From The Straits Times    |

Looking for a practical bag for your back to work lifestyle or finding a piece that will instantly lift your mood? You don’t have to decide between the two. In fact, we might have just found a piece that falls somewhere in between utilitarian and mood-boosting. Enter Bottega Veneta’s new It bag — the Padded Cassette.

After just over a year since Daniel Lee made his debut as the new creative director of Bottega Veneta, the difference in the brand’s aesthetic took a 180° turn. In his short time with the House he has turned the brand from what was perceived as older, safe classics to multiple major hits (read: The Pouch).

This season, the House has introduced a more and quirky piece to its line and its latest handbag aesthetic that’s in vogue. The bag you’ve seen on celebrities and influencers like Dakota Fanning and Joy (Park Sooyoung) from Red Velvet, is Bottega Veneta’s Padded Cassette Bag. Its soft, plush style makes for the cosiest and most playful day bag to have and to hold.

Boasting a fun twist to Bottega Veneta’s iconic Intrecciato weave, the flap bag is a lust-worthy design that many of us can’t seem to take our eyes off.

One of the few recognisable features of this bag is definitely the puffed and pillowy woven leather and distinct gold-triangular buckle. The bag is also made with 100% lambskin and arrives in a series of more than 10 shades for you to choose from — you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice.

The interior of the bag is also a little smaller than you’d expect because of its padded features, but it’s still roomy enough for you to store all your daily essentials and whatnots. Inside, you’ll find that the bag is fitted with a zipped pocket for you to secure your bag as well as a magnetic closure for extra security.

Amongst all the other things we love about this bag, we can’t help but gush over how versatile this piece is. The strap is adjustable so that the bag can be worn as a crossbody or over the shoulder — and it can even be tucked in so you can carry it as a clutch! It’s so versatile and is perfect especially if you’re looking for a bag that you can carry from day to night — no matter the occasion.

Bottega Veneta’s Padded Cassette Bag ($4,190) is now available in stores at Bottega Veneta and online on