Valentino does two very disparate things very well. They somehow manage to make both bags that are elegant in their simplicity and bags that are fabulous in their over-the-top adornment. Those two design philosophies are at opposite ends of the aesthetic spectrum, and their mastery of both makes them one of the most exciting accessories brands on the market right now.

The Valentino Nappa Studded Bow Tote is a bag of the first type, although the swagger and design confidence is indicative of a brand that has all but mastered the second. Excuse me while I drool all over Valentino for another paragraph or two…

Valentino Nappa Studded Bow Tote

It’s just…lovely. And not in an overly twee way, either. The studs and black leather give the bag some toughness, but the oversized sculptural bow provides a nice counterpoint, and the graded size of the studding flows nicely with the bag’s pleated lines. It’s neutral enough to be worn as an everyday bag, but would easily be the best everyday bag that any of your friends have. It’s also prohibitively expensive, but at least Valentino makes bags that are interesting and inventive enough to be sometimes worth the prices. Buy through Saks for $2795.

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  • Jane

    This bag is to die for, the leather looks so touchable, the studs are placed just right, and the sculptural design is truly inspiring. Valentino has done it again!! This bag is truly a piece of art, and oh how I wish I could buy it.

  • Mochababe73

    The Valentino handbag designers are genius. Too bad that I’m a teacher and don’t have any credit cards. I would love to rock this bag.

  • Erin

    Oh my, that’s gorgeous! I love Valentino bags.

    http://itsawanderlustfullife.blogspot.com/

  • Mary

    Valentino bags are so feminine and beautiful…the problem is the price tag!

    http://fashionmemoires.blogspot.com

  • Handbag Lover

    This bag is hot!

  • mga13

    But for that price you will get the most exquisite nappa leather ever! With Valentino, it’s worth the money, believe me.

  • Michael St. James

    Gorgeous bag! Not surprised…it’s Valentino!
    http://www.bagpoor.com

  • MizzJ

    Lovely bag! Valentino is really coming out with some great designs lately. I love how dramatic and yet wearable this bag is. My only wish would be that the bow would be detachable in case you wish to go for an even more subtler look.

    http://highmaintenancewoman.blogspot.com

  • karolynka

    I ADORE THIS BAG – TOO BAD THE PRICE TAG!

  • Karin

    It is stunning… Jaw droppingly beautiful.

  • May Luong

    OOOMMMGGGGG, have to refrain myself from d…., the fusion philosophy is stunning!!! Hat down n bow!!!!

  • atrophia

    I agree, it’s gorgeous.

  • Merve

    She is quite a looker

  • dacs

    I completely agree with you on their design aesthetic.

  • birkel

    very valentino and i have not said this since he left so how wonderfull to see something as beautifull again

  • Ingerid Prebensen

    A lovely bag!

  • danie

    I love how girly valentino bags are even with the rough hardware…amazing!!

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