Traditionally, anything Bottega Veneta which comes with its trademark intrecciato weave will come in the high thousands, be it the weaved hobos for ladies or the weaved briefcases for men. And that was the whole point, because it would mean you had paid enough to join the crowd in an exclusive club with a difference.
That notion, however, gets thrown out when something like the Bottega Veneta Barbed Leather Briefcase appears. It does not look anything like a typical Bottega Veneta piece, and while the shape and style look vaguely familiar, the intrecciato weave, missing.
Instead, all you get is a soft calf leather briefcase (40.5 cm by 32 cm) which has a hand-cut, twisted detailing that resembles barbed wire running along the fringes of the bag. It also retails for much less (get it online at Mr Porter for GBP1665), which leads me to a question.
Would you be willing to pay much less to get a Bottega Veneta without its recognisable weave (and perhaps lose the recognition you would otherwise get), or do you think it is a great entry-level piece regardless?
Image: Bottega Veneta