If you love the Valentino aesthetic but can’t justify shelling out two grand (or far more) for one of their plush, ladylike bags full of bows, ruffles and flowers, I may have a viable alternative for you.

The Villador Carpetto Bow Bag has a couple of Valentino’s most obvious signatures – drool-worthy leather and an oversized bow placed proudly for all to see – without being a ripoff. It’ll also run you about half of what Valentino’s most basic bags usually cost, and who can’t get behind that?

I don’t love the seaming around the edges of the leather “ribbon” (I think it looks a bit cheap, in fact), but I’m willing to overlook it because the leather itself, which is goatskin, looks so soft and touchable.

Other than the bow and the texture, the structure and color remind me a lot of another designer – Chloe. It has a boho feel and attitude to it, and the slouchy look is perfect to wear with boyfriend jeans or a flowing sundress. Buy through Luisa Via Roma for $1054.

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  • cge

    Very pretty bag. And the leather looks so soft. I actually like this bow treatment better than the Valentino ones, but I think bows on bags have a very limited longevity. This trend will probably end soon.

    • darlene


  • MaryJane

    I have to say, I don’t love this bag. I think it looks kind of sloppy.

  • mochababe73

    I don’t like the bag. It should have a little more structure and allow the bow to be unstructured as it now. I agree with MaryJane. It does look a little sloppy.

  • Jane

    I really like this bag.

  • MAX

    The price and the leather are reasonable but there’s something about it that I don’t like, but I don’t know what it is, the color maybe?

  • Maria

    I think it is very cute. I’ve always liked the bow bags from Valentino & YSL.

  • Jami

    I think this bag is just to cute!! I’d def like to carry this. I would just be afraid the bow would get out of shape.

  • Leslie

    I like this bag, I always love bows. I think the leather looks really soft and squishy. I do wish it came in other colours though.


  • otter

    I like it.

  • Linda

    Would have prefered they did the bag in a longer strap so that it can be beautifully worn on the shoulder and I wish they had chosen lambskin instead of goat! Right on with color – for all year

  • ShoeQueen1961


  • chloehandbags

    It’s really lovely. :)

    …and you’re right, it is a bit Chloe-like, too.

    Just wish it had a long strap, rather than short handles.


    Why does Valentino insist on adding bows and flowers to everything..

  • molly

    hello :-)
    the bag is amaizing… is very confortable . live in L.A and i saw it on gessica alba… lovely!!!

    i need bow bag, but at the moment you can buy only on waithing list… ops!!!
    somebody can help me!!????


  • Elyse

    valentino does it better (fb)

  • Joy

    ITS GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WOW… so many things i want :/