By day three of New York Fashion week, I have seen more Bottega Venneta ‘Pouch’ bags than I’ve had hours sleep (thank you jet lag).
No one spins a trend into the sartorial stratosphere like the street style pack at New York Fashion Week. They are responsible for the return of the Dior Saddle bag, the influx of chunky trainers in your wardrobe, the reason you only wanted to wear teeny tiny sunglasses in the summer and why – come this winter – there is only one accessory that will set your heart a flutter: the Bottega Veneta ‘Pouch’ bag.
By day three of New York Fashion Week, the dumpling-esque buttery soft leather clutch bag that comes in plain leather and in Bottega’s tradition weaves was everywhere. The bag has been cradled under the arm of fashion’s most stylish women and is becoming something of a sensation.
Ever since British designer Daniel Lee took over at the Italian heritage house, Bottega Veneta has reached the upper echelons of most desired and has been surrounded by constant buzz.
Lee, who previously served as head of accessories at Celine (Old Celine that is, when it still had Phoebe Philo at its helm and that all-important e acute), has breathed such a fresh breath into the house that his vision has not only warranted a frenzy amongst the fashion crowd but also a 70k following on a dedicated Instagram account: @newbottega.
And it’s not just the highly-coveted ‘Pouch’ bag (it will set you back a minimum of £1,730 if you want to be part of this gang) that is making waves at New York Fashion Week, it’s anything Bottega Veneta.
The padded square toes that currently hold wait lists, are also making the rounds in a stream of variations: sandals, court shoes and flats - that we predict will continue to be ‘it’ shoes well into 2020. As for the ‘Pouch’ bag, it’s universal appeal, lack of obvious branding and timeless aesthetic means it might be cool for now but you’ll love it forever.