While shopping yesterday at the swanky Americana Shopping Center in Manhasset, New York with my BFF, Pam, I was horrified to see that fur, python, and pony hair are “front and center” in couture fashion. One designer’s shop actually had mounds of fur displayed throughout, and I thought I was going to break out in hives from being so upset.
It was one disappointment after another as we walked in and out of the world’s most luxurious shops, where I spotted endless displays of fur trimmed clothing, python handbags, and pony hair everything. I was seeing dead animals everywhere. Until we entered Bottega Veneta. As you probably know, Bottega Veneta is a high-end Italian fashion brand which is known for its leather goods. The line’s signature style is the “intrecciato weave.”
While Pam was questioning the sales associate about a handbag she was interested in buying, I heard the words “eco-friendly line” come out of the sales associate’s mouth. What? An eco-friendly line? Did I hear the words correctly? These are not words usually heard in high end fashion houses (except Stella’s, of course).
My body language must have been screaming “what did you just say?,” because the next thing I knew, the lovely sales associate removed this beautiful bag from a drawer for my personal observation. She said that this is one of the bags in Bottega Veneta’s eco-friendly line. It is made with sustainable, vegan materials and the dyeing and finishing of the fabric is environmentally sensitive.
I examined every nook and cranny of the handbag. No signs of leather anywhere. This fashion-forward bag has an adjustable strap so it can be worn over the shoulder too, and it is available in several colors.
While I was admiring the Appia Intrecciato Jersey Bag, this beauty also appeared before my eyes…
Bottega Veneta’s Intrecciato Duo-Compartment Shoulder Bag is also made with environmentally friendly materials, and I love the look of the chain handle. It comes in other colors too.
However, my favorite of the three earth-friendly bags I was shown is the new Carla Intrecciato Bag, which is trimmed in velvet and has a sophisticated “Chanel-style” look. Unfortunately, my photos didn’t come out well, and did not do this gorgeous little bag justice.
Of course, these handbags are quite pricey, and I don’t think I’ll be purchasing one anytime soon. But having the knowledge that a luxury lifestyle brand such as Bottega Veneta is creating an eco-friendly line to respond to the demands of its customers is really exciting to me. It’s surely a testament to the fact that going green, vegan, and environmentally friendly is becoming mainstream.
Apparently, this line of Bottega Veneta handbags came out in the Fall 2012, but I missed the big news. So, forgive me for reporting “old news” which, to me, is still great news!