Some bags aren’t that hard to evaluate online – either they’re pretty straightforward, or the brand does things similarly enough from season to season that there are rarely surprises in construction or materials. For instance, I feel comfortable passing judgment on a Gucci bag without seeing it in person; I’ve seen enough of them in my life to be able to extrapolate information from those experiences. The same goes for Louis Vuitton.

Valentino, however, is one brand with which I’m not quite so comfortable making those same calls. Their bags are so intricate and tactile that their actual visages are often not faithful to handbag portraiture, and seeing and feeling them in person is always preferable. Thankfully, I’ve gotten the chance to do just that with the Valentino Laceland Tote.

Valentino Laceland Tote

I can say will full confidence that pictures do not do this bag justice. It’s not my favorite Valentino ever, and it has its faults, but the laser-cut leather lace is something to behold in person. I found it endlessly impressive that they managed to take a material that is thick and tough by nature and cut it so precisely and intricately that it actually does approximate the effect of lace.

The cuts are absolutely tiny and so numerous that the bag probably won’t be very durable, and I can’t say that I entirely enjoy the way it’s layered on to the bag’s body in sheets (I also don’t really enjoy the scrunchy handle), but the leather-lace is so impressive in person that my impression of the bag was still, overall, favorable. If you get the chance, you simply have to see one up close. Buy through Valentino for #3495.

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  • 19yearslater

    That looks like something I would have liked from Wal*Mart in middle school. No, thanks.

  • Chris

    Well, it is a fun bag (when you have many handbags already), perhaps a handbag for an afternoon tea? With the right outfit, e.g. a very simple gray dress it might actually work.
    Anyway, I do not have the money for expensive fun bags.

  • enid p.

    CUTE! makes me think of easter dresses…

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Me too!!

  • Rashmi

    Perhaps I would have liked this bag if it did not have the third bottom layer but if the middle part came all the way down thus making it a two layer bag. I think THAT would have made it look chic.

  • mochababe73

    I love this bag. It’s very feminine, girly, and different. A bag that you won’t see yourself comin and going in. If I had the funds, I would buy it.

  • MizzJ

    Valentino continues to impress with their innovative, artistic bags. Versace take note!
    http://highmaintenancewoman.blogspot.com

  • Tawnee

    I do like the bag but there is no way I’m paying that much for it.

  • Jane

    I agree it reminds me of Easter dresses because I always think about my Grandma and her endless supply of lace. I like this bag because it is so daring however, I wish they were more careful when creating this bag and did more editing. I would like the bag more if there were one layer of lace and the rest of the bag was quiet.

  • Terri

    What’s wrong with Easter dress memories? I like it and if it gives me a sense memory of my childhood so be it!

  • morebags

    Technically, the bag is genius. As a package, the bag doesn’t really work for me. Way too much happening.

  • Anna

    The thing about Valentino bags is that you have to see them in person. In person most bags are absolutely stunning.
    Take for example, the Houndtooth fleur bag here.
    http://www.purseblog.com/satchels/valentino-houndstooth-fleur-bag.html
    I loved it and bought it. In person it absolutely gorgeous.
    BTW, it was sold out within 24 hours at Nordies during their presale, so I’m saving my judgement on the Laceland tote till I see the above lace bag in person.

  • MishiGurl

    I know Nordstrom is getting it. I already put one on reserve :) Can’t wait to get it

  • Mrs. T, thebaghagdiaries.com

    i love this bag. I am getting it because it is a technical achievement. Not so much the style though. But still, it’s a bag worth keeping!

  • Elyse

    that cutout leather is amazing – and so gorgeous. I’ve never seen anything like it (fb)

  • Adrienne zedella

    very pretty! fb

  • April

    Great design but the color is ugly.

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