We all have different shopping habits. Some people buy whatever they think they might like and return the things that don’t work out. Others impulse buy on instinct. Still others religiously wait for sales, with the objects of their affections carefully cataloged. I do some combination of the above, depending on the item, its price and where it’s available. I usually have some bag in mind that I’d love to have under the right circumstances, though, and that’s been the Valentino Lock Bag on and off for years.

The Lock Bag has always been my favorite Valentino piece because it toes the line between ladylike and punk the most deftly of all the Rockstud bags. The structured flap style is sophisticated, but the row of big studs down its spine keeps it from being too sweet. Some seasons don’t bring a version of this bag that I want to add to my closet, so it sometimes falls out of the top spot in my personal must-buy rankings, but it’s always near the top.

Right now, this black version with dark hardware totally has my attention. I’m glad Valentino brought back the Rockstud Noir line, because toning down the brightness of the hardware makes the bag seem a little bit more punk than it usually does, which would make it even more at home in my mostly dark-toned wardrobe. This might be the version that finally makes me pull the trigger, and if I had an imaginary $2,500 to spend on a bag, it’d definitely be this one right now. (Okay, so it exceeds that budget a little bit–I can make my coffee at home for a couple weeks to make up the difference.)

If you were to spend $2,500 on a bag right now, which one would it be? Would you max out your budget, or get multiple bags at lower prices? If you and I are on the same page, you can pick up this one for $2,545 via Neiman Marcus.

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