My first glimpse of Bottega Veneta’s woven bags (in 2002?) was love at first sight. I adore everything woven and you just knew the quality would make these bags lifelong companions. At that time I was still living in Berlin and the £ (net-a-porter was a UK only website then, charging in £) was sky high compared to the low valued €; so I (stupidly) thought 'I’ll wait, they might get cheaper'.
Later I bought a pair of Bottega Veneta sandals, but I’ve got a hunch they are pre-Tomas Maier since something about their design doesn’t seem quite right and I hardly ever wear them.
The bags haven't gotten cheaper, but are still on my 'want-it-badly' list.
*Although, how about we up the funds, so I can have a pick from Céline and Dries van Noten, too?!