Worth It: Bottega Veneta's Foulard Cassette Bag

Timeless with a twist.

Bottega Veneta Foulard Casette overlayed with the text Worth It
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Before #newBottega hashtags took over the internet, the Italian brand Bottega Veneta was known for its extraordinary leather goods. With origins as an independent company founded in 1966, the brand became famous in the U.S. with the opening of its New York City store in 1972. Built on its masterful, subdued approach to luxury and craftsmanship, Bottega Veneta quickly became a household name for leather lovers who admired a discreet sensibility achieved via their signature intrecciato weave designs. Intrecciato, which literally translates to braided, has become a signature for the Bottega brand—using strips of leather to create a dense woven pattern. Now, more than fifty years later, with newly-minted creative director Matthieu Blazy at the helm, the brand is revisiting its dedication to the classics with a few subtly modern twists.

The Foulard Cassette, the newest style for Bottega's Pre-Spring 2023 collection, reimagines Bottega's iconic intrecciato weave while drawing upon the house's unique new foulard printing technique, described by the house as "a pinched technique that creates movement on papery leather." 

Known for its distinctive boxy shape, the cassette handbag style, comprised of woven "fettuce," or narrow leather strips, has a functional crossbody style crafted from 100 percent traceable leather. The new Foulard treatment means each bag is inherently one-of-a-kind.

But unlike so many "it" bags, the Foulard Cassette is not meant to be an icon frozen in time. Instead, the bag adheres to the brand's principles of blending pragmatism and luxury. Creating a bridge between the past and the future, the Foulard Cassette is undoubtedly a bag you can pass down through the generations. And the brand's new initiative, the Certificate of Craft program, further drives home the Italian house's mission to create pieces made to last across lifespans. The program offers unlimited lifetime services to refresh, repair, and even replace your Bottega Veneta bag following wear and tear.

"Our commitment to always use superior materials and preserve outstanding craft while focusing on responsible growth inspired us to offer this new [Certificate of Craft] service to our clients," says the brand. A bag meant to last a lifetime? Now that's totally worth it.

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Sara Holzman
Style Director

Sara Holzman is the Style Director for Marie Claire, where she's worked alongside the publication for eight years in various roles, ensuring the brand's fashion content continues to inform, inspire, and shape the conversation about fashion's ever-evolving landscape. With a degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, Sara is responsible for overseeing a diverse fashion content mix, from emerging and legacy designer profiles to reported features on the influence of social media on style and seasonal and micro trends across the world's fashion epicenters in New York, Milan, and Paris. Before joining Marie Claire, Sara held fashion roles at Conde Nast's Lucky Magazine and Self Magazine and was a style and travel contributor to Equinox's Furthermore website. Over her decade of experience in the fashion industry, Sara has helped guide each brand's style point of view, working alongside veteran photographers and stylists to bring editorial and celebrity photo shoots to fruition from start to finish. Sara currently lives in New York City. When she's not penning about fashion or travel, she’s at the farmer’s market, on a run, working to perfect her roasted chicken recipe, or spending time with her husband, dog, and cat. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork