymuch. (ipad)


    looks like a coconut covered cake :) (ipad)


    sooo yummy (ipad)


    i need a good white bag (ipad)


    creating outfits already :) (ipad)


    i like it (ipad)


    its different (ipad)

  • louch

    Those frayed bits would get caught all the time and pull. Yeck! (ipad)

  • Lianne

    Uh… no. I can see that as being cool for a day or two, until it starts catching on things, the frayed ends get dirty, and… (ipad)

  • Nikita

    Do not like! (ipad)

  • Joyce

    Looks like a shaggy dog! I’d rather buy a maltese (ipad)

  • polaris

    wanna shave it and im not into the shape either

  • Barb

    I just never have understood the “used” look. If I buy something new, I want it to look new. Don’t understand ripped holey jeans. I certainly don’t understand this bag. I normally love the Bottega Venata. (Ipad)

  • Barb

    No Way No How! (Ipad)

  • Sue E

    No way am I paying so much money for a bag that looks like it needs to go in recycle (ipad)

  • Letícia

    I don’t dislike it, but it really takes away from the purse… Looks too cheap for a brand that usually makes such nice, well finished pieces. (ipad)

  • Chic ‘n Cheap Living

    No, no, no (ipad)

  • Jsays

    one word. why? (ipad)

  • Kells

    Someone call BV and tell them their bag is unraveling.(ipad)

  • nick

    OMG, what a mess! (ipad)

  • Antonia

    Don’t like it! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    what happened?
    so, this is what BV bags looks like after being left in the washing machine / dryer, huh! (ipad)

  • quimerula

    I am sorry, but it’s a pass. (ipad).

  • Diane

    yaiks…definitely not!!! (ipad)

  • swati

    dear god! what have they done (ipad)

  • dalex

    Definitely different and beautiful, but the price tag is unfavorable to say the least! (ipad)

  • Rachel

    Were they out of creative ideas? (ipad)

  • yeh-yeh

    a publicity stunt from BV

  • Sil

    that’s a really ugly bag.
    it looks like it got into a fight with a cat, and the cat won

  • Elizabeth

    um EW i HATE it!! (ipad)

  • Thanh

    looks used! (ipad)

  • ellen

    no thanks! (ipad)

  • Heidi

    Just a crazy expensive mess!!

  • mango

    uhhhhh…not sure about this at all. (ipad)

  • Olivier

    It looks like it’s decomposing or something… Ugh, don’t like it at all! BV has disappointed me! (ipad)

  • Mousse

    I so want the (ipad)

  • PurseAdict

    definitely not for me (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    I would be afraid of the loose strains getting caught somewhere (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    It’s like the a clean homeless look (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    If that’s even possible (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    I don’t even know what you can wear with this (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    So disappointed with this bag (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    It’s so blah (ipad)

  • Desaria

    ummmm it looks old and unfinished (ipad)

  • Lorna

    Looks like my cat got at it LOL (ipad)

  • wendy

    No thanks! I think it’s ugly. (ipad)

  • Beth

    It looks like it from Walmart Clearance Rack. (ipad)

  • Diane Bassette

    not liking this bag at all!!! looks all beat up! (ipad)

  • Ellen Supnick

    Disaster Bag! how ugly, what were they thinking? It will for sure be on sale in all stores..

  • darla

    someone will like it….gosh, i hate it that they have to resort to doing stupid stuff like this when they are SO much better than the ridiculous trendy over the top expensive manufacturers…and yet, here they are…

  • Lulugurl

    OMG! 2500$ for a bag that looks like it has been put through the wringer! No way. I don’t need anyone to help me with deconstructing my bag!

  • zule

    This bag is dreadful; it will not be a memorable one as many other Bottega seasonal styles.

  • TFlan

    Is this from the Target line? Ha ha!