Diffusion lines, as a concept, are often an extremely mixed bag. Miu Miu and Marc by Marc Jacobs? Fabulous! Just Cavalli and ZSpoke by Zac Posen? Not as fabulous! Not nearly. Red Valentino’s apparel has been around for a long while, but its handbags are just starting to reach mass retailers for Spring 2011, and thankfully, the first bag that we covered from the collection isn’t the only good one to be found.

I don’t necessarily like all of the line’s offerings as much as I like the Red Valentino Bow Tote, but this bag does a great job of demonstrating exactly why Valentino’s diffusion bags might just work. It takes the parent brand’s aesthetic and streamlines how its presented, and perhaps more importantly, it streamlines the price.

If you had told me that this was one of Valentino’s more basic bags, I would have believed you without question. The north/south tote and large bow detail are both staples of the brand’s handbags, and at least in pictures, the leather looks very similar to the chewy, soft stuff that you’ll find selling for five or six times this bag’s retail price. If you’re a Valentino enthusiast on a budget, you have nowhere else to look. This particular tote also comes in black. Buy through Saks for $450.

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  • Leah

    So excited about this new line – thanks for the update!

  • Mochababe73

    I like the concept of the bag, but it needs some tweaking.
    For example, it’s too big. The strap seems inadequate for the size. I know that it’s defined as a tote. But, the whole point of a tote is to throw it on your shoulder.
    But what I can say that it’s exciting to get a Valentino tote for less than $1000.

    • Shannon

      I agree about the size of the strap. My mom and I are in love with this bag, but that is what is keeping us from purchasing it.

  • 19yearslater

    Yeah, tiny strap and huge bow aren’t working for me.

  • Staci

    The length of the straps is an issue. Otherwise, very cute bag and great price point!

  • Karin bag4bag

    Definitely agree with Mochababe73 about the size of the strap. Even the thickness of the strap is wanting more. If the leather is as soft and supple as you say it is a big pity that you can’t throw it on your shoulder and feel that lovely leather.

  • Joyce

    Cute .. but wish the strap was longer.