Bottega Veneta vs Nancy Gonzalez

The battle of the designer look-a-like bags continues! I have always been a self-pronounced lover of Bottega Veneta bags. Yes, of course I am. Soft and buttery leather, intricate weaving, timeless classic designs. And when it comes to exotics, Nancy Gonzalez handbags top my list. And why wouldn’t they? Nancy Gonzalez uses bright bold colors on rich exotic skins. Both designers are known for different looks and both designers have highly sought after handbags.

A long time ago I professed my undying love of the simple fold-over clutch that so many adore from Bottega Veneta. Many times referred to as a cosmetic case, the Bottega Veneta Pyramid Clutch combines a simplistic approach of a small pouch with a fold over top and divine woven leather. There is a longer version ($400 more and twice as long), which is not considered the cosmetic case, but either way this one doubles over as a clutch. Either way, I have always loved this clutch. Buy through Saks for $580 or larger version through Net A Porter for $980.

We all know the above mentioned Bottega Veneta clutch. But did you know that Nancy Gonzalez created a clutch very similar? Almost eerily similar, just done in exotic skin (of course it is in exotic, it wouldn’t be Nancy Gonzalez if it were not!). The Nancy Gonzalez Large Crocodile Clutch is also a fold-over style clutch designed in silver crocodile. Her skins are not rigid, rather soft and user friendly. This clutch features an inside zip pocket, inside cell phone pocket, and leather lining. Buy through Saks for $2800.

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