River Island’s £35 woven bag is a luxe-looking alternative to £2.8k Bottega Veneta clutch


When it comes to luxury handbags, there are several that officially reside in the must-have hall of fame, from a classic quilted Chanel 2.55 Shoulder Bag, £8,530 here, the more recent Bottega Veneta Pouch, £2,870 here, which is known for its woven material and slouchy design.

As much as we covet these luxury bags their high end price tag is more than enough to curb our need to splurge on them, but that doesn’t mean we have to completely miss out on the luxe look they bring to an outfit, especially when the high street comes through with a great affordable alternative like River Island has.

River Island’s woven clutch bag is a great affordable alternative to the Bottega Veneta one

The Black Embossed Weave Clutch Bag, £35 here, has an almost identical intrecciato woven texture and slouchy pouch design to the beloved Bottega version, whilst still saving you more than £2.8k.

Granted, it’s made from faux leather rather than real leather like Bottega’s, but it also comes with some extra design details that level up its luxury appearance, including a thin shoulder strap that allows you to wear it as a cross body or shoulder bag (or can be detached completely for a classic clutch), and two beaded tassel details which dangle from each end.

It also has a hidden clip fastening that allows you to close it securely and keep all your belongings safe and sound inside.

River Island Black Embossed Weave Clutch Bag
The clutch has a detachable shoulder strap and beaded tassel details

River Island’s Black Embossed Weave Clutch Bag, £35 here, does come in a slightly smaller size than the classic Bottega clutch, measuring 9cm long, 23cm high and 8cm deep, however it’s much more similar in size to the Bottega Veneta Mini Pouch, £1970 here, and will still save you more than £1900.

If you’re looking for a slightly roomier alternative to the sought after Bottega one, Frankie Bridge shared the Melie Bianco Larissa Woven Faux-Leather Shoulder Bag, £78 here, on one of her recent Frankie’s Faves Instagram series, with the sky blue woven bag looking very similar to the Bottega Veneta Teen Jodie, £2600 here.

Melie Bianco Larissa Woven Faux-Leather Shoulder Bag
Frankie Bridge shared the £78 alternative to Bottega’s Teen Jodie bag

Unlike the clutch version, both Bottega’s Teen Jodie design and Melie Bianco’s woven shoulder bag has a short grab top strap made from the same woven leather which means you can carry it in your hand or slip it over you shoulder and tuck it under your arm while you’re out and about. They also both come in a gorgeous sky blue colour that’s set to be one of the biggest trending colours of the season, so you can get ahead of the curve.

Whether you opt for River Island’s Black Embossed Weave Clutch Bag, £35 here, or the the Melie Bianco Larissa Woven Faux-Leather Shoulder Bag, £78 here, it’s clear you don’t need to splurge to have style.


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