You might want to sit down, if you aren’t already. At first, I was really excited to see the Bottega Veneta Leather Fringe Shoulder Bag. But then, I saw it and I became extremely conflicted. As I’ve mentioned several times before, I am totally in love with the leather Bottega Veneta uses on its handbags. It is always supple, always gorgeous and always bumps up the bag design to the next level.

That lovely leather is can be seen on this bag as well. However, I am a bit concerned that it looks, hmmm, a bit unfinished. Yet, as soon as I type those words I go to the complete opposite end of the spectrum and begin to think that this pattern is an eccentric and unique play on the intrecciato weaving and slight fringe.

A zoomed in look at the bag demonstrates how the design actually is fairly thought out. Perhaps it is BV’s way of spicing up their collection a bit? The bag boasts a single shoulder strap with a 13″ drop, a flap closure and two zipper pouches under the flap. While I am still not sure this bag is for me, I can imagine those of you boho fashionistas out there would rock this bag with pride. So, tell me, what do you think: fab or drab? Pre-order through Saks for $1850.

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  • joce

    I too love BV’s leather but never bought their bags before coz they’re a bit conservative. I like where they’re going with this bag but i think i’d like it more if it were messenger style.

  • otter

    I like it — just think it should be bigger.

  • Holly

    vote for unfinished.

  • Cynthia

    A bit too boho for me too. I doubt this bag will stand the test of time. It looks like something my mom would have worn in the 60s.

  • Rashida

    I agree it does look a bit unfinished but the leather looks supple and rich, but it looks like the bag is woven with some sort of fabric and I am not enjoying this look.

  • Merve

    Im really torn because a part of me says wow thats fabulous and then the other part says no thats yr worst nightmare realized the BV weaving snagging and coming undone!!! I agree with Joce that it would be better as a messenger though…

  • Mochababe73

    No thanks. I take really good care of my bags so that they look like new all the time. I can’t possibly be seen with a bag that looks as though it’s falling apart.

  • Jane

    I agree with Joce it really should be a messenger bag and a lot bigger. It is boho chic for sure, but I think they prefer bigger bags than that. I completely understand what BV is trying to do with this bag, but I think they missed the mark on this one. I hope they continue to try and make younger looking bags for all their customers.

  • Lianne

    Way too messy for me. I like clean lines, and that is anything but. I’d be constantly afraid that it was going to completely unravel and fall apart.

    I also don’t like buying jeans designed to be pre-weathered/worn, or clothes that come with holes in it already.

  • PhotoGirl

    I “get” it, but I don’t like it. If I had the money for a BV (Lord, hear our prayer!) I would not want one that looked as if it had barely survived a horrible accident.

  • Ping

    I love Bottega, usually! But this bag is just atrocious…unfinished, unkempt and ridiculously priced…Like Hermes, they need to stick to their classics…..all these bag designers are trying so hard nowdays and i doubt they sell more than one of these, if that.

  • 19yearslater

    It looks like its falling apart. Even the part that’s actually weaved looks a little rough.

  • Linda

    Totally don’t care for it! It looks unfinished at any price!

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  • Beth

    Yikes! Perhaps if someone OTHER than BV had made it, I would think it edgy and wonderful, but as it is? It just looks like a BV come undone. I don’t like it when the bed isn’t made. I don’t like this in the same way.

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  • Jane Doe

    One of the ugliest bags I’ve seen all year. What is it with BV? They’re either boring or trying way too hard to catch a trend.

  • Kendra

    Ya, ew. ugly. (fb)

  • Elyse

    i’m not a fan of the color – and the way that they interpreted the trend is not at all enticing (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    looks unfinished like some of my craft projects (fb)

  • Mousse

    Looks very 70’s and unfinished. I wonder how the ends will wear. (ipad)