I’ve never had much of a problem forming an opinion, but for some reason I have yet to make up my mind about the Valentino Aphrodite Satchel. Is it great, or is it ever-so-slightly off? Do all of the elements work together, or does it look like two disparate bags joined into one?

After the jump, I’ve listed the design’s pros and cons and also provided a convenient poll for your voting pleasure.


1. Color and pattern: Lovely! The origin of the print is somewhat indeterminate (although it’s clearly some sort of cat), but the cream and black combination makes the overall effect a bit more ladylike than leopard. For the shape and design of this bag, it was the perfect choice.
2. Scale: The size of the pattern relative to the size of the bag is bold and graphic, just as modern animal print should be.
3. Shape: “Lady scale” bags are the new ish, apparently, and this bag fits fall’s 60s trends perfectly.
4. The Bow: It adds an unexpected twist to the bag and makes the design distinctively Valentino.


1. The Bow: Is it a pro or a con? I can’t decide. This entire poll is really just a referendum on the bow. The color doesn’t appear elsewhere in the design, which is what gives me pause. Does the bow throw you off as well, or does the contrast add something?

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  • An4

    maybe you should see it in person?

    the contrast doesn’t work for me, I’d like to see the bow in the color of the trim. or black.

  • covertanjou

    Without the bow, the bag would be beautiful. With the bow, the bag just does not work for me.

  • pauline

    If the bow were black, this bag would be great. The color is just wrong against the print

  • Laura

    The color of the bow isn’t working, I think black would make it the perfect bag.

  • Amy Beth

    I love it, with the bow.

  • T

    I agree with Amy Beth I love it too! I like the fact that they decided not to go with the typical black bow and chose the tan. It gives you many more options when deciding what shoes to wear. With the whole Mad Man craze it fits in purrfectly!

  • T

    Oops I think it’s Mad Men? Mad man is a state of being!

  • Claire

    Eh, why not have a bow, life is short!

  • Brandy

    Not exactly a big fan of bows to begin with so I hate it. But… it could work if it was black. Or even that taupe color that the rest of the bag is. The tan color just doesn’t fit. But if it was my choice I would at least size it down or get rid of it all together. The print is fantastic though

  • Purse Pixie

    The pattern of the bag is beautiful but I agree that the bow doesn’t work in that color. I think black would make it boring but maybe a darker brown?

  • Noufa

    I agree with An4 the color of the bow should be in black or the same color of the trim .

  • Stacy

    I like the bow but not the color of it. I definitely need to see it in person, luckily I’m going to the Houston galleria this weekend so I may be able to do just that, if they have one o. hand. ;)

    • mochababe73

      I’m from Houston, too. I go to the Galleria almost every weekend, and I haven’t seen this one. Maybe Saks will have it.

      • Kemji

        I’m in Houston too! Galleria area.

  • mochababe73

    I don’t like anything from the beige leather. That part should have been black. The bow should have been eliminated or smaller. But I get where they were going with this. It’s their signature. If the bow were smaller. It’s so overpowering, and I’d rather see the print.

  • JenG

    It’s cute.

  • Fiona-Brasil

    No, no, no!!!Too much information on one bag alone!

  • RMR

    I don’t like it. It looks vulgar.

  • The Designer Bag

    Fully agree that the bow if in black color will make the entire bag looks much more elegant. But in this color with this leather, destroyed the whole presentation

  • Nik

    Yes, that bow is incredibly tacky. Without it, the bag would be sharp.

  • Handbag Collector

    The problem is that they have mixed warm and cool tones in a way that clashes. The bow color needs to be in a tone to match the print better, or, as many have suggested, it should simply be black. Also, perhaps the bow should be fabric rather than leather. I love the shape!

  • urooj

    It would be great minus the bow

  • babe

    I don´t like anything about this bag, sorry!

  • bwfcmadrid

    Took me some time to make my mind up but, overall, it´s a yay from me!

  • Sonya

    I think the bow is great. It’s a little different but change is good!!! Sometimes we need to take it up a notch in life, and get away from the business as usual style and color combos.

    If Valentino made it, that’s good enough for me. He is a Haute Couture designer, that knows how to keep a girl happy and coming back for more!!

  • Kemji

    The bag is actually not bad. Generally, Valentino bags have the same effect on me–I rarely love one at first glance.

  • Jen

    My eyes, my eyes! Someone should put a warning at the top of this entry: “Caution: Do not look at this bag if you’ve just oggled the Jil Sander Manga bag.” Is this a birthday cake or a bag?

  • Margherita

    OMG! Noooo

  • Tbird Trading

    The bow gives this bag a decidedly 50s feel…..Its the wearer that will pull this bag together and if she does …watch out.

  • Nee

    oh my! i love this bag!! man, if it wasnt for that price i would be all over this bag! gorgeous!

  • Valentina

    I loved it. Took me 20 seconds. If this bag was “narrated to me” , I would imagine something hideous, because it has things you wouldn’t normally want to mix. But it totally works for me.

  • bagaddict

    I agree that the bow wouldve been better if it were black and as for the cat i’m thinking either an ocelot (pttern only) or the clouded leopard, fyi peeps

  • merve

    No to Bow

  • gacats

    It looks like component of 2 separate bags, and not in a good way. I wonder if cutting the size of the bow would have helped? (fb)

  • t-girl

    The bow makes it look so 1980-ish. Maybe carry this bag with a shoulder-padded jacket and the high-gelled & hairsprayed mane. I enjoyed that era growing up but do not really want to revisit it again in a handbag. Sorry.

  • Darlis Lamb

    I like Valentino bows and the bag. The color of the bow is not quite right for the bag, and the pattern of the bag is a bit large for the bow, thus a conflict between the two. Seeing the actual bag might help.

  • rosann

    I am loving this bag. I think it is attention getting and more of a snow leopard which is really unique instead of the standard run of the mill leopard pattern. Odd color of bow is more attention getting even though black would work as well. I think this bag will draw tons of compliments the way it is and we ladies love when other ladies envy our bags. Gotta have this one.

  • Jac

    I love this bag, personally I think the ultra feminine bow and the more aggressive but still beautiful leopard print are a great combo.

  • Olga

    I never thought I’d say this about anything Valentino.. but EW!

  • Bagolicious

    It works, but I think the “size” of the bow is overkill.

  • FlowerFedora

    I usually like Valentino bags but I have to say that this one… Isn’t my cup of tea…

    I see that Valentino tried to make this bag look a lot lady like with the soft colors and the simple shape, but I just cant see it…
    The Cat print and the old fashioned pink I like. They give a classy vibe from a print which isn’t really usually referred as classy.

    The big problem is the bow. It feels like the bow is being forced into the bag ! The colors does not blend in and the large bow just feel so… childish ! I hate to say that but that is my opinion. And the sad thing is that the bow IS Valentinos sort of trademark !

  • Tiffany

    nope..not a fan of this one

  • B. R. Miller

    I think I like it, surprisingly. But I would need to see it in person to tell if the top bit really works or not.


    I love Valentino’s fun but this bag missed it mark… there is to much going on..

    It either needs to loss the bow or the animal print both just do not work…

  • Cece

    I like the bow, but I just can’t get pass the fact it’s leather…. maybe if it were in Silk, or something more soft, it will be nice contrast…I mean, the “animal print“ it’s already strong on its own…

  • Tracey G

    not liking the bow (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    pass on the bow (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love the color of the bow but pass for me (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    yuck to the bow (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    way too much going on w/ the bow (ipad)

  • stephyy

    LOVE IT NEVER SEE ANYHTING LIKE IT look great with a classic burberry trench

  • AW

    I love the shape of the bag and the leopard print but for some reason, the beige leather bow color seems a bit off. Not sure what other color they could have used but it feels like a blob