Several months ago, we brought you news of Fendi's Resort 2016 strap line, and if you missed it, it's more or less exactly what it sounds like: statement-making handbag straps, many embellished or finished with exotic leathers, that customers can add to their existing bags for around $1,000. It now looks like Valentino had the same idea, and at roughly the same price point.
These three straps, all of which retail for $1,045, have popped up for pre-order before Fendi's were able to make it out of the gate, but it looks like they're part of the Spring 2016 collection, based on the projected April 2016 delivery date. With two handbag powerhouses making custom straps, though, it's clear designers think there's a significant market for high-dollar bag accessories. Considering the success of Fendi's $800 Bag Bugs and charms like them, that position is not without significant basis.
After all, for a woman who regularly spend thousands of dollars per bag, what's an extra grand to make a bag her own, or to make a bag from the back of the closet feel brand new again? Or at least that's the attitude these brands are likely hoping consumers will have, anyway, and they do know their customers well. If a thousand dollars weren't a significant amount of money for me, I could easily see myself picking up a special strap to spice up a couple of the neutral bags in my collection, and for plenty of luxury clients, it's not a significant amount.
Now, we'd like to put the question to you: if Fendi, Valentino or one of the other brands that will surely follow them into the strap business made a piece you really liked, could you imagine yourself shelling out for it? If so, check out several of Valentino's below.