Is Valentino by Mario Valentino Real?

is valentino by mario valentino real

This is confusing…

The cute little bag in the picture above has an odd label that says it’s a Valentino, by Mario Valentino.

The price it attractive.

Yet it looks like Celine.

And just who is this Mario??!!

Is it a Valentino or not?

This questions gets asked all the time in our Facebook Group.

Let’s take a closer look.

We are all familiar with Valentino Garavani. Their iconic Rockstud shoes are a must-have in any fashionista’s closet (and a currently on sale in several colors!). However, the bag above is by a different label. It is by Mario Valentino, a completely different designer. Both brands take their roots in Italy and go back to the middle of twentieth century. However, that’s where the similarities stop.

Valentino Garavani is a luxury, coveted label with prices starting around $1000 and rising up to as much as $30K for exclusive couture pieces. Its designs are unique and signature, and can be easily spotted across the room.

Valentino Rockstud Bags

Valentino Garavani on Sale:

Valentino Garavani Spring 2016

Mario Valentino also makes quality accessories, with prices reaching $1000, although almost always on sale for no more than $500. And although the name on the label can seem to be deceiving, it is only half the issue with this brand. The main problem are the copy-cat designs. A Celine-looking bag with a prestigious name like Valentino, for a bargain price of $350 can seem like a great deal, but in reality it is just a gimmick with no real value.

Valentino by Mario Valentino

However, some of Mario Valentino’s designs are uniquely theirs and they are rather great! The bag below is one of my favorites and I wouldn’t mind rocking it no matter what the label says. I would love to see more original ideas from Mario Valentino, and perhaps than it can compete with its namesake, Valentino Garavani.

Mario Valentino Diane Satchel

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  1. January 6, 2017 / 5:46 am

    I find it important to note that the Mario valentino brand was established before valantino giravani and both are very highly regarded, especially overseas where mario valentino is very well established and more renowned than in North America, I'm guessing because he doesn't benefit from the Hollywood market . I actually believe that makes him more appealing because less people can say they have one. I've gotten more compliments on my mario valentino bag than my valentino giravani!

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