Hello lovely blog readers,
In this post I will be reviewing the Bottega Veneta Olimpia bag in the nero color (a.k.a black) and in the small size. Bottega Veneta is one of those understated luxury brands that makes intricate woven leather bags in their nappa leather (which is lambskin). I have always had a Bottega Veneta bag on my wish list however it has never been at the top of my wish list (trendy it bags tend to top my list on a rotating yearly basis). In other words it’s a brand I’ve had my eye on for a long time however never really seriously pursued … that is until now. I purchased a replica version of the small Olimpia Bag because I needed a new everyday bag that I can quickly grab and go to run errands. What I absolutely love about the brand Bottega Veneta as a whole is that they do not have their logo plastered all over their products. In fact they explicitly have a motto that states, “When your own initials are enough.” This is quite a refreshing perspective on luxury goods considering the current hot trend is logo-mania as you may have noticed when perusing social media.
When I was debating whether to go authentic vs. replica for this bag I came across a thread on Purse Forum where many ladies mentioned that the resale of Bottega Veneta bags drop significantly (40-60%) from their retail sticker price on the second hand market. Additionally I read some criticism about the structure of the bag and leather not holding up well over time. The original retail price of the bag in the actual Bottega Veneta boutique is $2,900 USD. Now if I’m paying that much for a bag I’d expect it hold up for quite a while, and so I was naturally swayed towards choosing a replica instead of an authentic version. The bag came packaged in a dustbag and had plastic wrapped around its hardware. It did not come with a box.
The replica version of the bag is a pretty good replica. The authentic counterpart of the bag is compromised of 80% lambskin and 20% brass (the hardware). The chains on the replica bag are nice and heavy and made of real brass and not some plastic-y counterpart you’d expect on a fake. The silver hardware has a matte finish which adds a cool touch to the bag. The leather is also buttery smooth lambskin. If you’ve ever come across a Chanel Jumbo in lambskin you’ll have an idea as to how soft lambskin can be. Now this softness is not without detriment – the leather is much more easily scratched than more rough leathers (e.g. caviar leather). The leather on this Bottega Veneta bag is especially soft and buttery, and I would say it scratches even easier than a Chanel bag in labmskin (you can even see some scratches in the pictures below).
Of course as I have mentioned numerous times the leather on a replica bag is one of the key indicators of the quality of the bag. If the leather and hardware of the replica bag is on point then the chances are the rest of the bag should be good to go as well. Another key point to pay attention to when analyzing the accuracy of a replica bag is in the interior of the bag. Often manufacturers get sloppy and make mistakes on the interior where it is less noticeable. Luckily this Olimpia bag is just as well done on the inside of the bag. Like the original the interior was lined with a nice beige suede leather that is made of genuine leather as well. Also the interior of the bag is divided into two compartments and fitted with a handy zip pocket.
I am overall very impressed with the replica version of the Bottega Veneta Olimpia bag I received, and am glad I went with a replica over an authentic in the case of this particular model considering the flaws many authentic purchasers have noted as having with the original version of the bag. What do you think of my Olimpia bag? Let me know in the comments below as I’d love to hear!