When Daniel Lee took over the reins at Bottega Veneta in late 2018, he stormed the fashion world. Parent company Kering aimed to modernize and modernize they did, introducing a whole new aesthetic while still keeping true to its core brand heritage and DNA. It seemed that everything Lee touched turned to gold, and each new silhouette brought a fresh set of fans to the brand. I have become one of those fans, finally dipping my toes into the Bottega Veneta pond with the purchase of my very first BV: the Bottega Veneta Mini Jodie in Ice Cream.

Aesthetics

I have to be honest: until Lee’s appointment at Bottega Veneta, I was not a big fan of the brand. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the bags or appreciate the brand’s heritage and craftsmanship, but the silhouettes felt very mature to me and simply did not match with my style. But seeing #NewBottega bags was like seeing Bottega Veneta with a fresh set of eyes, and I was very intrigued. I began paying closer attention to the brand as a whole, and while the Pouch never appealed to me when I first saw the brand’s Mini Jodie Bag, I immediately raised an eyebrow. I found myself wanting the bag more and more but was torn between it and the Cassette Bag. Ultimately, I couldn’t get the Jodie Bag’s tiny size, knotted top handle, and Intrecciato leather out of my head.

The Jodie is the perfect example of Daniel Lee’s Bottega. It embodies everything that #NewBottega is: stylish and modern yet classic and timeless at the same time. There is nothing not to love, and though the bag became a no-brainer, choosing a color was the most difficult part. I knew I wanted something other than a neutral like black or beige, and although I was obsessed with the purple and the green I also wanted a color that would get the most use. I didn’t notice this pale yellow, called Ice Cream, until the last minute, but I was hooked as soon as I saw it. I loved that it’s more muted and can act like a neutral while still adding a bit of fun.

Usability + Functionality

I’ve been using this bag almost non-stop since it arrived, and if you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen it in action. It’s already been cross-country, tagging along on my trip to LA, on the subway, to the grocery store, and beyond. I’ve gotten a pretty good feel for it, and I have a lot to say about this bag’s functionality. For all that it makes up for in style, it lacks in usability. There I said it. The zipper can be a little finicky, and getting in and out of this bag on the go is rather difficult. Trying to access my keys while holding an iced coffee in one hand and my dog’s leash in the other resulted in a near disaster, but I digress.

In terms of size, this bag is mini, as its name states, but I find the size to be just fine for my needs. It holds a phone, card case, sunglasses in a microfiber pouch, lip balm, keys, and a face compact. Its overall dimensions are 9″ L x 11″ W x 3.1″ D, and it has only one main compartment with no interior pockets. It’s ideal for dinner dates and nights out, or even a stroll through the neighborhood when you don’t need to bring much with you. But if you’re juggling other bags in your hand (or children or pets), the Mini Jodie is best left at home. However, with all of that being said, I’m still quite pleased with my purchase. Every bag serves a purpose, and I didn’t purchase this expecting it to be my most used (or most functional) bag.

Quality + Construction

It wouldn’t be a proper Purseonals review if we didn’t talk construction, though it nearly goes without saying that Bottega’s quality is truly top-notch. The leather is buttery and soft, with a smell that is just divine. The bag is made in Italy of 50% Lambskin and 50% Calfskin. It feels luscious but not overly dainty or delicate, and though it’s also lined in 100% calfskin leather, it isn’t heavy or cumbersome. The bag’s woven Intrecciato technique is a brand signature and has been for decades, meaning it has been perfected time and time again. Once you experience the impeccable quality and superb craftsmanship, you’ll be a BV convert too.

Price + Value

The Mini Jodie retails for $1,900, which sounds like a pretty hefty chunk of change for a small handbag but let’s break it down further.

First of all, Intrecciato, a brand signifier, is made from small strips of leather pieced and woven together to make each handbag. The technique is impressive, and it warrants its price tag. Additionally, given that the bag is entirely made from (and lined in) leather, its price tag should be expected. It still retails under $2K, which is not a lot in bag language in this day and age. There are bags made of other materials that cost just as much, so $1,900 is a price I would be more than willing to pay for a Bottega Veneta bag. This bag is worth the price because it can easily be dressed up for a night out or dressed down for daytime. It works just as well with a nice dress and heels for a wedding as it does with sneakers and joggers.

Staying Power

Some may argue that mini bags won’t be here forever, but I’d say they’re wrong. Mini bags have proven season after season that they are more than just a passing trend, remaining an integral part of every designer’s lineup. Additionally, the Bottega Veneta Mini Jodie is crafted from the brand’s iconic and unmistakable Intrecciato leather. This technique has been beloved and relevant for decades and will remain that way for decades more. Lee has proven that his version of Bottega Veneta is here to stay, and I think the Jodie is too.

Overall Rating

Overall I’m delighted with my Mini Jodie, and I would 100% purchase it again or recommend it to a friend who is new to BV like me. I now understand why so many people have come back to add a second hue to their collection; it’s just that good! The Mini Jodie is incredibly stylish and easy to wear. It looks cool with most outfits, even a simple sneaker and jeans look. It’s classic yet contemporary, casual, and cool, making it a must in every bag lover’s closet.

Pricing and Availability

Certain colors are seasonal and limited, and the color I chose, Ice Cream, appears to be one of them. It has already disappeared from Bottega’s website, but the Mini Jodie in Ice Cream is still available for $1,900 via Luisaviaroma. Snag this sweet shade before it’s too late!

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Catafterdark
Catafterdark
7 months ago

I wish I could see more pics of this as an evening or more dressed up bag because that’s when I think I would reach for it. Either way you make it look great!

Passerine
Passerine
7 months ago

Although there are quite a few followers of PB who aren’t so enamored of Daniel Lee’s leadership at BV (including me) and it’s a bit early to describe his designs as “timeless, the mini Jodie is cute and fills a niche.

L Rainer
L Rainer
7 months ago
Reply to  Passerine

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a current exhibit- Bags inside and Out
The Daniel Lee /BV Padded Cassette bag is part of the exhibition as an ICON

Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Passerine

It’s an update of the classic Veneta hobo that was iconic for the brand under Tomas Maier, so I do think this is still timeless for BV

lalarey
lalarey
7 months ago

I was just thinking, this is VERY similar, just a very minor update really, to the classic hobo Maier made for YEARS and that I still think of as their brand’s signature shape, so when Kaitlyn was like, I never liked the bags before they seemed mature, and then THIS is the one new one she’s drawn to, I thought it was a little funny.

pinksky777
pinksky777
7 months ago
Reply to  Passerine

The Jodie is timeless actually. It’s superb quality/craftsmanship, zero labels, and displays a classic yet modern style. It’s also been out for two years and keeps getting more and more popular, which is almost unheard of in this world of social media and fast fashion.

Passerine
Passerine
7 months ago
Reply to  pinksky777

Fair point, but I don’t think that most of his designs have reached “timeless” status compared to the bags that made BV so iconic. Example: the Knot v the Pouch.

Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Passerine

You think the Pouch is more trendy? I feel like it ignited an entire realm of designers creating something similar and as it’s a new cornerstone design, it won’t be going anywhere!

Antonia
Antonia
7 months ago

This bag is cute but for me it would be more of a night out type of bag.

Sandy
Sandy
7 months ago

It’s kinda cute and I do believe the craftsmanship and materials are excellent. For me, the best thing about a small bag is the hands free aspect, crossbody or backpack. This is a small bag that you either wear holding it by the handle or similar to a bracelet. The upside escapes me, you cannot carry all your essentials and you have to carry it by the handle. The only upside I imagine is you just like the look of it.

Anna
Anna
7 months ago

I’ve been eyeing the mini Jodie for a long time now but keep holding off for some reason. I’m curious if anyone has tried one of the large Jodie sizes? They look HUGE in pictures so I’m torn.

oro91
oro91
7 months ago
Reply to  Anna

There are a few images of people modeling them in PurseForum. I would definitely check them out before purchasing because they are BIG.

Annie
Annie
7 months ago

While it seems many people like this, I don’t. I purchased it, but found it too impractical. There wasn’t enough space, between the zipper and the handle, to put or get items out easily. It was too small to wear comfortably on my shoulder; and I don’t like to carry bags in my hand since I’m carrying other things.

Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Annie

I do think the zipper is tricky to open and close, but I only use this in hand or as a clutch and I actually use mine quite a bit oddly enough! But I do see how it isn’t practical for everyone

C L
C L
7 months ago

I love the buttery yellow color on you! I lusted after the kiwi bright green Jodie for a long time but never pulled the trigger because I just KNOW I’ll get color transfer from my jeans 🙁 Also scared of the handle getting grimy because of suncreen, dirt, sweat, other ickiness from my hands and the crook of my arm. Divine design though.

Jen
Jen
7 months ago

“intrecciato”, not “intreccaito”, right?

NWsjjs
NWsjjs
7 months ago
Reply to  Jen

Correct

rashmi bhattachan
rashmi bhattachan
7 months ago

I do like the design of Jodie however I wish it came in a slightly bigger size. Daniel Lee’s designs so far have been hits and misses. Some bags are really awesome (like the Handle bag I bought and am anxiously waiting for the delivery) and some bags are just meh! It seems like he’s so much into attracting the younger generation towards bottega veneta that he’s been churning out one design after the other. The other day i browsed though their website and I was just amazed at how MANY styles of bags they have. Sometimes slow and steady is much better. I bet when he comes out with that many styles they may not all sell well so that’s like a waste of money right? So why doesn’t he come out with a fewer designs and stick to the ones that are successful and also bring the prices down.

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