Looking at the Bottega Veneta Snakeskin and Papier Elongated Knot Clutch makes it exceptionally clear to me why I’m a writer instead of a designer. Not only would I have never thought to combine purple-navy snakeskin and metallic green foil on a single clutch, but if someone had suggested it to me, I probably would have told them to think harder and come up with a better idea. As it turns out, the combination already looks pretty great.

For a bag this intricate, it’s hard for a photograph to tell the whole story. I saw it in person at Barneys last week, and I barely managed to put it back down on the shelf and walk away after an appropriate amount of time. This is the sort of design that makes you want to examine it more closely, and once you do, the bag is even more appealing. The foil and snake are woven together, and this is a rare case when the parts are just as interesting as their sum.

Oddly, I’ve seen descriptions of the bag that refer to the snakeskin as black, but it comes off as a dark purple or blue in person. I’m not sure if that’s a trick of the light because of the shiny foil or if the descriptions are just inaccurate, but whatever the reason, I’m glad that it doesn’t read as a true black. The unexpected color combination is what makes the clutch, and the difference in textures between the materials makes the difference all the more apparent. Buy through Bottega Veneta for $1650.

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  • Merve

    Cant Stop Mouth From Watering

  • Cate

    Want. Now. Yeah.

  • Vitta

    It is truly unique and has awesome, sculptural aesthetics. And the choice of materials is intriguing and innovative. But I wonder how easy the maintenance will be (snags, dust, etc.), unless you buy it for just one special event.

  • Coolib Izi

    Love this, and it’s why I like to look at crafty gal sites like trishwalkerdesign.com’s clutches and handbags. There’s one new one I like, I don’t even know how she made it. It’s got what looks like a huge rose on the side, but I swear it looks like she made it by splitting a zipper in half! It’s awesome, anyway. I also like to watch Lifetime’s Project Runway (do you like who won?).

  • 19yearslater

    Very, very pretty. It’s eyecatching, and that’s not always a feature of evening wear.

  • Julie

    That is truly beautiful. Agree with Vitta that maintenance might be an issue. I’d still carry it!!

  • Stylista

    WOW! You’re right! It works wonderfully! The colours as well as the metallic shine give it a mysterious feeling.


  • Andy-Kate.com

    So terrific! I like it!

  • Rebeca

    Well said as usual! Amanda your my insperation of bieing a writer and i just love your articles in this blog! I made a blog called Fashion/ Gossip and i wish if you can see it and think about it and tell me what do u think Thanks

    regards rebeca

  • Zaneta

    It is very extravagant and unique at the same time. Love the shape and color combination. It’s absolutely eye catching. Beautiful clutch.

  • Claire

    So original! Gorge.

  • Shannon

    Absolutely love it!!! BV has a way using a variety of material that always seems to catch my eye – in a good way!

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    Check out their websites to know more about their products. =)

  • ninjaninja

    The black and the green is so sexy (ipad)

  • Mousse

    What an unusual knot. (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    Love the color! (ipad)

  • jburgh

    I think the best thing is the gunmetal hardware (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    initially i thought it looked just like any other clutches.. the shape, that is.
    and was a bit disappointed when u mentioned the snakeskin coz i’d rather be looking at the beautiful texture as a whole.
    but your description makes me look closely and wowzerrr!! that neon-foil indeed pops up gorgeously making this clutch really really appealing! (ipad)

  • Julia

    LOVE. (ipad)

  • helen

    It’s interesting to see what designers come up with. (ipad)

  • Jen

    Love this! (ipad)

  • Lulugurl

    love love love…..