We all know how lovely the Bottega Veneta intrecciato woven bags are, but a lot of people feel like the brand’s simple good looks don’t fit their personal style. I can’t blame anyone for wanting something more, and while Bottega has been doing a fine job of mixing up their aesthetic recently, I’ve got a woven alternative for people that like something a little funkier.

The Vanessa Bruno Fringe Sack is full of bohemian texture and visual interest in a way that might be a little much for people that prefer Bottega’s more traditional bags, but it might be perfect for people that like to make a statement. I think that we all know, at this point, that a statement is what I prefer.

The knotted pattern of the fringe provides texture on top of texture, and in a lighter color the lattice effect might have been over the top. In black, however, the bag looks rich and touchable, and I want to hold it in my hands so that I can examine its intricacies in a more complete way. The fringe provides the last punch of bohemian flare, and although I’m not a fan of fringe as a generalized concept, I think it works in this context.

Not only is the bag visually pleasing, but I think it would be quite functional as well. Woven leather has an inherent slouch to it because strips of leather allow for more movement than the solid material, and this bag will sag beautifully when carried by shoulder. The straps look generous and comfortable, and the neutral color means that this bag, despite its intricacies, will go with a wide variety of ensemble options. Buy through ShopBop for $1494.

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