From the bluffs of Malibu to the palm tree-laden boulevards of Beverly Hills, the matcha-welding celebrity style set has collectively chosen the tote to know for the Spring/Summer 2023 season.
For those keeping up with the luxury leather goods grazing the shoulders of Hollywood’s style savants, you’ll know that the bag of the season has been dubbed Bottega Veneta’s brand new, Matthieu Blazy-designed Andiamo Bag.
Similar to the Daniel Lee-era Bottega Veneta Jodie purse, legions of Hollywood heavyweights have proven that a luxurious soft-as-butter woven intrecciato leather purse is the superlative offering for slinging their scripts around town, or serving as their chic carry-on as they jet set to international film festivals.
Indeed, Succession’s Tom Wamsgans may have chastised bags of the “ludicrously capacious” variety, by here on the arms of the stylish upper echelon, the spacious Andiamo demonstrates it’s not only a worthy investment, but a stealth wealth staple steeped in understated luxury.
Though the deliciously woven top-handle bag has been reclaimed by A-lister Angelenos, the Andiamo is, at its core, another masterful offering from Bottega’s craft-focused and unconventionally artisan atelier.
The bag, which has unequivocally reached cult status in lightning speed, only debuted during Bottega’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection—Blazy’s sophomore collection at the Italian luxuriate.
For a burgeoning designer like Blazy, coming out of the gates running by creating the bag of the season in his second-ever collection presentation for a fashion conglomerate is a testament to his inimitable ability to embody Bottega’s playful ethos and create a piece pertinent to eager consumers.
While many of us were still eyeing off Bottega’s Sardine bag—an accessory unveiled in Blazy’s freshman collection—or bewitched with every precise movement by the legendary Kate Moss, Bottega’s SS23 show inadvertently delivered a new expression.
One that prioritises movement above all else, which is why the Andiamo bag is a perfect balance between a covetable must-have purchase and a perennial style staple.
The bag’s name, Andiamo, literally translates to “Let’s go”, reflecting the zeitgeist’s need to be perpetually pushed forward towards the next big thing. Another reason why Hollywood has adopted it as their own—the bag services those living a fast-paced life in the limelight.
Boasting the brand’s signature weave, the Andiamo is lined with lambskin bonded intrecciato leather and features a gilded metal knot that adorns and fastens its sliding braided strap.
For those keeping up with the bag’s sightings, you’ll most likely recognise this feature from being slung over the toned arm of Australian heartthrob Jacob Elordi.
In May, the Euphoria alumni set the internet ablaze with a candid paparazzi photo of him out and about in Los Angeles, double-fisting an iced matcha and latte while casually slinging the tote over his forearm à la Miu Miu’s models from their Fall/Winter 2023 collection.
Later, Kylie Jenner took to TikTok to unpack her Andiamo bag with us. “This has been my go-to favourite bag of all time,” Jenner said of the rich chocolate gelato-hued bag. “This was the best investment, she is really pretty and she just fits everything,” Jenner quipped. Quite the endorsement from the woman who homes her purse collection in their own separate rooms in her collection of mansions.
Across the continent, Michelle Yeoh carried her fondant variation by its top handle through the streets of New York. Elsewhere over the pond, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley featured her purse in her signature OOTD mirror selfies, clutching the purse by one bare, white knuckle.
What’s apparent is that this bag is providing an antidote for the gaudy and lurid Y2 K-driven trend cycle, with Bottega themselves describing the brand as “a tribute to going places and the concept of craft in motion.” Andiamo is buonissimo, indeed.
This story first appeared on GRAZIA International.