Chunky, Buttery Goodness (Warning: Not a Biscuit)
Daniel Lee really makes my heart skip a beat. Well, not because he’s attractive (I mean he is, it’s not like he isn’t….. you get it) but because everything he creates somehow seems to become that next thing literally ALL of us can’t stop lusting over. The obsession began when he launched the Pouch at the Spring 2019 collection for Bottega Veneta. Soon after, Lee’s genius revealed the Twist, the Casette, the Mini Jodie and the Whirl and, as they say, the crowds simply went wild. The Pouch, meanwhile, continues to achieve a status akin to a cult, with everybody from Instagram Influencers to Editors to Rihanna fawning over its squishy, soft goodness.
The structure of the Bottega Veneta Pouch, in its utter simplicity and luxuriousness, was later expanded to concoct the Shoulder Pouch and further modified to the Chain Pouch, and I can confidently say, it’s exactly that thing that you never knew you needed so desperately, regardless of whether you’ve already got your hands on the Pouch or not :)
Why, you might ask? I’ll tell you, but let me first start off with a little insight of why the Pouch became the Classic it is today. The Pouch is truly the “Anti It-bag”, featuring no logos, no recognisable hardware and only Bottega Veneta’s trademark butter calf leather in an oversized (and later smaller) formation, while its suppleness means it can actually hold more than it looks like it can. And of course, there are the myriad colors and textures it comes in, from neutrals and pretty pastels to metallics, python, relaxed crocodile (accompanied by an outrageous price tag too), the house’s signature intrecciato weave and a Zebra print as well (Hailey Bieber loves it!)
The Chain Pouch, however, includes quite a bit of hardware (bonus points for guessing what that is) but it still manages to look not only as versatile, but in fact a lot more beautiful as well, like a dressed up version of the Pouch that you can totally rock to the grocery store (because we pretty much aren’t going anyplace else during COVID). The chain itself is extremely distinctive, available in polished gold and silver (personally I’m glad Lee didn’t decide to incorporate Bottega’s signature gunmetal here, it’s not as fun as the shiny stuff) and features thick rectangular links that are juxtaposed brilliantly with the rounded suppleness of the Pouch itself. And the colours OHMYGOD are perfect complements to the metal of the chains, whether it’s the classic black-silver or the more adventurous (and oh so risky) white-gold. My favourite iteration is this stunning mustard version, officially called Yellow, that I never guessed I would like, primarily because most mustard-coloured objects remind me of puke. Yuck. But the Mustard Pouch, just drop-dead gorgeous.
But I already have a Pouch, should I still get the Chain Pouch? Stop whining already, of course you should. It’s THAT good.
So if you wanna get one to impress the grocer or you’ve got party plans of your own or whatever (just please stay safe), shop your very own Chain Pouch at SSENSE today.