You know, when it comes to handbags and the reviews we do here on PurseBlog, we can be all over the place. Sometimes we (me, Megs, Amanda and Anna) can be in complete agreement and other times we don’t see eye to eye at all. This all makes sense, of course, because, well, we all have different likes and dislikes. (I know, I am stating the obvious here, just bare with me.)

However, I feel as though we tend to be most polar on our view points with some of the big time designers, like Valentino. But, when it comes to Valentino, Amanda said it best in her review of the Valentino Laceland Tote when she said is not completely comfortable claiming she loves or hates a given Valentino creation. I feel the same exact way.


So, as I sit here contemplating how I feel about the Valentino Rouches Napa Hobo, I also wonder not only what my fellow PurseBlog writers think but also what you all think about this bag. There is a large part of me that really wants to like the bag, but there is a nagging part of me that thinks it is nothing more than heinous. So, let’s break it down.

No matter what the state of the economy is, there is something to be said for possessing one of the big name brand bags – which Valentino is a part of. The leather itself is downright gorgeous. It is supple, beautiful and flawless. As a hobo, the dimensions are pretty much spot on: 13 1/2″H x 15″W x 8 1/2″D with a 5″ shoulder drop. I wish the drop was a bit larger, but I won’t make that a point of extreme discussion. I love satin lining, so the fact that this bag is lined with black satin, I obviously like it a bit more. Yet again, is that enough to make or break a decision – no.

The ruffles. The ruffles have me on the fence. When I think about really tapping into my feminine side, I like the ruffles. When I think about how borderline gaudy the bag looks, I hate the ruffles. But that is the thing. The ruffles are *supposed* to help the bag stand out; they are supposed to make the bag unique and one-of-a-kind.

Finally, the price. Yes, this is Valentino and yes the prices tend to be a bit inflated compared to the rest of the handbag market. However, would you throw down almost $2600 for this ruffled, leather, hobo? The price is what is making me quiver. If the bag was cheaper, I would go out on a ledge and buy it. I need a statement piece and frankly, this bag is exactly that – a statement. But with everything being said, does this bag make so much of a statement that you would be willing to throw down big time bucks? If so, buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $2595.

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  • cge

    I don’t love this bag. With such a short shoulder strap, I think most people would find it uncomfortable to carry (the ruffles would literally be under your arm). Too much going on here.

  • mynewbag

    I do love it, I would buy it, but not at that price.
    There are some things in this economy that
    required more stringent choices.
    Would pay about $1000, and I know everyone will think
    that is too cheap, but I choose to spend more than that
    on other brands, like saving for Chanel or Hermes.

  • carrie

    I love some of the bags, not this one though.

  • Deb

    I don’t care for this bag on a lot of levels. If I’m going to shell out 2 grand plus on a bag – I want something I can get a lot of use out of. This looks like it would not hold up to daily use. Secondly, with the shoulder strap – wouldn’t carrying the bag that way result in all of these ruffles getting crushed?

    I vote no on this one!

  • An4

    looks like an overpriced chandelier.

  • Lianne

    Thumbs down. On a small party purse, I do like ruffles (and glitter and other girly stuff), but a hobo that size and colour is obviously intended for everyday use, and the ruffles would get annoying very quickly, even if they are only on one side (if they’re on both, forget it. Can’t put it over the shoulder with ruffles squashed against you).

    Mind you, for everyday bags, I prefer clean, simple lines, and this is anything but.

  • mochababe73

    Thumbs down. It’s not practical with that short shoulder strap. That makes it an armpit bag. Who wants ruffles tickling their pits while they’re carrying on in their daily lives.

    Just too much going on.

  • 19yearslater

    It reminds me of the losing dress on Project Runway last week or a couple of weeks ago. Either way, I’m not liking the way those ruffles work.

  • Aru

    There is just one name for me …this bag means..

    L O V E

  • Jane

    You know, I am so on the fence about this bag. The price is way too expensive for me, but the leather looks so amazing maybe its worth that much. I WISH I could see this bag in person and on my arm. I need to hold off on final judgment until I see it in person. I think it might be one of those bags that is so fantastic that it takes awhile for your brain to process.

  • dubi

    Similar to my prada ruffle bag…this one has more ruffle. I like and would buy…would prefer if it was a bit cheaper.

  • starqueen_78

    Ummmmm – i want to like it and yet i don’t. It looks to much like a puff ball to me.

  • MAX

    Hahah $2500 for this bag. Big Thumb Down from me.

  • James

    I am a big fan of Valentino. I think I need to see this one in person though. It kind of reminds me of a cross between a Sandra Roberts bag on Viagra and a baby girl’s ruffled diaper cover. They definitely short changed us with the strap.

  • SuzyZ

    This Valentino bag is little TOO Valentino. Never went for ruffles, except maybe the potato chips.

  • Karin bag4bag

    I like the ruffles, BUT agree that it needs a longer shoulder strap. I would like this bag if it was smaller as an evening bag. Lining is important, so hooray for the black satin. Can’t stand opening a bag to find that the designer skimped on interior quality.

  • Brandy Nitch

    I really do like this bag. It’s fun and fresh.

  • PhotoGirl

    I love it. The price makes it out of the question, of course, but I think it’s beautiful just the same.

  • Pat

    Valentino has lost his way, at least in handbag designs. When they can be spotted a mile away for their repetitive excess, it’s time to find a new designer for the bags. This one is only marginally better than the many flower and bows bags that have carried the Valentino name the last several years.

    I can’t take these bags seriously.

  • ShoeQueen1961

    What in the world? Very disappointing for such a great Couturier …

  • Linda

    At $2600 I would rather splurge on a classic Chanel lambskin or BV!

  • Ms.A

    I really love it especially the color :) :)

  • dc

    its like a rose;i love it but doesn’t like it color,but its still look beautifil….;(fb)

  • Posh

    VALENTINO IS SO CLASSY!

    (FB)

  • Elyse

    ugh. I hope I never see anyone carrying this bag (fb)

  • Kathryn

    so feminine, i love it! (fb)

  • Adrienne zedella

    looks like it would be hard to clean. keep out of dusty places fer sure! fb

  • Joy

    pretty ;D
    (fb)

  • April

    Reminds me of the swimming caps worn in the 1960′s.

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