As we’ve discussed, python is a bonafide trend for Fall 2011. The recent runways were overwhelmed with every sort of snakeskin you can imagine in every color combination that you could ever want, but sadly, a lot of them were pretty mediocre. Brands seemed to be doing python for python’s sake without much regard for the situations in which the material looks its best, and that’s never more obvious than when you compare those pieces to something like the VBH Villager Python Tote.

VBH is a brand well known for restrained luxury, and every inch of this design typifies that look. The python looks lush and textured instead of the flat, glazed snakeskin that we saw frequently during the fall shows, and the neutral color allows the exotic beauty of the skin to take center stage instead of requiring it to compete with multiple colors and design ideas. But if you want a look this refined, you have to be willing to pay the price – literally.

This bag doesn’t cost as much as an Hermes Birkin, but it gets pretty close. Of course, that price would be for a regular leather bag and this one gives you gobs of gorgeous python, and VBH’s craftsmanship is some of the very best in the business. Is it as good as Hermes? That’s a comparison for someone with more money than me to decide; I’ll just say that this bag, particularly in this color, is a splendid alternative to a Birkin if you’re looking for something a little different and a little slouchier, but still manufactured under exacting quality standards. It also strikes me as unfortunate, if unavoidable, that bags in this price range are automatically compared to Hermes – this design is lovely in its own right. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $5250.

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  • Jan

    Nice bag, but I still can’t see many people buying it at that price…especially since it would creep most of us out to carry around a dead snake…

    • Lulugurl

      I love the style and the colour but carrying python is just ya weird…

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  • AshleyG

    Well, I think this bag is BEYOND gorgeous. In my dreams where I’m uber rich, I would totally buy this bag- because in my dreams, I already own a couple Birkins… *my dreams are such a beautiful place to be :-)*

    *goes back to older post to drool a bit more over Meg’s Birkin…*

  • Jacki

    I like the shape but I don’t like snake either!

  • Amy

    I *love* the design of the bag. It’s beautiful in python, but I’m sure it would be great (and cheaper!) in regular ol’ leather.

  • lucy

    I think its gorgeous in every way, but I like python. Very elegant. It is way pricey, but if it’s compared with what Chanel or Hermes would charge for a python bag, it’s probably in the game.

  • PhotoGirl

    Oh, I love it. Elegant. Ladylike. Classic. If money were no object, I’d buy it right this minute.

  • FallonLatrece

    It’s beautiful, but too pricey for my pockets.

  • belle chan

    What a beautiful classy bag!

  • Merve

    I just cant pay Hermes prices for other bags although i covet a VBH

  • Mochababe73

    I like the bag, but I’m not a real fan of python. It doesn’t creep me out, and I’m not an animal rights fanatic. It’s just like what you said. Everyone has been doing it so wrong that I’m just turned off.
    This bag I would buy if money were no object. And, yeah, I think that it’s unfair to compare it to Hermes which appears, for some, to be the holy grail of handbags.
    Would love to own a VBH, but unfortunately, I can’t afford it. And, I don’t think that I’ve ever seen it in our Neiman’s.

  • rose60610

    VBH has lovely designs and the workmanship is divine. The Neiman’s in Chicago has an extensive selection. From time to time I take little “field trips” there to admire all the bags.

  • Hadley

    I’m very torn about this bag – I am currently crushing on VBH and I love the design of the bag. However, if I’m going to go exotic, I’d prefer crocodile! The color doesn’t strike me either, as I wear black 95% of the time.

  • Cathy Fitz

    Beautiful details that make it obviously high-quality, but not a price I would consider.

  • mulberrytea

    I really love this bag. A few weeks ago I checked out the VBH section at Bergdorf and they are really impressive and well made. Absolutely beyond gorgeous! I would never compare to Hermes though, I think thy are totally different things, both deserving to be admired.

    Now that I have my Chanel classic flap, a python VBH is the next dream bag on my list!