Before there was the iconic Bottega Veneta Pouch that has become synonymous with the brand, there was another staple bag that was top of mind with the mere mention of the word Bottega. Yes, we’re talking about the iconic Knot clutch. The Knot Clutch was imagined by Tomas Maier in 2001, derived from a box clutch from the Bottega archives.
The clutch became a House signature, reinvented season after season in new colors and leathers, with some iterations being not only extremely unique but also incredibly rare with limited availability. And, as much as we all need an everyday bag, the importance of an evening clutch is just as high. Thus, the knot clutch became one of Bottega Veneta’s most-loved, albeit extravagant, pieces.
Fast forward to Maier’s appointment at the brand coming to a close when Daniel Lee was hired in 2018, and along with it, the implementation of major changes. The Knot clutch, to the dismay of many, became no longer. However, Bottega Veneta is now onto its second designer after the legendary Tomas Maier, and he’s paying homage to an icon with his debut collection.
Introducing the Knot Minaudiere
Designed for the F/W 2022 and debuted on the runway, Matthieu Blazy introduces a new spin on a Bottega signature. A first glance at the Knot Minaudiere immediately brings to mind the beloved Knot Clutch. While there are similarities, there are also a few minor changes, but those minor changes make all the difference.
Blazy updated the Knot hardware and the specific type of woven leather but kept the overall silhouette the same. Introduced in black and white, the Knot Minaudiere feels familiar yet different, presented in stunning Foulard calfskin Intrecciato leather and finished with, of course, a gold knot. The Knot hardware has been modernized, and while the overall design still feels like the classic, it also feels refreshed in the best possible way. Available now via Bottega Veneta for $3,800, what do you think of this modern take on a Bottega classic?