Valentino bags are expensive. And they’re not regular-person expensive, either. Coach bags are the bags that normal people think are expensive; Valentino bags are the bags that normal people don’t even realize exist. Sometimes I wish I was one of those people who never got bit by the fashion bug, but sadly, I’m hooked and that won’t change. Not soon, not ever.
Luckily, Valentino’s diffusion line Red Valentino has started selling several handbags exclusively through Saks, and I think that we can all agree that the Red Valentino Sequin Bow Crossbody would make a pretty good alternative to one of Valentino’s regular four-figure options.
The design of this bag, and the big bow in particular, will be familiar to anyone who follows Valentino accessories, and I expected a similarly familiar price when I first laid eyes on the piece. I assumed that if the bags were going to bear that much of a resemblance at times, then toning down the price too much might send the wrong signals. Either my logic is wrong or the Valentino marketing people are totally undermining their accessories brand, but this bag is priced under $400. I’ll assume that I’m the party in error. Buy through Saks for $395.