December 7, 2015
By Lauren Bradshaw
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR VALENTINO ROCKSTUD IS THE REAL THINGSHOP VALENTINO ROCKSTUD
The instantly recognizable Valentino Rockstud is not only one of the fashion house’s most iconic looks — it’s also one of our most sought-after styles on The RealReal. “It perfectly merges an edgier aesthetic with the luxe materials and femininity that Valentino is known for,” says Senior Director of Authentication, Graham Wetzbarger. “You don’t have to be a biker chick to wear it — it’s not aggressive.”
Valentino Rockstud’s popularity also means it’s often imitated, which can make it difficult to determine if you have the real thing or a replica. At The RealReal, every Valentino Rockstud item undergoes a thorough authentication process to ensure its credibility. Read on as Wetzbarger shares a few key features to look for before investing in your next Valentino Rockstud piece.
1. The Studs
“The signature Valentino Rockstud will always be a pyramid stud,” says Wetzbarger. “The studs should be the same dimensions and equally spaced — with few exceptions — and have minimal to no gap between the leather and the stud itself. On some handbag models, the outermost studs may have round exposed backs based off the design.”
2. The Exterior Logo
“Unlike other Valentino bags, the exterior logo on a Valentino Rockstud bag is always printed on leather,” Wetzbarger notes. “It will either be printed onto a leather placard that’s stitched onto the bag, or onto the piece itself.” Also, watch for the color of the foil print — it should match the studs, so gold with gold and silver with silver.
3. The Interior Label
Make sure the signature Valentino red tag is centered on the interior of the bag and stitched down on all four sides. The label itself may vary depending on when the bag was made. “Around 2011, Valentino moved ‘Made In Italy’ to underneath ‘Garavani’ on the tag, instead of along the right edge of the tag like it was before,” Wetzbarger says. “While both ways are authentic, its placement should match the production date of the bag.”
4. The Serial Numbers
“Valentino introduced serial numbers over the past few years,” Wetzbarger notes. “They’re often located in the interior pocket of the bag, sewn into the side seam.” And if your serial number tag is a different color from the rest of the bag, it’s not necessarily a red flag. According to Wetzbarger, he’s seen them in black, creme and tan calfhide — often a completely different shade from the bag’s other features. The one material that is a telltale sign? “Patent leather, because it doesn’t stamp well,” says Wetzbarger.
5. The Craftsmanship
“When examining a Valentino Rockstud item, take care to notice the excellent materials and precise stitching,” says Wetzbarger. “For example, with a pair of Rockstud shoes, the interior label should be stitched on all four sides, the counter of the shoe should be in ultrafine suede so it grips to the foot, and the elastic components on the strap should be well-integrated into the piece, not look flimsy or thin.” It’s these small details that set a true Valentino Rockstud item apart from the lookalikes. Check out this video for a more detailed look at the intricate craftsmanship that goes into creating a piece.