OCU­LUS DUFFEL

The Peak (Singapore) - - The Hot Seat -

Bot­tega Veneta bags – say, the Ca­bat tote, or the Veneta hand­bag – are gen­er­ally dis­tin­guished by the house’s sig­na­ture in­trec­ciato wo­ven leather. In­deed, there is plenty to like about this mo­tif, which is wo­ven by hand.

For the men’s bags, how­ever, Bot­tega has in­tro­duced a new sig­na­ture look – one where the in­trec­ciato pan­els serve as an ac­cent, rather than the ma­te­rial for the en­tire car­rier. This sea­son, this aes­thetic can be seen in the Ocu­lus Duffel bag.

01 FULL CIR­CLE

What does this bag and Rome’s Pan­theon have in com­mon? The for­mer has eye­lets in­spired by the ocu­lus, or hole, in the dome of the an­cient build­ing.

The large eye­lets on the han­dle at­tach­ment are made of a metal cir­cle sur­rounded by a leather one. They are not just strik­ing de­sign ac­cents, but also sturdy struc­tures for the han­dles to pass through.

02 MAT­TER OF CON­TRAST S

In­trec­ciato leather pan­els cre­ate a taste­ful con­trast with the smooth calf­skin used for the main body of the Ocu­lus Duffel, but the dif­fer­ences be­tween the two go be­yond tex­ture. Sub­tly con­trast­ing fin­ishes add fur­ther in­ter­est to this monochro­matic ac­ces­sory: The in­trec­ciato panel has a shiny fin­ish, while the main body of the bag is crafted from matte French calf­skin.

03 IN THE DE­TAILS

This car­rier bal­ances the sup­ple­ness of its form with a cool, min­i­mal­ist sever­ity.

The lat­ter is de­rived from its al­most all-black pal­ette, in­clud­ing neat black stitches and hand-painted edges, and matte metal el­e­ments.

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