Five years ago, if you had told me that Posh Spice would be at the helm of a clothing and accessories line that people take seriously, I would have told you that you should probably consider laying off the drugs. It seems so utterly far-fetched that a 90s pop star would morph from a chaps-wearing WAG to a serious fashion person in the space of only a few years, and yet, Victoria Beckham has done just that. Not only are her collections shown at New York Fashion Week, but they are generally quite well-received and often worn by other stars on red carpets of all kinds.

I don’t know exactly how much designing Vicky B. does, although she’s said to be quite involved in the process, but at least she had the presence of mind to hire people who don’t suck to create her line, which is a move from which other celebs with clothing lines would do well to learn. And now that she’s doing accessories, the Victoria Beckham Matte Crocodile Shoulder Bag would seem to indicate that she took great care in hiring whoever’s designing her bags as well.

At nearly $14,000, this bag is the most expensive of the tightly edited handbag collection that Beckham launched for Spring 2011 by a wide margin. And even if the five-figure price tag throws people off guard, I think including an exotic bag like this one is a good long-term marketing decision for the line; not only has the bag been picked up by many different media outlets because of the steep asking price, but a piece like this one gives the collection an implied prestige that Beckham and her business managers certainly want to create for the brand. If the price point needs to be adjusted down in subsequent seasons, that’s easy to do and even easier for consumers to swallow. Starting in the middle and adjusting up isn’t quite so simple once price expectations have already been formed. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $13950.

  • Sbelle

    I love the look of the bag, but not the price point. I very interested to see what her handbag line comes out with over the next few seasons. (ipad)

  • Shana

    I like the look of it! Obviously, can’t AFFORD it, but it’s pretty (ipad)

  • Kate

    It’s not a bad looking bag but for 14,000 I would definitely go elsewhere…(ipad)

  • jen

    while I agree with most of what you wrote, this bag really screams Chanel 2.55 at me, and brings out nothing new at all of a classic style. Even if I had that kind of money for a handbag, I just don’t see the point. Where is the unique selling point, the surplus?

  • jillybean307

    I adore her, but this bag looks really similar to a Chanel. I think she had a lot of potential though. (ipad)

  • Adrienne C

    some people should spread some of that excessive wealth around (ipad)

  • Mary

    It doesn’t look bad but I would rather get a couple of Hermes bags. (iPad)

  • lisa

    i think her line is great. apparently she worked closely with roland mouret when she first started which explains why her clothes are so well structured and architectual. the bag is good for a first collection and she definitely has potential and understands clothes and accessories. (ipad)

  • Emma G

    Hillier London does her accessories, I do love the bags, but I don’t love 14 grands worth (ipad)

  • Emma G

    You’re into to this post really made me giggle (ipad)

  • Merve

    I dont see how anyone in their right mind would hand over 14k to Victoria Beckham. (ipad)

  • Maggie

    I think it’s very pretty, but I would rather get a birkin for that amount. (ipad)

  • Heather

    I have no problem with it, but it doesn’t thrill me $14K worth (ipad).

  • quimerula

    I like it, but I’d rather buy an Hèrmes bag for 14k. (ipad).

  • Linda

    I can’t imagine spending that much on any handbag, let alone this one. (ipad)

  • Justine

    It’s a pretty bag but… it’s a little overpriced. (ipad)

  • S.J.

    i love victoria beckham (ipad)

  • S.J.

    and everything she puts her hancs on :)(ipad)

  • Sherry

    i wish i could afford her bags including this one :( (ipad)

  • Sherry

    not only her bags but her dresses are amazing :) (ipad)

  • Sherry

    you should check out her jeans and sunglass collection (ipad)

  • Marianna

    IF I came into the kind of money that allows one to spend $14K on a handbag, it wouldn’t be this one. It’s an attractive bag but I feel like it doesn’t bring anything fresh to the table. (ipad)

  • nini

    I like it. It’s pretty…but I’ll probably buy something else with that money. (ipad)

  • Kelly

    The bag is great…very on point with the rest of her clothing creations. But yeah, for this price, I will most likely op for a Hermes first! (iPad)

  • M

    She worked with Katie Hillier on this bag. Apparently, it was reported that she had alot to play in the design and aesthetics of the bag, from inside out. Dunno hw true. But if i had spare cash, i would get one though

  • ROMAAMOR

    I like it, but not for 14k. (ipad).

  • Vicky

    Like it too, and if cash weren’t an issue, and I already had a closet full of Chanels and Hermes, and I would probably get one. Love VB, her style is totally up my alley.

  • edoardo

    The bag could be ncie but the price is crazy. I can understand this price only for something of Hermès or Bottega Veneta. This bag hasn’t anything “special” and the design is really classic and then Nancy Gonzalez purposes crocodile clutches at less prices (2000/3000 dollars…)

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

    • Stacy

      Edoardo you make a Great point about Nancy’s bags. What makes VB more expensive than the “real queen ” of exoctics bags- Ms. Gonzales?

  • Cate

    very pretty, but very expensive! (ipad)

  • t

    this bag is not worth 14k. This is not hermes or chanel. But she is a good business woman. (ipad)

  • Tonya

    I don’t really care much for it…. (ipad)

  • cl

    it’s beautiful but $14,000? i thought i read the price wrong at first! (ipad)

  • Donna C.

    Obviously the price makes it out of my league but I honestly do not see anything special about this bag (ipad)

  • Elizabeth

    i can’t believe she’s selling out, considering it’s her first line of handbags! The whole thing is totally ridiculous. (ipad)

    Love her style though!

  • Lauren

    The bag is beautiful. However, for that kind of price, I think I would go with a more established fashion house. (iPad)

  • Jo-Anne

    The bag is beautiful but like what others said, I would rather spend that kind of money at Hermes, Chanel, or Louis Vuitton, unless ofcourse if the bag comes with David Beckham. (ipad)

  • Leah

    This is just a little too boring for my taste… plus I HATE chain straps. They look great and feel awful. When she designs something I love (and I’m sure that she will), I’ll be first in line to buy it though!! (ipad)

  • Renee’

    Just cannot think of her in the same category as Hermes or Chanel. Just can’t. She is in a totally different orbit than the true designers in spite of the steep price point and the pretty croc skin. And she needs to eat something.Anything! (I know, I know) (ipad)

  • m1ni

    Lots of money. But if I have the $14k, i’d rather spend it for other brands. (ipad)

  • Yun

    I agree with m1ni. I wouldn’t just drop this amount of money for her name, I’d get a Chanel croc flap instead. (ipad)

  • milwifey

    It’s a very pretty bag, but for the price tag, I’d rather get the chanel 2.55. However, I do think the Kardashian sisters can learn a lesson or two from Victoria Beckham. It’s much more classy than the hideous leopard bag they designed for bebe. (ipad)

  • XXAL

    this bag is cute & i agree with what u said about starting at a high price then lowering it as she goes on.. b/c those who might fall in love with this bag will hold off buying it due to the price.. & perhaps once it is lowered to an acceptable price made by other leather.. they’d probably snatch it right away! (ipad)

  • justa9url

    I think the bag is sleek and I would love to own it BUT I would rather invest in a Chanel flap than this one (ipad)

  • Limey

    it’s a really bag, but too expensive =( (ipad)

  • swati

    Same sentiment as everyone above – nice bag but for this sort of cash i’d rather buy something else.

    Though i can’t help but wonder, how long would it take for the bag to go out of stock on net-a-porter ? because every time i see a bag and think who is going to buy this …. and surprise – its sold out! (ipad)

  • Vitta

    The design reminds of classic French crocodile shoulder bags from the 1960s (one-piece body flap, accordion gussets, leather lining, chain strap). See the new book “Exotic Skin: Alligator and Crocodile Handbags” for similar original bags ca 1960s. Love that VB is inspired by high-end vintage. (ipad)

    Source: “Exotic Skin: Alligator and Crocodile Handbags”

  • Joanna

    Not for me (ipad).

  • CarrieK

    I love everything that Victoria Beckham has put out so far, can’t wait to see her handbags collection to launch! (ipad)

  • Kelly

    Beautiful! but….$14000 are u kidding me…. (ipad)

  • Olivier

    I love the design (it makes me think a bit of Chanel), but the price tag is just outrageous! (ipad)

  • annabelle

    loveeeeeeeee it!!! (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    I actually love the bag! (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    The price is a different matter though (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Better than her designer jeans (ipad)

  • qudz

    wow, if it wasnt for that price tag, that bag would be mine in a heartbeat! Good job v beckham! (ipad)

  • dhen

    that’s a lot of money for a bag…(ipad)

  • Mitch

    too much money for an okay-looking bag (ipad)

  • Christina

    i’d rather by a burkin for that price (ipad)

  • Sue E

    The bag is nice..but why is it so much??? that’s like buying a Hermes which I’d rather buy considering this bag is nothing compared to a Birkin in any color, size or materials (ipad)

  • Jade G

    Very stylish bag! (ipad)

  • Sil

    it’s a gorgeous handbag, but i wouldn’t pay that much money for it.
    i think all of her products, while quite beautiful, tend to be way too expensive.
    (ipad)

  • Chris

    The handbag is nice – the price is ridiculous. I would rather buy a Nancy Gonzalez handbag.
    And I really like Mrs. Beckham. Yes, she is too thin, but other than that, she is ambitious and she takes her job seriously. Her marriage still seems to go strong after all these years and that is definitely not the standard among celebrities.

  • Chris

    ooops, I mean… (iPad)

  • 19yearslater

    That’s a lot of money for a crocodile version of my grandma’s handbag. (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    RHOA they are just hilarious women i will def try to catch for next weeks episode. (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    oops i posted the wrong post on the wrong blog. (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    i like its, but seems as its way to similar to a chanel. (ipad)

  • Jen

    Sleek… But I’m not sure I like it… (ipad)

  • lula

    I actually love this one better than the Chanel 3, or..better than any other triple gusset should bag out there.
    Price-wise..it all depends on the material…20k for a medium croc bag does not surprise me at all.(ipad) :):);)

  • Barb

    Love the bag, love the color. love the material. I just don’t love the price…(Ipad)

  • Tracey Byram

    I’d love to own this bag. I’d also love to look like Victoria Beckham and be married to David Beckham.

  • louch

    Reminds me a lot of Chanel – very classy, understated. In fact, I like it better than Chanel!(Ipad)

  • Ellen

    I really like the simple, clean design, even if I don’t love the bag (I actually prefer the leather and nubuck bag from her collection). While I understand prestige price pointing, I think that it might have been smarter to make this bag around $8000 or $9000. (ipad)

  • mochababe73

    I’d rather have an Hermes. And, I could probably swing a Chanel and Marc Jacobs Stam. For that price I could get the top 3 bags on my wish list.
    This is too much money.
    So much for Victoria stating that she was making her line for the everyday woman. I’m a teacher. I don’t have any friends that would spend that much money on aa handbag.
    (iPad)

  • Dana

    this is such a stylish bag! i am still surprised at how great victoria’s line has turned out to be (ipad)

  • shannon

    beautiful!! simple and classic. I’m impressed! (ipad)

  • Joyce

    Give me a Hermes instead (ipad)

  • Chic ‘n Cheap Living

    I saw this a while ago and while classic and gorgeous, I’d rather spend this on a vintage croc Hermes (ipad)

  • Jess

    I would never pay $14K for that bag. (ipad)

  • Mommy needs a new bag

    I’d like to see the rest of her handbags, any pics? (iPad)

  • Roya

    Actually really liking this bag although think she’ll have a hard time moving it at this price point – which is a shame, because it’s very nice. (iPad)

  • joycee

    I think it’s alright..not tempting enough for me to spend 14000 on it, I can get some nice Chanels/Bals(and practical) with that money! (ipad)

  • Mousse

    I’ll stick with Nancy Gonzalez. Nancy knows how to design with exotics. I just don’t get why someone would pay $14K for a celeb “designed” exotic bag. Good luck Ms. Posh Spice, your price point is not in sync with the real world. (ipad)

  • starqueen_78

    Love it! I really like her line…. i bought her sunglasses and they are great quality. (ipad)

  • Jenn

    sooo cute (ipad)

  • Jenn

    This goes perfect with that little black dress *wink* (ipad)

  • jen

    gorgeous, but not liking the chain choice(ipad)

  • Jenn

    perfect for any party (ipad)

  • Jenn

    I wonder if she’ll come out with a baby bag (ipad)

  • Chells

    I really like it, so I’ll have to keep an eye out and see what Vicky comes up with next. (ipad)

  • hect

    I’m missing a double c somewhere it’s nice that her bags are simple and sober but honestly way to much like the chanel 2.55

  • Elaine

    I really like the subtlety of the crocodile but I don’t really think there will be many takers at that price. (ipad)

  • Marion

    I agree with what you said about the marketing strategy with this bag but I think the price tag is not even close to be warranted. It’s a nice bag but even if I was a millionaire, I wouldn’t spend this kind of money on it. It would at least need some sort of pazazz. (ipad)

  • nick

    Very Chanel looking. (ipad)

  • PurseAdict

    OMG I really love this bag, I love Victoria’s sophisticated and classical style, she designed a pretty good line !! But I think the prices are too high I thought her collection would a bit more affordable but that’s too much of money :( and I agree with who said that they rather get other bags with that much of money … (ipad)

  • Karin bag4bag

    Too simple – have seen it before, have seen classic done with more style.

  • Sim

    Beautiful but too expensive! (ipad)

  • Pam

    If I wanted to spend that much money, I would buy a Hermes.(ipad)

  • Jennifer

    Love it. Well out of my price range, my very pretty. I like it better than the Chanel too! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    wow..expensive (ipad)

  • trisha

    nice design, but don’t you think it’s too much for 14k??

  • Kathy

    not enough pizzazz for the price (ipad)

  • Diane

    design wise – very nice…but too steep a price for it!

  • Diane

    design wise – very nice…but too steep a price for it! (ipad)

  • NC

    gorgeous bag!! (iPad)

  • SS

    Pretty little bag. (ipad)

  • creighbaby

    I am not a fan of this bag, but i do like others in her collection. (ipad)

  • 11

    If I have that much money, I’ll buy a classic Chanel first.

  • 11

    If I have that much money, I’ll buy a classic Chanel first. (IPAD)

  • kim

    def not worth $14k!! (ipad)

  • Michelle

    its a cute purse but not for $14K

  • Michelle

    its a cute purse but not for $14K, no purse is worth $14K (ipad)

  • Sarah

    I just can’t get over the prices for her handbags. Even if I had 14K to spend on a bag, I don’t think I could do it. (ipad)

  • leelee

    I love her, but I don’t love this bag. great marketing decision I suppose, but you can get a Birkin for that price, even less! (ipad)

  • Rebecca

    NO way, lol!! (ipad)

  • Melissa

    There is nothing that screams “14,000 dollars worth” for this bag!! (iPad)

  • rorenchan

    I don’t know.
    The quality looks pretty awful.
    If you look at the close up shot, the stitching is awful.
    http://cache.net-a-porter.com/images/products/105769/105769_cu_l.jpg

  • Stacy

    I love the bag, but the price is ludacris and I dont mean the singer. ;0) (ipad)

  • amy

    it reminds me too much of those extending folders you get at walmart, but made of crocodile and has a chain.

  • chanel angel

    No way ill pay £14k for this bag. Would get a limited edition Chanel bag instead.

  • Jennifer

    I’d rather get a Chanel for that price or Hermes, probably both. (iPad)

  • Engrmom

    If I have 14k laying around I’ll put it away for my children education and go buy a filling case in office depot that look just like it but without a chain. For couple more dollars I can go buy a chain from Jo-Ann fabric and voila. $14k= children scholarship, $30 at office depot= VB purse, priceless.(iPad)

  • Angie

    Nice bag but I rather get other bags it Hermes (iPad)

  • Rae

    horrid little thing! haha

  • helen

    No thank you. (ipad)

  • christine

    its kinda cute, but def not worth 14K! (ipad)

  • Smith

    i like vicky b’s taste. her dresses are darling. but this bag is trying too hard to be a chanel flap bag. (ipad)

  • Andrea

    I’d rather not… She has enough money and should show us something more inspired if she wants to charge that much (ipad)

  • Deborah Curran

    All I think of when I see that price tag is how many people $14,000 could feed. ipad

  • spanish moss

    not good value for the money. (ipad)

  • FashionistaMom

    The quality of the bag is nice, the structure and design is reasonable, but the price is way to high!

  • louise

    Would not pay that much for a Victoria Beckham bag (ipad)

  • Paulina

    I like it! Sleek, streamlined and classic. (iPad)

  • Lilly

    In thirty years time she could be the next coco chanel and maybe then I’d consider buying one. (iPad)

  • LDJ

    Im not crazy for shoulder bags, but I would most definitely carry this one. Especially when its designed by V. Beckham, her purse game is most definitely on point. But $14k? I pass. :) (Ipad)

  • Alicia

    Way too expensive – rather spend that on Hermes products, if I had that kind of $$ to spend :) (ipad)

  • Alicia

    I never thought of her as being the next coco chanel – an interesting (and scary) thought! (ipad)

  • Nasha Sofea

    Why Not If worth buying….But im really like Chanel look more elegant & stylish!

  • Joanna

    I like that it’s simple and classic (iPad)

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    Very plain and not very distinctive. (ipad)

  • Lianne

    Wow. Simple and elegant and no way would I ever pay that much for a purse. (ipad)

  • Candace

    Looks like a (beautiful) cross between a Chanel flap and a Celine Classic Box. I would not pay $14k on it though!!! (ipad)

  • Jsays

    whoa way to expensive for what she is trying to sell.(ipad)

  • Danae

    If money was no issue, I’d think about it. But, eh. (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    u are right Amanda, coz I wouldn’t believe it either that VB has indeed gone this far in fashion.
    we all know her love for croc-skin hermes.. so not a surprise that she decided to make one too..
    but to beat the hermes price? wow.. that is wayyy too ambitious imho.. (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    hope VB will stay true to her products and wear them first hand before any other brands..
    coz i don’t think i’ve seen her in any of her own design..
    hmm.. why not do the “what’s in her bag VB ??” eager to see what she carries.. hehehe (ipad)

  • Antonia

    I like it! (ipad)

  • Rachel

    Very simple and subtle design, but OMG on the price. (ipad)

  • Louisa

    IF I have the money. Why not? (ipad)

  • ellen

    what’s the obsession with snake and crocodile skin? I think it;s terrible
    (ipad)

  • Heidi

    I’d rather spend that kind of money on any other bag(s)..of course this is considering that I have $14,000 to throw around. (ipad)

  • mango

    sexy but the price…good lawd! (ipad)

  • alexis

    id rather spend that amount of money on a Hermes Birkin or Kelly bag!

  • ninjaninja

    VB is coming out with some great stuff (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    She also has some nice dresses (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    She actually wears a lot of her own design (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    I think that’s so refreshing (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    I hate it when celebs endorse products, and you know they would never use it! (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Ha ha ha…(ipad)

  • OY

    I think VB and her business managers failed on this one in attaining any kind of prestige for her brand. It looks like they were too cheap to hire designers and decided to use chain strap like Chanel and crocodile material like Hermes. (ipad)

  • LisRi

    Not too big on the crocodile skin or the chain. (ipad)

  • wendy

    I don’t think this design is very original. (ipad)

  • Beth

    I love that bag. However, I would choose a classic Birken bag if I had to choose. (ipad)

  • Diane Bassette

    Wow..price is unreal (ipad)

  • Kristen

    so, VB thinks she can put herself into the same market at Hermes? That’s just nuts. (ipad)

  • Alexis

    I would rather buy a simple Birkin and a couple of Chanel classic flap bags for that price.