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This affordable Bottega-inspired bag looks so much like Meghan Markle's date night purse

Plus check out more Bottega-inspired bags that look like they could be designer...

meghan markle bottega bag clutch best woven pouch dupe
Karen Silas
Senior Lifestyle Editor
March 5, 2024
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If you’re anything like the HELLO! Shopping team, you are still browsing the sales but are also SOOOOO ready to add some new season looks to your wardrobe. 

If you’re in love with Bottega Veneta's gorgeous woven luxury bags – like the Bottega intrecciato leather Pouch, £2,600 ($3,600), as worn by Meghan Markle – I have some good news for you. While out and about in the shops doing, ahem, ‘research’, I spotted the BEST lookalike at & Other Stories.

Best Bottega Veneta lookalikes to shop

The Duchess of Sussex carried the iconic Bottega pouch in a burgundy colourway back in 2022 while joining Prince Harry for dinner in Manhattan for a glamorous date night, and it has stuck in my mind ever since.

That might be why I stopped in my tracks when I spotted the & Other Stories leather woven clutch, £175 ($279) in classic black – it truly reminded me of Bottega's luxe bags. With a similar braided look and pouch design, it also handlily converts into a crossbody. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t immediately want to add it to my handbag collection.

It’s not easy to find a genuine leather Bottega lookalike at this price point – it literally saves you thousands. And it looks so expensive (and so much like Duchess Meghan’s Bottega) that I really wouldn’t blame anyone for assuming it's designer!

bottega veneta woven pouch clutch bag.

Luxury buy: Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Pouch

The convertible & Other Stories clutch is buttery soft on the outside, and has a cotton twill lining with a pocket on the inside, with a structured frame and hidden magnetic closure for a clean exterior design. Size-wise it’s most similar to the Bottega Veneta ‘Teen’ size pouch, although the designer look is a bit smaller in height and a big wider across (The & Other Stories look is 7.5” x 11.4” x  5.1") .

and other stories bottega woven pouch dupe

& Other Stories Braided Leather Bag

Once I saw the & Other Stories bag, I went down a rabbit hole of Bottega lookalikes to find more affordable options. 

& Other Stories leather braided bag© Karen Silas
The genuine leather & Other Stories bag, which also converts into crossbody, looks gorgeous (and expensive) up close

You know, for those fashion girlies who have Bottega taste but a Zara budget. And I found a couple more options that I think are worth shopping…

bottega veneta cassette vs jw pei Maze bag dupe

The Anne Hathaway fave JW Pei 'Maze' bag, inset, is a great affordable look if you love the Bottega ‘Cassette' bag, left

For example, JW Pei, the vegan leather bag brand behind the viral celebrity summer bag worn by Gigi Hadid, has an uncanny lookalike for the Bottega Veneta Cassette crossbody. In fact the designer-like bag is SO cool that none other than The Devil Wears Prada star Anne Hathaway has been spotted carrying it.

anne hathaway jw pei maze bag bag© Gotham
Anne Hathaway rocked the Bottega-like JW Pei 'Maze' bag in NYC

And Anthropologie has come through with a small bag that’s so similar to the to-die-for ‘Jodie’ Bottega Veneta bag, which has famously been worn by the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Hailey Bieber and Sydney Sweeney. 

bottega veneta jodie vs anthropologie Melie Bianco dupe

Anthropologie's Melie Bianco Brigitte Woven Faux-Leather Shoulder Bag, right, is a great lookalike for the Bottega 'Jodie' bag

The cruelty-free Melie Bianco Brigitte Woven Faux-Leather Shoulder Bag comes in multiple colours - so there’s one for every look in your wardrobe – and it's very close in size to the Bottega 'Jodie Teen'.

Of course the Anthropologie look isn't genuine leather, or handcrafted, so it's budget friendly but not as luxe. Take note that it is also less structured and slouchier than the designer look, plus the strap is longer so, all in all, it has a much more casual vibe. Still, you can style it the same way as you would the luxury version - it would look great dressed up with quiet luxury daywear, or dressed down with jeans and a tee.

But just think - you could add all three designer lookalikes to your wardrobe at the fraction of the cost of one designer bag. Tempting...

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