When it was announced that Celine’s former director of ready-to-wear would be taking over as creative director at Bottega Veneta no one quite knew what to expect. The then 32-year-old designer wasn’t a choice many expected to succeed beloved designer Tomas Maier and it was unclear what would become of the storied Italian design house, whose brand DNA remained strong under Maier’s reign. Yet, in his short time at the brand Daniel Lee has completely transformed the House all the while infusing his new vision with notes from the past.

The designer has been responsible for multiple major hits from handbags to shoes and beyond. Lee has single-handedly turned a brand that was once percieved as older and safe to modern and coveted, catapulting himself into the spotlight all the while. Lee’s most notable handbag hit remains to be The Pouch, which became an It-Bag almost overnight, selling out and becoming hard to track down in its early days.

Since then, Lee has released new versions of the beloved bag alongside other hits like the Padded Cassette and most recently, the Mini Jodie. This is Bottega Veneta under Daniel Lee and New Bottega has taken the fashion world by storm, solidifying that the brand’s identity is not only completely new, but also loved, as a new cohort of customers eyes Lee’s every move. Now, Lee has once again released a bag that is sure to be a hit among this new generation of Bottega Veneta lovers. Introducing, the Bottega Veneta The Belt Chain Pouch.

This new iteration of an instant icon combines two very of the moment trends, transforming the BV Pouch into a functional belt bag that can be worn across the body. This silhouette of the bag mirrors the original, crafted from soft and voluminous Nappa leather, though the size itself is a smaller version of The Pouch. The chain strap is adjustable allowing the bag to be worn both as a belt bag as well as a crossbody. Overall dimensions of The Belt Chain Pouch are 5.1″ L x 8.7″W x 2″ D and it retails for $2,160 via Bottega Veneta and MyTheresa.com.

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