Bottega Veneta Python Belly Veneta

It took me a few minutes of looking at this bag and holding it to decide that I did not like it. Rather, I love it. The Bottega Veneta Python Belly Veneta has the classic Veneta shape, yet has been reworked into a shopper, which Bottega Veneta coined the Croquet. From the Fall/Winter 2009 line, the Croquet should turn out to be a hit.

BV Python Croquet

Bags made with python skin seem to be tricky for many to finish. It may be because the grade of skin Bottega Veneta uses is superior, either way Bottega perfects the implementation of python skin in this bag. Nothing about it felt scaly or like it might peel. It is smooth and luscious to the touch. The bag slouches pleasantly when you hold it or put it on your shoulder, it presents us the hobo shape we adore in the Veneta, but dresses it up with the iron colored python.

Bottega Veneta Python Belly Veneta - Centered Oval Detail

Another interesting fact about the Bottega Veneta Croquet is the oval in the middle of the bag. Dressed in python as well, the oval draws inspiration from old-time wrought iron gates. This addition adds a special touch to the bag, helps it flow, and gives a focal point without it drawing attention away from the overall shape.

Like many other Bottega creations, this hobo comes to life in natural light. Incandescent or fluorescent indoor lighting does not do the tone of the skin justice. The finish is not shiny, yet it radiates once the natural sun rays hit the python scales.

Bottega Veneta Python Belly Veneta

I started to fall for it more as Vlad was snapping photos. I was yelling to him how I wanted needed this handbag, which was, as usual, only reciprocated with a slight rolling of his eyes. Still, it is an absolute stunner and like many other Bottega Veneta bags, it truly will transcend for seasons to come. I have a hard time labeling any of the bags we shot as my favorites, as they truly all are magnificent; however, the Croquet has made it on my wish list.

BV Python Belly Dangling

Price is $5,500. Call Bottega Veneta (877.362.1715) or purchase through Bottega Veneta Online.

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Share Your Thoughts With Us

  • kroquet

    Kroquet says the croquet will be a hit! LOL

  • frannita

    amazing pics, Vlad!!! Megs – gorgeous!

  • carolyn

    The shape of the bag looks fabulous!

  • Tina

    OMG Megs! Gorgeous! My absolute dream bag!

  • Claudia

    This one looks kind of a jimmy choo bag

  • Michelle

    If I saw the Veneta in a store, I’d NEVER pick it up as I’ve never been a fan of the hobo style for some reason. But, after seeing it in action, I’ve changed my mind.

  • Callie

    I am not into exotic skin bag. but this one catch my eyes, it’s really stunning pictures. thanks vlad and megs for all the beautiful pictures.

  • longchamp

    Megs, you make the bag look fab. Love the pix and the description. Thanks!!

  • Marissa Cooper

    How’d you guys make the picture so nice with good lighting? Especially in the first picture. I like the oval in the middle- it gives the bag more detail unlike other plain exotics.

  • deanna Guerrero

    This is a Haute Bag!!! I have never been a fan of BV, but the pics of this bag totally changes my mind.

  • Vlad Dusil

    I had an external flash mounted on a tripod to the right of the camera, remotely triggered by a Pocketwizard.

  • Liz G.

    Love the pictures and that bag is WOW!!!! Keep them coming!

  • Liz G.

    And Megs I know those rolling of the eyes when I “need that bag” too.

  • sunchicka

    What a fab bag!

  • BagLuver

    Megs, you look hot in these photos!

  • Jen

    I love the shape of the bag! With the snakeskin and the slouchy-ness of it, it seems a little creepy to me…

  • zaali

    I like all things Bottega Veneta….Great pics!!!

  • Sarah

    OMG!!!!!!! This bag is beautiful, must have.

  • ssc0619

    oh my goodness I love this bag!! Thanks for the great pictures!

  • oooobufbuf

    Holy Land Holy HolyHoly!!!! The bag is gorgeous and so are you Meg out in the land of Holy. Try googling Holy land to know where these bags, Megs, and Vlad travel to get these tremendous Pictures.

  • septembersiren

    I think that Kroquet should have the croquet bag

  • Marissa Cooper


    Thank you for the info! It makes me wanna take photography lessons!

  • Vlad,

    Thank you for the info! It makes me wanna take photography lessons!
    Sorry… forgot to say great post – can’t wait to read your next one!

  • Kendra

    This is actually kind of nice. I like the center attention with the circle thing. A nice touch. (fb)

  • Mousse

    Amazing photos. Love the shape but don’t like the medallion “thing.” (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    this is what i call sweeetttt!!!!
    gorgeous photos as always VLAD !! (ipad)

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