This is not the first time we are seeing Valentino using a bow with their handbag design. In fact, I am not finding fault with the bow design, in fact, I am quite a fan of it. However, I actually didn’t even see the bow at first with this bag. Instead I was a tad overwhelmed with all of the studding. We’ve gone back and forth for months now about the use of studding on handbags. Yet, this is the first one that actually stands up and says, “love me or hate me, you WILL notice me”.


Valentino Shiny Nappa Studded Tote
Leave it to Valentino to pull together a handbag with a very noticeable look. The Valenitno Shiny Nappa Studded Tote has a fabulous design which is nothing but lost behind all the studding. I for one am a fan of studding, when done correctly. However, here, it looks as though someone was a bit too stud-gun happy.

I am completely disappointed that such luxurious, creamy and soft leather has been overtaken by mini studs. This handbag would be a knock out if it weren’t for all the studs. Don’t you think? Per usual, Valentino handbags come with a hefty price tag, but the overall design of the bag is timeless and classic. So, if I were looking for an investment piece and was willing to drop big bucks, this bag would be right up my alley if it weren’t for all the studs. Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $2695.

  • jh

    After enlarging the picture I can see why you would say that. The material reminds me of people with nose studs. Still a nice bag.

    Maybe Valentino can give them some advice too.

  • Jane

    I think Bedazzled by that bedazzler gun that used to sell on tv during the 80′s an 90′s.

  • yuki

    Holy crap that’s fugly. It reminds me of enlarged pores or the back side of ferns. *shudders*

  • Paulina

    I like what Yuki and Jane said. Doesn’t even look like studs. I thought it was perforated at first…

  • kemilia

    A good candidate for Biore!

  • bunny

    makes it look cheap. and it’s sad because the leather is so beautiful. i think they shoud’ve made the handles flat dark red, almost black, then studded only the bow with champagne gold studs.

  • MAX

    I think the leather itself does not cost that much but i think people are paying for the studsss. I’m impressed about the bag (not in a good way) why would they have to use that studssss. looking at Balenciaga they use like 8-10 big studs and the bag comes out just beautiful. why Valentino think that put like 100000 mini studs on the bags, and it will be beautiful, and what if they fall out? i have to keep counting the studs if they’re missing jesus that’s a lot of work to do for this bag beside the scary price

  • Jane H.

    It’s probably just me but the bag itself looks like the walrus from the old Alice in Wonderland from Disney!

  • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

    Yeesh, what a craptastic photo of this bag. I saw it in person at a Valentino boutique today and it’s actually kind of cool in person. It wouldn’t be my first choice from their collection, but it’s not as bad as it looks here.

  • Erin

    I like how the studs are placed in a geometric pattern, it works with the shape of the bag, but I agree that there are too many studs there…from a distance it looks like the bag was perforated. I think they could have used one of three design options here: either only stud the edges of the bow, and the straps with about three rows of small studs, or if they wanted to stud the whole thing, they could have used larger studs and fewer of them, or, for the third option, they could have left the bag completely un-studded and simple, to show off the gorgeous leather. I do like the cut of the bag. I’m fond of the Valentino bows. They’re feminine and chic without being “little-girl-ish”.

  • Pandor@

    Studs? From metal? With a bow? From Valentino?….. Puhleez!
    That doesn’t correlate with the image of the brand. Who makes those bags? *sighs*

  • mochababe73

    I am in the minority. I really like this handbag. It’s over the top and just plain fun. However, it looks like it may be heavy.

  • Michael St. James

    only Valentino!
    http://www.bagpoor.com

  • Mikayla

    I actually like this bag with the small studs, but I *would* be worried about some of them falling out. I don’t see how you can call a bag an investment piece, but whatever it takes to justify the price tag. Anyhow, I see your blog doesn’t cover Kate Spade bags, how about a few listing on them, or are they not upscale enough?

  • Beth

    Is anyone else thinking paper towels?

  • Cynthia

    I saw this bag in black at the Valentino boutique… it is TO DIE FOR!! The leather is very thin and suptle and not nearly as heavy as I would have thought. The price though…wow.

    • Bonnie

      yes Cynthia – I too fell in love with this bag walking by the Valentino boutigue – had to go in and fondle it. YUM Yum. I decided couldn’t justify the expense for it but I keep thinking of it, so maybe its meant to be. The white is a yuck, but the black is amazing.

  • Ann

    People with “white bread” personalities will not be able to handle the fashion forward artistry in this handbag.
    People with couture taste will be seen everywhere with this Valentino studded bag!

  • Somaye

    This bag is so cute
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  • Kathryn

    beautiful color! (fb)

  • Adrienne zedella

    what an interesting shape! ingenious! fb