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The Bottega Veneta Knot

Since I already have two black clutches, and am much more likely to be found 19th in line, queuing up for falafel on any given night versus at a black tie event, you’d think that I would be done with dark colored evening bags. However I do have an addiction, and I use my existing clutches for more casual outings more than I thought I would. Because of my fondness for these little bags, lastย week I finally picked up an item on my list that I’ve been after for years – a Bottega Veneta Knot!

I first spied this studded Bottega knot almost 18 months ago, and was immediately drawn to it. ย I didn’t buy it because a) there were other closet priorities at the time, and b) I thought I might want to wait out for a more “classic” style. Since it was a seasonal style, I thought that I might try and wait out for a sale as well. Over the months there were a few other clutches that caught my eye – but none that really spoke to me like this studded one. I hemmed and hawed and went and bothered a few Bottega experts that I knew (including two that were interviewed on this site – Belle and T, thank you!) and learned that Bottega knots almost never go on sale, especially in black. They also aren’t carried in the outlets.

And they were right – over 18 months the clutch didn’t go on sale, and even had a small price increase – drat! Even worse, the black ended up going out of stock on all the websites I was stalking it on. When I randomly saw one in black reappear, I deliberated and then pulled the trigger. When the clutch arrived, I knew that it was staying.

Bottega Close Up

I love Bottega Veneta’s leather and the Knot is no exception – the leather is supple and perfect in your hand. ย The studs aren’t cheaply glued in but instead seem to be sturdily riveted on. I have also always loved the “knot” clasp that flips back to open up the bag – it’s a very satisfying feeling!

Bottega Knot inside

The Knot obviously doesn’t hold very much – a bit less than a Chanel Wallet-on-Chain because of its structured nature. A mobile phone or camera, lipstick, keys and some cash are about it. An iPhone in a typical case (including an iPhone 5, below) easily fits.

Bottega iPhone KNot

And a small detail but I love the small matching dustbag it arrives in.

Bottega Dustbag

My favorite aspect of the Bottega Veneta Knot is one I know shared with many of the brand’s enthusiasts – the feel of it in your hand. It fits perfectly and feels great to wear. And like most Knots I’ve seen (with the exception perhaps of the satin versions), it goes well with both casual and evening clothes.

Bottega Worn

In case there are others in the market for this beautiful bag, I thought I would share some of my learnings:

– Bottega Veneta Knots rarely if ever go on sale – if they do, it’s typically for seasonal colors (there are some gorgeous seasonal versions) and many sell out before reaching that point.
– There are two types of Knots: regular (mine) and elongated. Elongated Knots do fit more but some find them a little more unwieldy to carry.
– Remember that since you are carrying these in your hand, sweat/oils from your skin may transfer to the bag’s leather. This is why I ended up going with the black version of my bag, but was greatly tempted by the gorgeous red.
– Of the dressier fabrics (satin and silk), satin is more dressy and shiny but also more delicate. Silk faille is typically more matte and can more easily be worn during the day.

Bottega experts please correct me if any of this is wrong or if you have any other tips. And if you have a Knot, I’d love to hear your experiences with it as well!

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  • Mrs C
    March 11, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Stunning! You will never find this beauty on my list.. I truly have no where to go with it ๐Ÿ™‚ If you queue for falafel, I am most likely to browse through Satwa for street food! The bag is stunning and congrats.. wear it in good health!

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

    • Katherine
      March 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

      YOu know it’s a lot more versatile than I thought, I would definitely give these bad boys a try. Satwa street food sounds amazing.

  • Whitney Worthington
    March 11, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Wow. What a gorgeous clutch. I am now going to shop for one myself – it is too beautiful!

    XO

  • englishvers
    March 11, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Bottega-Veneta is such an excellent brand. They are known for classic elegant, timless peices. I adore this bag. It’s modern with a slight trend tick.

  • alison*elle
    March 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

    This is such a beautiful bag, Katherine! I love that it seems to fit just perfectly in your hand and all the leather details.

    xo, alison*elle

    • Katherine
      March 11, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Thank you Alison!

  • adele
    March 11, 2013 at 11:07 am

    It’s gorgeous Katherine – serious clutch envy!!!!
    Have a wonderful week Hun xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • this gorgeous life
    March 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

    this is GORGEOUS!

  • Jie
    March 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Gorgeous new clutch! Congrats! The black is a great choice!

    • Katherine
      March 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you Jie ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Olivia
    March 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I love the BV Knot in all its iterations…there are threads on the Purse Forum showing years worth of gorgeous and creative variations. Yours is a beauty! I have the stretch knot in black silk faille and it indeed is a workhorse for both day and evening.

    • Katherine
      March 11, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Olivia I LOVE the silk faille, it is so beautiful and love the matte look it has too. So glad to hear that you are finding it versatile!

  • Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies
    March 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    It’s such a gorgeous clutch! I’ve long admired the Knot and often gawk at the window display. Knowing me who carries a million things in my handbag, I can never ever own one.

  • TheFashionableTeacher
    March 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I’m not a fan of Bottega Veneta handbags, but I do love their knot clutches. Since I blog about red carpet fashion, I see them all the time being carried by celebrities. Kerry Washington recently carried the elongated one to the Film Independent Spirit Awards. It doesn’t surprise me that they never go on sale.
    Your version is stunning. I love the studs.

    • Katherine
      March 11, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Thank you! Yes I used quite a few photos of celebrities when I was looking at the bag sizes and colors, lol!

  • Khola
    March 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Great choice! Bottega is classic. This is a keeper ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Emily
    March 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I love my elongated knot! The metal knot clasp is my favorite part of the clutch. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Katherine
      March 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Ah I love the elongated knot too and yes the clasp is wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Plumtree
    March 12, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Love this! I’ve been looking at these for ages but don’t really have a clutch lifestyle. This post has made me think I have to go check these out in the boutique though!

  • Anna
    March 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I love Bottega’s studded pieces, but this Knot is particularly versatile. Slightly rock ‘n roll but can be dressed up too. I would love to see some photos of how you use it outside of dressy black tie events!

  • Kristin
    March 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    MAJOR score lady! It’s absolutely gorgeous and I’m sure the cost per wear ratio will come out in your favor!

    • Katherine
      March 14, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you Kristin!

  • Diva
    March 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Katherine.. I love your blog and your interviews.. I’m not sure whether I have mentioned about dsaksinstyle.com? It would be great if you can do an interview with her.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers

    x

    • Katherine
      March 14, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Hi! yes thank you for the recommendation – I hope to have one her one day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • TC
    March 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    You got it! Your new knot is gorgeous. I also just picked up my latest knot; I’ve been waiting for it since the trunk show: the limited edition Ayers Butterfly Knot.

    A couple of things to note:

    1. Knots never go on sale at Bottega Veneta boutiques so if you’re hunting for a sale seasonal knot, check other stores.

    2. If a knot style is not carried over, once it’s gone, it is GONE. Sadly, I still pine for the few knots that got away. So if there is a specific one you are lusting after, keep a close eye on inventory.

    • Katherine
      March 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Hi TC, thank you so much for your help! I LOVE that butterfly knot, I saw some photos and it is gorgeous! You are my knot inspiration along with Belle ๐Ÿ™‚

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