Imitation is a form of flattery, they say. But never the fakes.
Before we get into how to authenticate the Mini Jodie, let’s answer the question, “Why are there so many imitated and fake Mini Jodie bags?” The answer comes down to two things: the bag’s iconic history and trendy “no logo” design – evidence of why this style is a prime target to be faked.
Firstly, the story of the Mini Jodie bag all started when it landed in stores around 2020 (thanks to Daniel Lee – we can’t wait to see what he does with Burberry). Since then, we’ve seen this style everywhere in nearly every color imaginable. And the name? It comes from Jodie Foster. The name takes us back to that iconic moment when she is seen shielding herself from the paparazzi using her large Bottega Veneta hobo.
Aside from its history, the Mini Jodie bag is also the poster child for the trendy “no-logo” design. You can instantly spot it from a mile away with its signature hobo shape, Intrecciato weave (woven leather), and artfully twisted knot. What’s not to love about this modern twist? Well, the fakes, of course.
At FASHIONPHILE we know that trendy pieces are likely to be counterfeited, that’s why every item that comes through our doors is thoroughly checked by our experts using in-house brand guides and scientific technology. Chances are you’re reading this at home and with no fancy tools on hand. Don’t get discouraged. To get started, there are simple steps you can follow to help identify if your Mini Jodie is authentic right in the comforts of your home. From our experts to you, this four step at-home reference guide covers how to authenticate the Mini Jodie bag – no scientific tech required. Let’s get started.
Authenticating the Mini Jodie in 4 Steps
Step 1: Note the Silhouette
The Jodie silhouette is iconic. Known for its crescent-shaped hobo silhouette (the Double Knot bag too – are you team Jodie or team Double Knot?). There is an older model of the Mini Jodie and a newer model. Notating this is important because the dimensions may differ slightly. And if you’re shopping for a Mini Jodie bag, you’ll want to remember this because the older model is slightly elongated with squared edges. The newer model is more round. Construction is everything. On the fake, the dimensions do not match that of the authentic, which is an older model and the handle is much higher than it should be.
Step 2: Pay Close Attention to the Materials
Part of authenticating the Mini Jodie bag is looking closely at the materials present. Bottega Veneta’s signature Intrecciato weave is imitated everywhere. Intrecciato, which translates to “intertwined” or “braided” in Italian, is a particular weaving technique. It’s a one-of-a-kind, in-house developed concept that achieves one of the most desirable looks in the luxury world. When shopping for Bottega Veneta, you can expect to see plenty of items with the Maxi Intrecciato weaves as well as the classic Intrecciato. The original Intrecciato weave incorporates diamond weaves, whereas the Maxi Intrecciato often incorporates oversized square weaves. For the full lesson, read our guide to iconic Bottega Veneta textiles.
When you look closely at the Intrecciato weave on Mini Jodie bags, you should see natural “lifts” throughout the weave. It should not be embossed or glued together.
Step 3: Check the Hardware
Bottega Veneta uses only the best materials, of course. That includes hardware. Their zipper pulls have a unique curve to them that is characteristic of their bags including the Mini Jodie bags. You should never detect a mirage finish, ripples, or cheap looking hardware on authentic Mini Jodie bags.
Step 4: Hunt Down Those Originality Certified Tags
These should be present! If you don’t see them, that’s a red flag. Sometimes with age, these tags will be weathered down (and in rare cases cut off by previous owners), but these tags have a unique code system that our brand experts reference to help authenticate Bottega Veneta bags. Disclaimer: not all current Bottega Veneta styles include the white tag. Depending on the style and construction of the bag the certified tags are green flags to look out for, especially on Jodie bags; although tags are not all encompassing for the Bottega Veneta brand in regards to authenticating.
With the counterfeiters constantly playing tricks, it really pays to do your homework. From notating the silhouette and materials to the hardware and tags present, every detail counts. Be sure to subscribe to our blog Academy by FASHIONPHILE for new authentication guides.