Since Bottega Veneta opened their largest store in the Middle East back in 2018, the Italian fashion house has been cemented as a regional favourite. With more than four stores in Dubai alone, Bottega has been spotted on everyone from Queen Rania to Afef Jnifen.
This week, Bottega announced a limited release of pouches and sandals that can be exclusively found in their UAE and Kuwait boutiques – not available for purchase anywhere else in the world. This includes the Dubai flagship in Dubai Mall (including Bloomingdale’s and Harvey Nichols at the mall), the Abu Dhabi store in The Galleria, Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, Kuwait 360 Mall and Kuwait’s Al Hamra Luxury Centre.
The exclusive range includes python sandals, which are available in low or flat heel iterations, in colourways of ochre or neutral, complete with a sand-coloured sole and matching pouch. Screaming understated luxury, the sandals are minimal-fuss, and the ultra-simple slide-on appeal is perfect for hot weather.
For the full “new Bottega” look, the sandals can be perfectly paired with the matching python pouch, which is moderately small but spacious enough to fit in all your essentials. With no strap, the oversize clutch is elegant and easy-to-handle.
The second exclusive sandal and pouch set is available in a shimmering kid lame. The sandals are cut in the same early 00s mule iteration as the python pair, but the pattern and colour—which has a subtle metallic effect—almost acts as an evening alternative to the more daytime-suited python set. Snag the summer-ready colourway of aquatic turquoise before it’s too late.
This small rang of exclusives are undeniably attuned to the now-signature “new Bottega” look (think elegant paired-back shapes, offset by delicate prints in neutral shades, all made from excessively luxurious fabric).
A testament to Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee, the brand’s creative director who has earned a near instant cult following this year since taking the helm of the brand after a stint at Céline, the brand is leaning towards its Arab consumers – and we’re here for it.