First and foremost I would like to apologize for my absence this week and thank my contributors for holding down the fort. My job has become increasingly hectic and I simply couldn't keep up with my posts. It's actually been difficult to find bags worthy of reviewing anyway, because we're playing the inevitable waiting game that always takes place between seasons. Getting down to business, let's discuss a new clutch from the Bottega Veneta SS11 collection. This bag is decidedly bold for Bottega Veneta, while still maintaining the quiet sophistication of the brand. I personally love the fact that it's a wristlet, because I have a tendency to be forgetful, particularly after having one too many glasses of champagne. Don't let these pictures fool you. This clutch is quite large and the roomy interior is lined in lightly hued suede for added practicality and luxury. Although, I adore the classic woven detailing, I would have preferred it in leather. In its current state, I can't help but feel that the weaving is such a waste of the beautiful crocodile skin. Taking this logic a step further, I would have only used crocodile skin for the flap, where you get the most bang for your buck. That certainly would have reduced the astronomical $8,300 price tag. With that said, this little beauty would definitely be mine if money were no object. Available for preorder at Saks.com.