We’ve already divulged our obsession with the new direction that Bottega Veneta has taken under the guidance of freshly appointed Creative Director Daniel Lee, so it should come as no surprise that his accessories output has already shot to the top of our must-have list. Lee, who cut his teeth at Céline, has established his own niche of brainy, eccentric, cool-girl clothes for the fashion diehard. Clearly, he is tapping into our collective unconscious desire for pieces that feel both effortless and fashion-forward.
The first Bottega Veneta eye-catcher is the new ‘Pouch’ bag, one of Lee’s two inaugural designs for the house. So named for its generous shape and soft leather folds, the ‘Pouch’ comes in sizes both small and large as well as three different styles: the ‘Velvet Calf Intrecciato Pouch’ (featuring the brand’s signature woven look), the ‘Butter Calf Pouch’ (boasting a smooth leather exterior), and the ‘Cocco Souple’ (worked from four different skins).
The second style we’re absolutely itching to get our hands on is the ‘Maxi Cabat’, which is a reboot of its iconic intrecciato style that first appeared at Bottega Veneta in 2001. Fast forward 18 years, and the new version comes in double-faced leather and a type of bold contrasting weave called ‘fettucce’ that is woven by hand and appears the same on the inside as the outside. The ‘Maxi Cabat’ style is enormous, and the ultimate tote for a woman on the go – perfect for stashing all of your work documents, daily essentials, and even gym gear.
If you’re more into the petite look, the ‘Maxi Cabat 30’ reduces the overall size of the bag, but its appearance is no less impactful. The word on the street is these bags are already so popular that stores are struggling to keep them in stock, but if you head straight to the source at the Bottega Veneta flagship boutique in The Dubai Mall (or other spots where the bags are available like Mall of the Emirates, Harvey Nichols-Dubai, Bloomingdales-Dubai, and The Galleria, Abu Dhabi), you might get lucky.