Among the grassy plains of Montebello Vicentino lies a 19th-century villa overlooking Shakespeare’s Montecchio Maggiore castles. Inside that villa is the Bottega Veneta atelier, the company creating some of the world’s most coveted bags. When they established in 1966, Bottega Veneta employed Vincenza’s local craftsmen to produce a brand of artisanal leather goods. To this day, Bottega bags are still handmade in Italy, which helps explain why prices average about $3,000 a bag.
Understated and high-quality, Bottega Veneta defines luxury. There’s no need for labels or monograms because you can recognize a Bottega from its signature woven design. Since the beginning, the brand used the criss-cross weave called intrecciator as its trademark technique. Fittingly, the company’s motto is: “When your initials are enough.” The Bottega logo is their signature weave and craftsmanship, which also means it’s very difficult to copy their designs.
A Bottega Veneta bag is an investment. The house (led by creative director Tomas Maier since 2001) creates the same styles year after year, and every year they go up in price. Ok then. We don’t need much more convincing. So if you’re going to invest in a Bottega, which one do you get?
Of all the fabulous Bottega styles, the Sloane is the essential classic. An iconic hobo, the Sloane bag is an exceptionally chic way to carry, well, everything. The broad flat handle keeps it comfortable on your shoulder, so you don’t have to think twice about piling in all your necessities. But with sold-out online stockists and hard to find in-store models, these coveted bags are not easy to acquire. That’s where eBay comes in. Head over here to elevate your everyday uniform with a bag that will last you a lifetime.
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