Believe it or not, the fashion world’s latest It bag is a clutch—a damn good one, but still. In fact, recently appointed creative director Daniel Lee’s new handbag shape for Bottega Veneta, known as The Pouch, is so good you can’t scroll through Instagram on any given day without seeing several, if not more, pop up. So good Rosie Huntington-Whiteley owns it in (at least) two colors and has posted eight different outfit photos where she is wearing one on her feed. And lastly, so good, I myself have tried to purchase one on multiple occasions, only to fail—which, as a shopping expert, doesn’t happen often.
Nonetheless, it’s true. First, on a recent trip to Italy (the brand’s birthplace), I must have tried three different stores in hopes of even just seeing what the bag looked like in person, only to be told it’s sold out and garnering quite the waiting list. Since then, I’ve tried purchasing one online several times to find it got away from me repeatedly before I could settle on one of the many color and texture options.
With Rosie’s soft camel version among the hardest to track down, the scarcity has not changed much in recent weeks. Even Net-a-Porter and MyTheresa are completely sold out of the bag at the moment. However, for those with more patience and flexibility than myself, some sites including Bottega Veneta’s own have a handful of options on pre-order, with a few select colors and sizes available to ship now—though I assume not for long.