I know that the slow/ethical fashion community and luxury bag community doesn't really intersect and that this review is not of interest for the majority of you (and TBH I'm losing interest in having a high-end bag collection myself. I guess slow fashion really has changed my style lol). But since I've had this Valentino Lock bag for quite a number of years, I thought I might as well write a review and put it out there on the interwebs in case someone is considering this bag. For the rest of y'all, please feel free to skip this review and tune back in a couple days when I get back to my regularly scheduled review of ethical items. But for those who do want to know more about the Valentino Lock bag, let me tell you this: don't buy it!
I purchased this bag quite awhile ago to match my Valentino Rockstud shoes (I know, so boring to match my shoes and bag). And for awhile I was happy with the combo. But sadly, unlike the shoes which I still love, the bag has hardly been used and I'm quite out of love with it. And here's why:
- The leather is super delicate and fragile so any sort of graze can scratch the leather. Also resting the bag on anything that protrudes out can indent the leather.
- And at the same time the decorative studs that protrude out of the bag can damage any other bag that's stored in the vicinity of this one (so it's a general pain in the butt to store away in the closet).
- The space inside the bag is tiny! I can barely fit a mid-size wallet in there with my phone. Forget fitting in my bulky keys.
- And because the look is so unique it's never going to be a classic.
So really this bag only looks nice but it's not really functional. If I ever wrote a best and worst luxury bag purchases post, this would definietly be on the worst list.
P.S. I decided to sell this on Fashionphile because 1) it was really selling on ebay and 2) I wanted to be able to write about the experience of consigning with them. So stay tuned for that post!