When I first laid eyes on the RED Valentino Embroidered Quilted Shoulder Bag, I felt confused. Surely the brand was marked incorrectly; this design has every bit as much detailing as you’d expect from a full-fledged Valentino bag, and it has the same refined, utterly ladylike look. I felt even more confused when I saw the price. Less than $500? How could that be? Then I figured it out – the bag isn’t real leather. But maybe it doesn’t matter, considering all the other stuff we already discussed.
I am a leather person. I don’t spend money on fancy bags and shoes that aren’t real leather. I will never darken the door of the Stella McCartney accessories department. But at the right (reduced) price point, and when a considerable amount of design work has obviously gone into a bag, the case can be made for non-leather, even to me. This bag is beautiful and expensive-looking, much more so than the McCartney bags that sell like hotcakes. If you’re someone who avoids leather for ethical reasons, I doubt there’s a more refined, luxurious handbag choice for you anywhere else on the market right now. Even if you’re not, this bag’s the best argument I’ve seen for paying anything more than Target prices for PVC. Buy through Luisa Via Roma for $476.
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