I believe this Valentino bag is an "oldie but goodie" probably dating back to the 1950's. Garavani Valentino began using his iconic "V" as his trademark some time in the '60's and the different Valentino identification plaque on this bag predates that. Nevertheless, it has all the characteristics of why his name is recognized all over the world as one of the premier designers of the 20th century. It certainly is unusual especially for its time. It is bold, striking, dramatic and yet elegant. It has design features that are "outside the box." It is simply rectangular in shape but that is all that remains simple. The materials used are fabric and leather. Fabric covers most of the bag.. Its background is a very light metallic off white. The metallic here is subtle. The pattern is a series of diamonds created by a grid produced by bold gold tone metallic threads. These thick lines are outlined in black thread. Inside each diamond is a bright purple maltese cross which occupies most of the diamond. It has stitching running throughout. There is a small area of black fabric with metallic lines on the bottom. The pattern is on both sides. The material is extremely soft and has a slight puffiness to it. Beyond creative and beyond wonderful! The pattern is in the style of the art deco period and from a distance resembles a medieval "castle' or "fortress."
The handle is equally unique. It is a series of curved gold tone metal bars that are linked together with alternating large and small rings. There are 6 curved bars. The drop is 8". The closed purse body itself is a bit smaller than the front and back of the bag. The front and back are lined with a soft leather which is supple and smooth. Despite it age, it is obvious that the leather is the highest quality. The actual body of the purse opens and closes with a decorative mechanism which provides entry to the center compartment which is a closed one. It is the same soft leather and has a zippered slip pocket within as well as an open pocket. There is a metal identification panel stating "Valentino Made in Italy." The inside has been used but it is in great condition. On either side of this closed compartment there are two large open compartments lined in leather and black material. There is plenty of room for items in this bag. The measurements are 9 1/2"w x 6"h x 1 3/4". There are no issues with this bag other than age wear especially on the leather, which is really nothing. The metal also shows wear from age but again nothing serious. What a bag! You don't usually see bags of this creativity and quality any more. It should have been a keeper for me but there isn't an inch of space left in my house. Passing it on to someone else who will see its uniqueness and beauty. Valentino, OMG!!!! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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