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Object of Desire: Bottega Veneta Piazza Bag

By Bianca Husodo

Against the spectrum, red stakes a claim. The incendiary essence of the colour red has sparked many a political revolution, painted the pleasures of the flesh and seeped into the rich tapestry of Chinese culture. And with the dawn of another year in the Chinese lunisolar calendar, Italian house Bottega Veneta steeps in the bold hue’s blazing vastness. Its medium? The Piazza bag.

In two tones of reds — its lower half a striking crimson, contrasted with the foldover flap’s brighter poppy — the structured panels of buttery nappa leather form the Italian house’s signature accessory. Its securing gold-tone buckle engraved with checkers, a nod to the brand’s definitive intrecciato weave, of which takes palpable precedence on a strap. Detachable, but only fulfilling its intended purpose when hung on one’s shoulder — a telling flag of Bottega Veneta’s understated repertoire, spliced with the shade of good fortune and joy.

Bottega Veneta Piazza bag, S$3,760.