Confession: I don’t watch Mad Men. I know that I should. I know that I’d love it and become utterly and completely obsessed with Joan. I believe all of the people that tell me how great the show is. I have no excuse.

Thankfully, it appears as though Valentino’s accessory designers aren’t as behind the times as I am. Mad Men‘s midcentury style has influenced designers far and wide since the show’s advent in 2007, and with the fourth season set to debut on AMC this Sunday, the show’s fashion caché is unlikely to subside anytime soon.

Fall runways saw a nearly universal embrace of 60s style, including shoes and accessories like the Valentino Jolie Framed Patent Bag. This prim, streamlined handbag would be right at home on Betty Draper’s gloved arm.

This design is a product of an era when women had few social responsibilities beyond their families and appearances. At just an inch deep, Valentino has hardly created an everyday bag for a mom on the go, yet it’s still too big to be used convincingly as a clutch. This is the bag you reach for if you’re truly dedicated to creating a retro look, but for most women, it will still only be a once-in-a-while kind of treat. Buy through Saks for $1895.

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  • ela


  • mochababe73

    You may want to delete some of the spam ads.
    I love the bag and actually saw it open. I don’t know if I could eve fit my Blackberry in it. Just totally impractical for even a night out. However, it is beautiful, and reminds me of the bags my grandmother used to carry to church.

    Psssst…I don’t watch Mad Men either. I have been told that I would love the fashion. Very much my style.

    • We usually delete spam comments as soon as we see them, but sometimes we’re a little slow on weekends or while part of the crew is away from the computer – M&V are in the Bahamas right now!

      • mochababe73

        I’m jealous. I would love to be somewhere tropical right now with a mild climate. It’s just hot here in Texas.

  • Sonya


  • Jac

    Love it!

  • Staci

    Amanda, I don’t watch Mad Men either but am starting to wish I did! I love the 60s styles we’re seeing more of and the clean lines of the Valentino Jolie.

  • angela

    glad to see something other than the ruffles and the bows from Valentino

  • Chris

    Very stylish purse indeed.
    I do not watch Mad Man either. I hardly watch TV, I do not have time for that.
    To get my style lesson, I try to watch White Collar – just to add some completely irrelevant info here. ;-)

  • Emily

    Confession: I’m becoming more and more disappointed with this site because of the lack of updates. This is the last time I will visit it.

  • hal

    wondering if anybody saw the beautiful valentino clutch with beautiful gold birds on it?

  • RubyGlare

    I love it. But even vintage bags are more than 1″…….I guess I am a bag ‘minimalist’, I don’t like lots of unnecessary grommets, studs that can snag, heavy chain handles, etc. It’s possible to get a vinatage handbag for less than $100, it just takes some looking around on Etsy, eCrater, Rubylane, eBay, etc.

  • ashley

    wow, do i hope that it was a little bit bigger, at least in depth, i mean, with the amount of keys that i have i don`t think it`s fir in that cute purse!

  • Ellen

    I love the retro look of this bag. It is not very practical, but it comes from an era where women had much fewer necessities. (ipad)