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The Bottega Veneta Cassette Bag: A Modern Classic Revisited

CEO Tinh Phung
Exuding timeless sophistication with a trendy edge, Bottega Veneta has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. Under the creative direction of Daniel Lee, the brand has captivated consumers and fashion critics alike with...

Exuding timeless sophistication with a trendy edge, Bottega Veneta has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. Under the creative direction of Daniel Lee, the brand has captivated consumers and fashion critics alike with its innovative use of materials and avant-garde approach to fashion design.

One of Daniel Lee's most notable creations is the Cassette bag, introduced in pre-fall 2019, which has won the hearts of a global audience. This genderless fashion must-have has been spotted on the shoulders of celebrities like Jacob Elordi and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, further solidifying its status as a modern classic.

Characteristics of the Cassette Bag

For Bottega Veneta, the focus is on beautiful and intricate design rather than excessive branding, adding to its under-the-radar appeal. The quality and unique craftsmanship of the Cassette bag speak for themselves.

Subtle but Famed Hardware

The Bottega Veneta bag exudes luxury with its subtle initial on the adjustable strap's hardware. The brand's signature plaited look not only whispers sophistication but also showcases the fashion aficionado's discerning taste. The bag features a magnetic closure for easy access, with some versions also offering a zipper.

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Silver Hardware on a Green Medium Cassette from Calf leather, sold on saclab.com.

Latticed Leathers

The Cassette bag builds on the Italian fashion house's iconic Intrecciato method, known for its intricately woven leather. The brand's design story traces back to strips of double-faced leather, woven by hand into aesthetically pleasing and structurally strong pieces. This weaving technique has become a staple for Bottega Veneta.

The Cassette bag features a more pronounced Maxi weave, characterized by thicker strips of leather and a more open pattern, accentuating its modern look. Crafted with the highest quality Nappa leather, the bag showcases the brand's commitment to excellence and craftsmanship. While Nappa leather remains a popular choice, the Cassette bag is also available in denim, canvas, and plaited nylon.

Bold or Beige-toned

The Cassette bag offers an unparalleled array of colors, allowing each individual to find their perfect match. From neutral shades like chocolate brown and polished black to vibrant colors like poison green, red, and purple, the bag adds a refined air to any look. Whether you prefer a monochrome design or color blocking and contrasting color accents, the Cassette bag has it all.

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Victoria Beckham with her bright green Cassette bag. Image: James Devaney for Vogue.

What Will It Carry?

The size and style of the Cassette bag determine what you can fit inside. However, rest assured that it will easily accommodate your daily essentials while remaining compact enough to be worn comfortably over your shoulder or cross-body.

In a classic-sized bag, you can comfortably fit your phone, cardholder, key pouch, wireless headphones, and a few makeup items like a lip balm or lipstick. You can even place your sunglasses on top of your other belongings when neatly arranged.

One thing to note is that the Padded Cassette, known for its squishy texture, is not the most spacious option. While the bag may appear generously sized, its main compartment is relatively small, and the puffy exterior gives it a visually compact look.

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Look inside a Padded Cassette bag in Porridge, made from Calf Leather. Sold on Saclab.com.

5 Types of Cassette Bags

The Cassette bag offers a unique rendition for every individual, making it a truly versatile accessory . Here are five of our favorite variations:

The Classic Cassette

The original version features the iconic Intrecciato weave made from high-quality Nappa leather. Its soft, unstructured silhouette gives it a relaxed and casual feel.

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A Multicolored Classic Cassette bag. Image: Bottega Veneta.

The Padded Cassette

Undoubtedly the most popular iteration, the Padded Cassette boasts a plush appearance with its quilted design. Made from padded Nappa leather, its squishy fabric can even replace your pillow when you're on the go.

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Bottega Veneta's Padded Cassette bag, sold on saclab.com.

The Belt Cassette

Designed to be worn around the waist or as a cross-body bag, the Belt Cassette hangs flush against your back or chest. It features a detachable and adjustable leather belt strap, allowing you to transform it into a clutch for a more formal evening look.

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A Belt Cassette in Black. Image: Bottega Veneta.

The Chain Cassette

While all Cassette bags come with adjustable leather straps, the Chain Cassette adds a touch of elegance with its chunky chain strap in gold or silver hardware. Available in various versions, including the classic and padded styles, the chain detail elevates the bag's casual style.

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A Dark Brown Chain Cassette bag in Suede. Image: Launchmetrics Spotlight.

The Bucket Cassette

This vertical variant of the Classic Cassette may appear unconventional, but it exudes a sense of fashionable extravagance. Sporting a spacious interior and vibrant color, the Bucket Cassette is perfect for making a statement.

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A Bucket Cassette in Sunburst. Image: Bottega Veneta.

All versions of the Cassette Bag come in varying sizes, ranging from small to normal to maxi. Regardless of the creative vision's transition to Matthieu Blazy, the Cassette Bag will forever be synonymous with the revival of Bottega Veneta.

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