Was Valentino the first handbag company to master the leather flower, or are they just so masterful at it that I fail to remember all those that came before? Either way, more companies are giving it a shot, including the folks behind the Isabella Fiore Belle Fleur Alexandria Hobo.

Is it successful? Well, obviously not as much as your average Valentino bag, but it also costs a lot less. Let’s delve a bit deeper, after the jump.

The main problem with this bag is that they didn’t choose the right type of leather to create the texture that they wanted. In order to not get the wrinkly, crinkly finish that we have here, they should have picked something softer, more supple, and also usually more expensive. For a lot of brands that serve a lower price-point, doing flower texture correctly is probably cost-prohibitive.

Other than that, they did ok. The gunmetal color keeps the bag from being too twee, and the lack of external hardware ensures that things are uncluttered and the gathering that creates the flower still takes center stage. Overall, the bag could have been better, but it also could have been a lot worse. Buy through CUSP for $395.

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