Bottega Veneta Debuts Lots and Big Bags of Color for Fall 2018

The Italian leather stalwarts brought their show to NYFW this season

Last year, we predicted the comeback of big bags. After all, itty-bitty mini bags have been en vogue for a while, and fashion trends are a pendulum constantly swinging between various extremes. At Bottega Veneta’s Fall 2018 show in NYC this week, designer Tomas Maier seemed to agree.

In lots of strategies, this watch would be the embodiment of the traditional Cartier: Roman numerals, beaded crown with sapphire cabochon and blued hands, but the way in which it tells time is distinctly diverse. Even though the blued, Breguet styled minute hand follows on the railroad track to tell you the minutes, an engraved disc, displaying the sun and also the moon, demonstrates you the hour about the leading element from the watch. This is a incredibly artistic and enticing means of telling time, at the same time as indicating no matter if it can be day or evening. As novel as in this way of displaying the hour could seem to be, it is not, because it is quite similar to what Cartier by now did while in the 1920’s with their Comet clocks!

Although Bottega is an Italian brand, it chose to show its Fall 2018 collection in NYC in order to celebrate the opening of its new 15,000 square foot NYC flagship, now the largest store in the brand’s global portfolio. The new store takes up an entire townhouse on the Upper East Side corner of Madison Avenue and East 64th Street, and it’s filled with the reliably luxe leather goods we’ve all come to expect from the brand, as was the show celebrating its grand opening.

As BV has done in recent seasons, this collection of men’s and women’s bags edged toward the playful, with fun colors and cute accents like bag charms and personalization. Check out our photos of the runway bags below.

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Bottega Veneta Delights with Fall 2017 Runway Bags for Both Men and Women

With the exception of maybe Hermès, it’s hard to think of a brand that’s as steady and steadfast as Bottega Veneta. I can’t think of a time when I’ve looked at one of the brand’s runway collections and seen something that was obviously designed to a popular trend or look; instead, BV persists by making true classics, again and again.

Bottega Veneta Fall 2017 follows in that well-worn tradition, and the dual men’s/women’s show included a host of bags that will likely look as strikingly luxurious in ten years as they do right now. The nice thing about Bottega bags, of course, is that you can also count on them to be in good shape ten years from now. Check out all of the show’s bags below.

[Photos via Vogue Runway]

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To alter the Moon Phases, there exists an incredibly little, hardly noticeable button, upcoming to your crown, that may be pressed having a ballpoint, it ought to however be performed using the provided ‘pusher’, do not stress, this requires only for being performed, once in each and every 125 many years. Though these Drive de Cartier models, shouldn’t be observed as dress watches because they match effortlessly below a cuffed shirt nevertheless they seem as excellent when paired that has a suit as with a great pair of jeans and leather jacket. Cartier’s personal caliber, primarily based on their 1904MC, beats at 28800vph and provides 48 hrs of power reserve.

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Bottega Veneta Makes Super Chic for Resort 2018 and Its Bags Easy

The collection includes plenty of Bottega’s signature intrecciato woven leather, but the new smooth bags are the stars of the show

We say it every season, but that’s because it’s so ceaselessly true: Bottega Veneta is not here to reinvent the wheel or themselves, it’s just here to make beautiful, luxurious, impeccably crafted leather bags that very much look like they were made by Bottega Veneta. There’s no gimmickry or stunts, just an old world sense of craft that makes for some of the world’s finest accessories. That’s as true for Bottega Veneta Resort 2018—the lookbook for which just debuted yesterday—as it ever has been.

What surprised me most about this collection is how much I liked the smooth leather pieces in it. You’ll still find plenty of intrecciato woven leather, and the neutral, earthy color palette is about as Bottega as it gets, but the exacting lines of the smooth, structured bags in the assortment felt like a solid step for a brand whose bags tend toward softness. Bottega has been leaning in this direction for several seasons now, and it’s nice to see that side of the brand’s look develop. Check out all the Resort 2018 lookbook images below.

[Photos via Vogue Runway]

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Cartier’s flagship watch has become a stalwart of its assortment due to the fact 1917, the year of its launch. Despite appearing inside a good wide range of models, it has never lost its soul, or its popularity. Retrospective of an icon.

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Bottega Veneta Gets Pretty With Pastels for Its Spring 2018 Bags

Darling details are the icing on the cake with these beautiful bags

We got our first glimpse of Bottega Veneta’s Spring 2018 bags back in September when the brand debuted a creative and colorful new direction for its bags in NYC. Fast Forward a few months, and I was able to preview the bags in person when BV invited me to its seasonal press preview. In a sea of colorful and extraordinarily detailed bags, I was immediately drawn to one beautiful bag in particular: The Intrecciato Wingtip City Knot Bag.

During the final SIHH, two additional versions are additional towards the ‘Drive de Cartier’ collection. They most likely appeal to a element from the Cartier clientele, on which the former 3 models may possibly happen to be misplaced: that of your classic Cartier connoisseur.

While we’ve covered versions of the City Knot Bag before, this one was unlike any I had ever seen. I was drawn to the intricate, overtly feminine details of the bag, and while I am lusting after it in Cement—a neutral, of course—I can’t get over how beautiful it is in the lilac. As a kid, and even up until I left home, my bedroom walls were always painted a pastel shade of purple, and this bag tugs at the heartstrings of that little girl! Though my current wardrobe doesn’t quite hold a place for a lilac bag, there’s still a part of me that just can’t get over how beautiful it is.

This limited-edition City Knot is crafted in French calf leather and finished with Bottega Veneta’s beloved and iconic City Knot closure. Like its predecessors, this version of the City Knot features an accordion gusset and three interior compartments, making this bag not only stunning, but insanely functional as well. The strap can be worn single over the shoulder or doubled to be held by hand. Inside, there is also one slit pocket in the back compartment. Overall dimensions of The Intrecciato Wingtip City Knot Bag are 6.3″ L x 10.8″ W x 3.5″ D, and the bag retails for $5,500 via Bottega Veneta.

For spring, BV also introduced an updated—and also perfectly pastel—version of its beloved Olimpia bag, The Intrecciato Checker Olimpia Knot Bag. This Olimpia bag is a muted, gorgeous shade of peach, which is accented by Bottega’s classic woven leather.

This version is unique in that it features contrasting nappa and ayers leather. It’s stunning in peach, but it’s also available in a pale yellow and an off-white hue called Mist. Like the City Knot above, this bag also features delicate detailing, and perforated leather trim accents the woven leather. The twist knot lock is distinctly Bottega, and it was inspired by the brand’s signature jewelry. The lock, as well as the chain strap, is crafted from dark gold-tone metal, leaving a sleek, matte finish. The chain on the Olimpia is a bit thicker and less delicate than the chain on the City Knot.

Inside, the bag is broken into two separate compartments, and unlike the City Knot Bag, it isn’t super-structured. The strap can be worn over the shoulder single, or doubled to be hand carried. The bag has one zippered pocket, which is located on the back interior. Overall dimensions of The Intrecciato Checker Olimpia Knot Bag are 6.3″ L x 10.6″ W x 4.3″ D, and it retails for $4,950 via Bottega Veneta.

Loving Recently: The Bottega Veneta City Knot Bags

Knot just your ordinary bag, the City Knot stole my heart

A few months ago, I stopped by to visit our friends at Bottega Veneta and preview the new collection. I was immediately drawn to one bag in particular: The City Knot. The City Knot is part of Bottega Veneta’s Summer 2017 collection, which culminates the brand’s 50th Anniversary year. I was truly smitten, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the pretty little thing!

There are so many things I love about this bag, but the one thing that draws my attention immediately is the shoulder bag’s knot closure. It is distinctly Bottega, and the Knot is one of the luxury accessory world’s great signatures. Also, the bag’s leather is smooth and luxurious, and the buckle detailing adds a bit of edge. I truly love this bag!

The design features an accordion-like gusset with three interior compartments, giving it an A+ in my book when it comes to functionality and organization. The strap can be worn single over the shoulder or doubled to be held by hand. Overall dimensions are 9.4″ x 3.5″ x 6.1″. The City Knot in Cement Calf retails for $4,000 and the City Knot in Embossed Calvados Goat retails for $4,150. Shop Bottega Veneta via Net-a-Porter and Neiman Marcus.

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The primary Tank was offered on twelve November 1919 – Louis Cartier wished to watch for peace to return following the Wonderful War ahead of placing his new watch on sale. Nevertheless, the year in advance of, he had offered a prototype of the Tank to Basic Pershing, commander with the American expeditionary force in Europe. Given that that time, legions of celebrities happen to be photographed having a Tank on their wrist. It was likely one among the initial wristwatches to be witnessed about the silver screen; in 1926, Rudolph Valentino wore his throughout the filming of “Son in the Sheik”, plus the anachronistic photos became famous. You’ll find also iconic snaps of Clark Gable, Mohamed Ali, Ingrid Bergman, Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Catherine Deneuve, Andy Warhol and Princess Diana, all sporting Tanks.

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Long before Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo bestowed their daughter with the name Dusty Rose, the shade was an omnipresent favorite among fashion people, and it’s still is a color of the moment. I fell as hard into the dusty rose trap as the next girl–you see, I love pink, but bubblegum pink is too overt, in my opinion, and not really my vibe. Enter dusty rose, the color: it’s a combination of pink and taupe, and a color I can’t get enough of.

Bottega Veneta has always used some of the most divine colors in the handbag rainbow, and when I found this Bottega Veneta Messenger in Dusty Rose, I fell so hard. It’s perfect. The color, the simple style, the leather. Everything about this bag is perfection. The size is just right to fit all of my personal essentials so I can carry this for myself while also carrying a diaper bag for Millie. For the first time in a while, I added this bag to my cart and am ready to check out.

Designed with handwoven Intrecciato nappa leather, the adjustable strap is slender, which makes it light to carry and features signature knot details. The double zipper closure shows a suede-lined interior with an inside zip pocket. Dimensions are 9.4″ x 6.6″ x 1.6″ and there are 11 colors to choose from on BottegaVeneta.com. If you ask me, this is the perfect bag, at a great price, with a color option for everyone. The price is a very reasonable $1,580, buy this bag in Dusty Rose via Net-A-Porter.

*Shop all Bottega Veneta bags on Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter.

Subsequent to your ‘Extra Flat’ version you’ll find now four models; the ‘Time Only, the ‘Flying Tourbillon’, the ‘Small Complications’ and the new ‘Moon Phases’.

The Piazza of Bottega Veneta is the Fantastic Everyday Bag

As practical as it is beautiful, take a look at my latest Bottega Veneta love

In collaboration with Bottega Veneta.

Bottega Veneta is a brand that deserves all the praise and accolades it receives. The bags exude understated elegance, and some of the recent collections are the most exciting for me from the brand in a while. Bottega Veneta continues to design bags that are modern and eye-catching while also being instant classics. No Bottega Veneta bag I own ever feels outdated or past its prime, as the brand has found a way to design bags that I will gladly carry season after season and year after year. When we shared a preview of Bottega Veneta Cruise 2018 bags, many of you were just as enamored by the collection as I was, and now I have a closer look at one of the standout bags from the collection: The Piazza.

We loved this bag so much when we first saw the Cruise 2018 bags that we used it to lead the post because we thought it would be the most enticing new design. This bag has everything I adore from Bottega Veneta; it’s refined and sleek while still being bold and different. The Piazza is named after the Italian square that acts as the heart of a town. In Italy, the Piazza is the center of public life, and this bag will be the center of your look. The brand describes the bag as refinement and discretion intersected with whimsy and vibrance. It’s timeless and truly elegant, as all of my favorite Bottega Veneta bags are.

Terracotta Calf Mini Piazza Bag – $2,400 | Ardoise Nappa Medium Piazza Bag – $3,900

The design of the bag allows it to be an everyday bag that can both be casual or dressy, and there are three different sizes: mini, small, and medium. The Bottega Veneta Piazza can be best described as a classic top-handle bag with an elegant, modern twist. Tomas Maier designed this bag to be incredibly functional, from the optional shoulder strap (which is a statement piece itself) to the interior pockets and soft construction. Though the bag is structured, it is not overly boxy because the soft leather (either French Calf or supple Nappa, depending on your choice) works seamlessly with the design. I can attest to the fact that Bottega Veneta uses some of the finest leather in the world, and I’ve had more than one person touch one of my bags to tell me how great it felt. I know it will wear well over time and not lose it’s shape, but it’s also not so structured it feels bulky. It’s the perfect structural blend, and most brands have a hard time reaching that middle ground, but Bottega Veneta did it.

Though you can carry the bag just by the top handle, you know how much I live for an optional crossbody strap. This strap is long enough to wear the Piazza over your shoulder or cross-body, and in a few versions of the bag, the shoulder strap is adorned with Bottega Veneta’s signature intrecciato weaving. This makes for a statement piece in and of itself, which is such a great touch. Speaking of other standout features, I love the front clasp. I know it seems like a small thing, but it really pulls the bag together and stands out. Hardware can make or break a bag for me and sometimes be too over the top, but that is never the case with Bottega Veneta. On the Piazza, the dark gold and brunito finish on intrecciato-patterned hardware is simply perfect. It stands out without being distracting, and it is one of those perfect touches that Bottega Veneta does so well.

Ardoise Nappa Medium Piazza Bag – $3,900 | Thyme Nappa Mini Piazza Bag – $2,650

Over the past year, I’ve constantly talked about the interior of a bag and how important that is to me now that I’m a mom, which is another huge high note of this design. The design is beautiful enough for me to love this bag, but the interior makes me immediately move it from my lust list to my must list.

The Piazza has three separate compartments that allow for organization and ease of use. Because the bag is not incredibly deep, when you open it up, you can see each compartment and what’s inside, which means no fumbling for keys or any other item you are searching for. I am always carrying more stuff with me than I used to and forever attempting to find what I’m looking for in my bag, and the design of the exterior and interior here allows for that.

The top front flap is easy to open and close, and the interior is very functional. (The larger size, Medium, has a flat pocket in the middle compartment and a zippered pocked in the back.) And the interior lining? Plush Agnello velour. Bottega Veneta never disappoints when it comes to the interiors of its bags, from the design to the materials.

The Tank Americaine was initial introduced in 1989 and swiftly became a classic. It was inspired from the Tank Cintrée (originally intended in 1921) and its elongated curved rectangular situation. It’s a somewhat sportier get on that exceptionally slim, curved view, with a bolder seem. Up until now, the Tank Americaine has only been produced in precious metals, but now we’re last but not least receiving the Americaine in steel, and in 3 sizes no significantly less.

Terracotta Calf Mini Piazza Bag – $2,400 | Ardoise Nappa Medium Piazza Bag – $3,900

The Piazza is an instant classic. I was so delighted when I first saw this bag previewed for Cruise 2018, and then seeing it in person only further secured my love for it. The bag marries simplicity and intricacy, and if I had to choose my favorite versions, I’d say the cobalt blue mini, as well the small with the intrecciato strap design.

Prices range from $2,400 to $3,900 at Bottega Veneta online.

A New York Minute of New New York Collection with the New Bottega Veneta Icons

We took these New York City-inspired bags out for a day on the town

On Friday, Bottega Veneta showed its Fall 2018 men’s and women’s collections in an incredibly beautiful show at the New York Stock Exchange Building. This show coincided with the opening of Bottega Veneta’s 15,000 square foot Maison Store in New York at 740 Madison Avenue (we have yet to check out the store, but it’s on our list!) and the introduction of the “Icons of New York” Capsule Collection for the opening.

The limited edition collection celebrates New York City with a 33-piece range of men’s and women’s leather goods from bags to phone cases, all paying homage to the city. Atop quintessential classic Bottega Veneta styles are motifs of New York, like the skyline, which was created with tiny block letters of NYC’s subway lines atop a classic Olimpia bag.

The brand, which is known for its classic, well-crafted bags, chose to opt for a quirkier and more in-your-face homage to NYC, and it paid off. I love the black Olimpia with the colorful subway lines and would carry that bag myself, whether in NYC or South Florida. The Manhattan vista atop the other bags is implemented really beautifully, as only Bottega Veneta can do, which makes the bags fun and different.

You can check out the collection at the new NYC Bottega Veneta Maison at 740 Madison Avenue at 64th Street.

Available at Bottega Veneta online.

Shop the Bottega Veneta Icons Collection online


Pictured above is a re-issue from 2008, using a flat sapphire set in to the winding crown. 100 pieces had been developed in yellow gold only.

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Introducing the Bottega Veneta Mini Montebello, a Bag I think We Should All Carry

In collaboration with Bottega Veneta.

Over ten years ago, I bought my first Bottega Veneta bag in Venice, Italy. I still remember what I was wearing that spring day and how enamored I was with the store. I had only been to Europe a couple times before that and finally had some money to spend on a great designer bag, and I knew I wanted a Bottega Veneta. The brand works leather so meticulously and beautifully that many fans of the brand will never be satisfied with anything else, and it’s easy to see why. My first bag got me hooked, and since then I’ve added multiple special order items and beyond to my collection.

Bottega Veneta Mini Montebello Bag in Ocre Karung ($2,100)

I’ve also worked with Bottega for years to share the latest designs with our readers, and when I heard about this new bag, I fell in love. I’m excited to introduce the Bottega Veneta Mini Montebello, a versatile design that is both compact and also fits plenty, while showcasing the best of what the brand offers. I’m a Bottega Veneta mega-fan (remember, I have two special order Knot Clutches, which you can see here and here) and since starting PurseBlog, I’ve only become a bigger fan of a brand that prides itself in the quality and craftsmanship of its designs. That’s why this bag spoke to me from the minute I saw it—all of the best parts of the house can be seen in the work.

Mini Montebello Bag in Calvados Goat ($1,700) ($1,700)

Recently, Bottega Veneta moved its atelier from Vicenza, Italy, to an historic, 18th-century Villa in nearby Montebello Vicentino. This bag is named after the new home to the Atelier and embodies much of what the house prides itself on: sleek design, versatile wearability, and intricate details. There are countless options when it comes to the Bottega Veneta Mini Montebello (I’ll share links to my favorite below), and each offers a different appeal.

This bag can be described as a clutch meets a wallet-on-chain bag. One of the biggest questions I am asked when it comes to more compact bags is what fits inside, and in this case, I took time to try out different items so I could share that info with you. This is where the Mini Montebello proves to be larger than a wallet on chain, as the bag fits quite a bit more. I had no problem carrying a small wallet (a card case is ideal for space saving purposes), my car keys, a lipstick, my phone and sunglasses. It all fit inside, and depending on which items you need with you, you can likely make it work inside of this bag. I love a bag like this that easily goes from day to night because of its ability to hold more than a clutch while still remaining small enough to not look out-of-place for a night out.

Mini Montebello Bag in Calvados Goat ($1,700) – Ocre Karung ($2,100) – Dark Copper Intrecciato Nappa ($1,700)

Since having Millie, I am more and more drawn to bags like this: practical, versatile, light, and easy to carry. The chain strap is long and allows you to carry the bag crossbody (which is a must for me now), and the size fits essential items while keeping the bag lightweight. In fact, Bottega Veneta tends to have very lightweight leather bags overall, which I am always drawn to — who doesn’t want a beautiful leather bag that won’t weigh you down or dig into your shoulder?

Mini Montebello Bag in Dark Copper Intrecciato Nappa ($1,700)

The Tank watch has travelled across the world, while remaining scrupulously faithful to its signature aesthetic. The Tank Chinoise of 1922 evokes the entrance to a Chinese temple; the Tank Américaine of 1989 is curved, the rectangle is softer as well as the brancards are rounded; the Tank Fran?aise of 1996 has a metal bracelet; as well as Tank Anglaise of 2012, driven by manufacture motion 1904-PS MC, has its crown recessed into the bezel.

As for the options, there are so many. We got to see an Intrecciato version, which comes in three metallic colors, and if you’ve been wanting to add a classic Bottega Veneta bag to your collection, this may be the one for you. There’s also an incredibly cool version in a velvet ombre criss-cross pattern that comes in three colors, which made me want to stare at it for hours. If you want something exotic, there’s a Karung lizard version with diamond-shaped sequin embroidery (which costs a bit more at $2,100).

If you asked me for my personal favorite, I think I’d have to say it’s this one. This Bottega Veneta Mini Montebello is made from an exclusive gold jacquard weave with a compact 3D effect, giving the final product just the right amount of glitz without being over-the-top.

Bottega Veneta Montebello Clutches

Mini Montebello Bag in Calvados Goat ($1,700) – Ocre Karung ($2,100) – Dark Copper Intrecciato Nappa ($1,700)

These bags are extremely well-priced starting at $1,700, which for the quality and craftsmanship is what I’d consider a deal. This is a bag that you can wear not just for this season, but it can easily be the bag you reach for for a quick day of running around or for a night on the town. I love a bag like this; it can be used often and become a go-to, and if you’re looking for a bag that will stand the test of time, both style-wise and quality-wise, this is it.

Buy the Mini Montebello via Bottega Veneta.

Call It a Throwback: The Bottega Veneta “The Lauren 1980” Clutch

In 2016 Bottega Veneta celebrated its 50th anniversary, as well as creative director Tomas Maier’s 15th anniversary at the helm of the brand. For this special occasion, Bottega also brought back a collection of limited edition heritage designs to celebrate its history.

One of the most talked-about of these bags is the Bottega Veneta The Lauren 1980 Clutch, which was originally designed for Lauren Hutton in the movie American Gigolo in 1980. This clutch has been reworked in the same shape and red hue, aptly named Gigolo Red. Classic intrecciato nappa leather is used for the oversized clutch, and there is a magnet button flap closure. The inside features suede lining and a zipped pocket.

Lauren Hutton walked in Bottega Veneta’s anniversary show with the exact clutch she carried in the movie, which has been held in the Bottega Veneta archives in Italy since the movie was filmed in 1980. This clutch has already received a great reception with shoppers, and if you love it as much as I do, buy it before it sells out. Order via Bottega Veneta online for $2,150 or you can pre-order it at Neiman Marcus.

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Lauren Hutton Bottega Veneta Lauren Clutch

Considering the fact that 2008 Cartier has proven, year after yr, that you will find no complications that they can’t create. From flying tourbillons to minute repeaters or maybe a blend with the two, nothing is as well complicated to make for your watchmakers at ‘La Maison’. Throughout people last eight years the emphasis of your assortment was additional on strategy and much less on design and style, together with the exception from the Crash Skeleton.

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Lauren Hutton Bottega Veneta Lauren Clutch 1

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Lauren Hutton Gigi Hadid Bottega Veneta

[Runway images via Vogue.com]