It’s been a while since I got excited about a designer handbag, but my last passion was Bottega Veneta’s bag. As I’m sure you know by now, I have a soft spot for designer pieces, but I will often spend a lot of time researching before giving in. This bag definitely caught my attention when I saw one of my favorite style icons wearing it (Rosie Huntington-Whitely) and shortly after I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It quickly became the most fashionable bag of the season and continues to sell.
The bag “the Pouch” by Bottega Veneta looks like an oversized vintage wallet, but has a modern touch that gives the impression of being grown and sophisticated. The bag is incredibly soft and the large size can hold a little. Although it is technically a clutch, it is super functional for the day or evening. The bag looks pretty minimalist and simple in its design, but it’s also one of my favorite things about it. I love the fact that it goes perfectly with any outfit – and how well it goes with casual, dressed looks.
This bag is undoubtedly one of the trendiest pieces on the market and it can be difficult to get your hands on it. I wanted to go ahead and prepare a comprehensive exam – and answer some of the questions I get the most so you can decide if it’s worth it to become your next investment.
Does it scratch easily?
The bag is currently available in three textures: smooth calfskin, intrecciato (iconic woven leather from Bottega Veneta) and soft cocco (embossed croco). I chose smooth leather because I felt that it looked slimmer and more classic, which suited my style perfectly. Although the leather is soft, it is not prone to scratches. I would be more careful with lighter colors, but the leather is not super porous, so it is not subject to color transfer. That is, the bag holds a little, so you can easily carry the anther inside to use it if necessary.
Which size is better?
This clutch is available in two different sizes-small and large. I own the larger version that measures 7.1″ x 15.7″ x 7.1″ (versus the smaller 5.1″ x 8.6″ x 1.9″). As you can probably see, the regular size is quite oversized for my small frame, but I love the look. It is functional enough for day or night, while the mini size is a little too small for my taste. If you prefer the straps on your bags, it is important to note that the mini bag comes with a shoulder strap.
Is it worth the price? Would I buy it again?
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this bag, and I ended up buying two (white and camel) because I loved them so much. The oversized and voluminous design doesn’t resemble any clutch I’ve ever owned. It is beautifully made of super soft leather and comes with a rigid frame that does not lose its shape. It’s seriously the softest bag I’ve ever owned, and the fact that it has a magnetic closure compared to a zipper or clasp makes it so unique. The classic but modern feel of the bag guarantees that it will stand the test of time – and all I know is that I will continue to use it regularly for years to come. Despite the high mark, it did not bother me to pay the high price for my two clutches, and I do not contrition a single penny. I would definitely buy them again.
Who doesn’t like that?
I love having a variety of bags to choose from and a clutch is the one that was not found in my wardrobe. It is one of those pieces that can really complement a look, especially for an evening or a special occasion where you want to look rhythmic and dressed. However, if you are looking for a bag that you can take with you every day, this is probably not the best option, since it does not come with straps and is not suitable for shopping – unless you own the mini, which does not hold much. I also recommend that you skip it if you are not very adept at bags and do not like to carry your bags in your hand.
Where to buy it?
The clutch from Bottega Veneta is the recent “it” bag of fashion, which means that at the moment it is very difficult to find it. It was quickly sold at retailers where I usually buy designer bags like Net-a-Porter and MyTheresa. Fortunately, this bag is now in stock in limited colors on Bottega Veneta website with other options for pre-order. I’m also happy to announce that I’ve created a new Instagram page (@shopmiamiamine) that finds hard-to-find and exhausted luxury items like the clutch. I currently have new spaces available for purchase. You can follow me here and contact me for more details.
The woven intrecciato version is also available here. If you are looking for something other than black, you will probably have to wait for it for at least two months. I recommend that you register on the list so that you can retrieve it as soon as the next batch is available. With hot ticket items like this, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it sold for months at a time. Many retailers are announcing their arrival next spring.