I was just strolling through the mall today checking out what’s what in the shops when the most unlikely of shops grabbed my attention…Chico’s! There in the window was a bag like the one I had eyed up so many times before while shopping in the luxury stores of London…the Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Tote! My love affair has been long and difficult with this bag. I’ve longed for the luscious leather to swing elegantly over my shoulder. I’ve dreamt of days walking through the streets of Rome with nothing but a Prada dress, Ferragamo heels and this Veneta bag. But alas, the $3,950 price tag has kept us apart all these months. Then like a ray of light from heaven above, I saw a bag that had VERY similar characteristics for a fraction of the price! Chicos was selling the Exquisite Tote, what I will now think of as a cousin to the Intrecciato! It’s priced at $129 for a reason. This is not, and never will be, the Bottega Veneta standard. You can’t ever replicate the leather that is crafted in the Bottega Veneta workshops….that’s why it has the steep pricetag. However, if you aren’t concerned about the superior quality of the leather and just love the look of a good bag, then this Chico’s piece has your name all over it!