In a moment when we’re encouraged to stay in place, you’d think there’d be little use for handbags. But on the occasion that I leave my house for a walk, I find myself in need of a newfound bundle of protective equipment: extra masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, the works. And in an effort to impose some sense of control onto all this new stuff, I find myself compartmentalizing my bags. I carry pouches within pouches within pouches, separating my thermometers from my allergy meds from my Purell. There’s something very satisfying about having a container for everything.
There’s also something very satisfying about this Bottega Veneta pouch. Although it’s obviously a little bit luxe for my needs, its color, size, and material are easy on the eyes. Made of a leather crochet knit, its intrecciato weave is both supple and firm, like a stress ball. You can fit everything you might need in it, and still shove it under your arm with ease, hands-free. Even when it’s not in use, I can imagine it sitting patiently in its owner’s home, waiting to be picked up like a plump lap dog.