If there's one brand that's dominated the fashion world (and our saved folders) more than any over the past five years, it would have to be Bottega Veneta. Once considered a heritage label, the Italian fashion house found itself a hot topic once again upon its appointment of Daniel Lee as creative director in 2018. It's fair to say interest in the brand hasn't waned since—even after Lee was succeeded by his right hand man, Matthieu Blazy, in 2021.
While very much minimal, Bottega's modern approach to pared-back style was previously undefinable. Where other brands have opted for ultra-simplicity, with borderline "boring" colour palettes and oversized silhouettes, Lee and Blazy have instead made Bottega Veneta's minimalistic designs look incredibly luxe, with details such as gold metal hardware set against premium, buttery soft leathers.
And while shoes and coats have proven to be some of the brand's most in-demand pieces, the hardest item to get your hands on in recent years has to be one of Bottega Veneta's bags.
Celebrities, industry insiders and the public have found themselves falling head over heels for Bottega Veneta's arm-candy offering, leaving wait-lists in their wake. The frenzy first started with The Pouch; a buttery-soft, for the lack of a better word, clutch, with wide-framed jaws that clasp together to create a gathered leather effect. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (above) was one of the first to tote Bottega Veneta's The Pouch, and in the time since, it's come to define the fashion zeitgeist.
Even after five years, The Pouch is still top of fashion's most-wanted list (proving just how smart an investment Bottega bags are). That said, some of Bottega Veneta's other bags are nipping at its heels. Take The Jodie, for instance— no stylish wardrobe is truly complete without this woven sidekick these days. And, like the Pouch, it's now gone way beyond cult It bag into the realms of a luxury classic. As such, we decided it was time to bring you a definitive edit of the best Bottega Veneta bags for your consideration— should you be in lucky position to have a few thousand to spare!
From The Pouch to the Cassette, with a foray into the Arco along the way, keep scrolling to see and shop the best Bottega Veneta bags that have not only stood the test of time, but are still the most covetable accessories money can buy.
1. THE POUCH
Bottega Veneta's The Pouch has practically become fashion-girl uniform and continues to repeatedly sell out across the likes of Net-a-Porter and MyTheresa every time a new iteration is released. The fact we found some in-stock to share with you in this feature came as a shock.
2. THE JODIE
Boasting the brand's trademark intrecciato lattice work, The Jodie expertly channels Bottega Veneta's heritage charm, in a very of-the-moment silhouette.
3. THE ARCO
While you might be tempted to keep her for best, The Arco is one of Bottega Veneta's more practical bag styles, with enough room to tote all of your daily essentials and then some.
4. THE CASSETTE
After the reception The Pouch received, you'd have thought Bottega couldn't reach higher hieghts. But it did with the Cassette, which now comes in classic, padded and chain versions.
5. THE LOOP
A relative newcomer to the Bottega Veneta bag roster, we're predicting big things from the Loop, which is the brand's practical yet extremely classic crossbody.
6. THE MOUNT
In contrast to Bottega Veneta's other bag designs, The Mount instead offers lines so straight there must be mathematical precision behind them. Simple but so effective.
Taking the slouchiness of The Pouch, and mix it with the straight lines of The Mount (and Bottega's now well known triangular logo), and you get The Point. An understated accessory that says "I'm in the know".