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Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Italian, b. 1932

The mononymously known Italian designer Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani is renowned for his fashion house of romantic styles and feminine shapes that he founded in Rome in 1960. Beautiful Valentino dressesskirts and other apparel captured the hearts of many of Italy’s wealthiest ladies in the couturier’s early days and led to commissions from Babe Paley, Gloria Guinness, Jayne Wrightsman and others on the international best-dressed list (when it still meant something). They sought out Valentino for gorgeous gownsjackets, elegant daytime wear and even when they needed wedding dresses.

An early fascination with fashion developed when Valentino attended the theater as a child and was dazzled by the evening gowns on stage. While a teenager in Voghera, Lombardy, he studied under Italian designer Ernestina Salvadeo and soon moved to Paris, where he trained at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Valentino spent time apprenticing under haute couturiers Jean Dessès and Guy Laroche, learning how to design and construct high fashion while also thinking about how to strike out on his own.

In 1959, Valentino returned to Italy, and a year later, he opened his own salon, soon joining with longtime professional and personal partner Giancarlo Giammetti. It was located on Rome’s trendy Via Condotti and modeled after the French maisons. One of his earliest clients was Elizabeth Taylor, who discovered Valentino while she was in Rome filming Cleopatra and ordered the white dress that she wore to the premiere of Spartacus.

When the designer launched his first couture line in 1962 with its fiery red colors, it was internationally celebrated, with Valentino soon attiring fashion trendsetters including Princess Margaret and Audrey Hepburn. He formed an especially close friendship with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, for whom he designed numerous dresses. Luxurious drapery with fine needlework, bold uses of color and dramatic flourishes would define Valentino fashion across the decades.

As a fashion house, Valentino is best known for its signature Valentino Red color, though one of its iconic lines is the monochromatic “no colour” collection for which the designer won the Neiman Marcus Award in 1967. (The collection also debuted his trademark “V.”) The white dresses and beige dresses led to a demand for Valentino wedding gowns, with clients including Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Lopez and Anne Hathaway.

Valentino retired from his fashion empire in 2007, with Alessandra Facchinetti and then the duo Maria Grazia Chiuri (who departed in 2016) and Pierpaolo Piccioli succeeding him as creative directors. But Valentino still steps out of retirement for special occasions, such as designing a wedding gown for Princess Madeleine of Sweden in 2013.

Today, the brand offers a range of collections that include the Valentino Garavani line and REDValentino, a diffusion line that is aimed at a younger audience. The house has expanded far beyond women’s haute couture and prêt-à-porter to encompass various lines of accessories, including shoessunglassesscarves and perfume. 

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Designer: Valentino Garavani
Valentino Garavani Vintage Gold Lizard Embossed Mini Bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in London, GB
CONDITION is Good. General wear to bag is evident. Moderate signs of wear to the front and back with holes to the delicate netting overlay on this used Valentino Garavani designer re...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Vintage Black Satin Floral Embellished Mini Bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in London, GB
CONDITION is Very good. Minimal wear to bag is evident. Minimal wear to the satin with plucks to the weave and missing beads to the embellishment on this used Valentino designer resa...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Pink Leather Small Rockstud Trapeze Tote
By Valentino Garavani
Located in London, GB
CONDITION is Good. Minor wear to bag is evident. Light wear to the front, back, sides and lining with marks and abrasions to the leather. The metal hardware shows light tarnishing an...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Blue Leather Medium Rockstud Trapeze Tote
By Valentino Garavani
Located in London, GB
CONDITION is Very good. Minimal wear to Valentino is evident. Minimal wear to the front and back with very light scratches and indents to the leather on this used Valentino designer ...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Grey Leather Medium Glam Lock Flap Bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in London, GB
CONDITION is Good. General wear to bag is evident. Moderate signs of wear to the front, back, lining, base and sides with discoloured marks, scratches and abrasions. The hardware als...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Red Leather Rockstud Shoulder Bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Color: Red Material: Leather Comes with: Shoulder strap Condition: Good. Light marks an d scratched to leather and hardware. Made in Italy Measurements~ Height: 7.5" Length: 15.25" ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

VALENTINO Lace Print 2way Bow Tote 2VAL1226K
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Dix hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: BSB022LVC1 Made In: Italy Measurements: Length: 16" Width: 4" Height: 9" Shoulder Handle Drop: " Handle Drop: 5.5" OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION ( ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Chanel Timeless Classic Jumbo Double Flap
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Rubano, IT
Valentino Garavani's large Rocksud Spike bag, made of soft nappa lambskin, in black with platinum-colored studs and metallics. The bag can be worn cross-body on the shoulder thanks t...
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2010s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valntino Grey Rockstud Mini Bag
By Valentino, Valentino Garavani
Located in London, GB
Expertly crafted by Valentino Garavani, this Mini Grey Rockstud Bag boasts ancient architectural-inspired Rockstud embellishments. This mini bag exudes timeless elegance and impeccab...
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2010s Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Roman Stud Nappa Bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
The Valentino Garavani Roman Stud Nappa Bag is a luxurious and versatile accessory that seamlessly blends sophistication with edgy detailing. Crafted from qu...
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2010s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Silk fabric flowers handbag and green patten leather Valentino Garavani
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Silk fabric flowers and rhinestone handbag and green patten leather. Pink satin lining. One pocket with zip inside . Strap on the top middle with d...
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Early 2000s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

S/S 2000 Valentino Garavani Tan Pony Hair Beaded Lizard Bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Introducing a fabulous tan pony hair shoulder bag by Valentino from the Spring/Summer 2000 collection. This small bag appeared in multiple versions on the season's runway The bag fea...
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Early 2000s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Blue Leather Rockstud Tote Shoulder Bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Rome, Rome
This beautiful Bag will come with a Certificate of Authenticity provided by Entrupy. The certificate will be provided at no further cost VALENTINO GARAVANI 'Rockstud' tote bag. Blue ...
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2010s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Glam Lock Rockstud Shoulder Bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This bag is crafted of smooth leather in dark blue and features a polished bijoux light gold chain shoulder strap and a facing half flap with light gold pyramid-shaped studs decorati...
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2010s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch Bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in London, GB
The Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch Bag is a stunning and versatile accessory that combines edgy style with timeless elegance effortlessly. The bag features Valentino's iconic pyra...
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2010s Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Small Rockstud Grainy Calfskin Crossbody Bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Small Valentino Garavani Rockstud grainy calfskin crossbody bag with platinum-finish metal studs and hardware. Features a studded front handle, adjustable and removable studded shoul...
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2010s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani, Mini glam lock bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
Valentino Garavani, Mini glam lock bag in dusty pink with hardware in gunmetal. Interior and exterior are both in good to very good condition. Small scratches on hardware. Comes with...
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2010s Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Light beige straw, pink leather and organza flowers appliqué Valentino Garavani
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
light beige straw, pink leather and organza& straw flowers appliqués. 3 compartiments : 2 with magnet closure, 1 with zip closure ( and one pocket with zip inside) Gold metal hardwa...
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2010s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani - NEW Stud Sign Wicker Shoulder Bag w/ Removable Strap
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Sanford, FL
Valentino Garavani - New w/ Tags - Stud Sign Wicker Shoulder Bag - Beige, Brown - Handbag Description * Retails: $3,950 * Antique brass finish hardware * Magnetic closure * Removab...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Red patent leather hand-bag Valentino Garavani Numbered
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Red patent leather hand-bag . Red satin lining. Strap in red patent closure and zip underneath with 2 zip-puller. Black top-stitching. 2 compartiments inside separated by a pocket wi...
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2010s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

1990s Valentino Garavani Brown leather Document Holder
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A leather document holder made in Italy by Valentino. It's in very good conditions, probably never used
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Late 20th Century Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Camel My Rockstud Monogram logo print top handle shoulder bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Paris, FR
LOVE LALI Vintage Valentine Garavani trapezoidal style bag crafted in camel fabric that features the V monogram Finished in camel and black leather with gold stud details and hardwa...
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Early 2000s Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Rare VALENTINO Y2K Fur & Leather V Logo Baguette Double Flap Clutch Handbag
By Valentino Garavani, Valentino
Located in Switzerland, CH
Stunning Valentino Double Flap Clutch "Baguette" Bag Made of finest calf fur Leather trimmings Adjustable handle, can be detached Double flap with a total of two compartments Large enamel V logo in front Shiny satin lining in vibrant hot pink One inner pocket From the famous FW 2004 Valentino collection...
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Early 2000s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Roman Stud Medium Quilted - Ginger - Top Handle Shoulder Bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Sanford, FL
Valentino Garavani - New w/ Tags - Roman Stud Medium Quilted - Ginger - Handbag Description Gold-tone hardware. Allover signature Roman Studs. Flat top handle anchored by metal rin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

1980s Valentino Navy Lambskin Envelope Convertible Clutch w Pinstripe Detail
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Gresham, OR
1980s Valentino Navy Lambskin Envelope Convertible Clutch w Pinstripe Detail. Chain cross-body shoulder strap can be tucked in for use as a clutch. Very usable medium size to accomm...
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1980s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Brown Patent Leather Histoire Medium Tote
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
We are offering this stylish Valentino handbag. It is finely crafted of brown patent leather with black contrast stitching around the edges. The bag features braided top handles, fro...
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2010s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Black Beaded Black Fur & Leather Tote Bag Style Handbag
By Valentino, Valentino Garavani
Located in Portland, OR
This incredible Valentino handbag is so exquisite! The bag is completely covered in beautifully beaded fur and it has double leather handles and a leather b...
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Early 2000s European Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani, Minaudière, Evening Bag.
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Perfect condition for this VALENTINO Garavani evening bag. This pink satin bag is embroidered with rhinestones and amethyst beads. The clasp of the bag ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

New Valentino Garavani 2006 Black Jeweled Shoes Sandals 38.5 + Matching Clutch
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Montgomery, TX
New Valentino Garavani Black Jeweled Slingback Sandals with Matching Clutch 2006 Collection Black Satin Sandals Finished with Gold Tone Metal Flower Full of Green Crystals, Heel Heig...
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Early 2000s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani, Black Alligator, Top-Handle Bag, Gold Tone Hardware, 1960s
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Kingston, NY
Valentino Garavani, Black Alligator, Top-Handle Bag, Gold Tone Hardware, 1960s Good condition.
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1960s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani red leather clutch
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Kingston, NY
Valentino Garavani clutch, oxford blood soft leather womens clutch with Valentino felt bag 9.5" x 7"
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Black leather pleated bag with leather pleated bow Valentino Garavani
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Black leather pleated bag with leather pleated bow. Ivory satin lining. Dustbag provided. SIZE 30 cm X 18 cm X 2 cm
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2010s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

1990s Valentino Garavani 'Les Sacs' Black Velvet Beaded 'V' Logo Mini Bag
By Valentino, Valentino Garavani
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting a black velvet and beaded Valentino evening bag. From the 1990s, this beautiful mini evening bag is constructed entirely of black velv...
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1990s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Vintage VALENTINO Garavani Black Bead Pearl Evening Mini Clutch Bag w/ Chain
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage VALENTINO Garavani Black Bead Pearls Rhinestones Evening Mini Clutch Bag w/ Chain Product details: The purse comes with the origina...
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Late 20th Century Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Black Nappa Leather SpikeMe Shoulder Bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Arnhem, NL
Valentino Garavani cross body/shoulder bag/ clutch made of butter soft calf leather with shine pewter toned hardware. The interior is lined with black smooth and soft leather and nex...
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2010s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

VALENTINO metallic gold leather RUFFLED Evening Bag
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Valentino evening bag in metallic light-gold ruffeld calfskin featuring coral stones and crystal embellished frame and closure. Li...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Backpack size Unique
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Leather and technic textile Black color with tone-on-tone camouflage detail Leather shoulder straps Zip closure External zip pocket One internal pocket Cm 26 x 40 x 14 (1023 x 1574 x...
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2010s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Vlogo Baby Blue Pouch With Chain Wallet
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This pouch clutch is made with grained calfskin in baby blue. The bag features gold-tone hardware, a curb chain strap with lanyard clasp fastening at side, Logo hardware at face, ext...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Red Blue Printed Camustars Backpack Multicolor 859828
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Dix hills, NY
Width (inch) : 11.0 inch(approx) Width (cm) : 28 cm(approx) Height (inch) : 16.5 inch(approx) Height (cm) : 42 cm(approx) Depth (inch) : 5.51 inch(approx) Depth (cm) : 14 cm(approx) ...
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20th Century Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Tote Bag in Brown Sequins
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Paris, FR
Valentino tote bag in brown sequins with pink highlights, large flower embossed on one side. Leather handles. Inner lining in light gray silk. Lar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

VALENTINO GARAVANI 'Vavavoom' Bag in Green Python Leather
By Valentino Garavani, Valentino
Located in Paris, FR
Valentino Garavani 'Vavavoom' bag in green grass python leather and pale gold hardware. Worn on shoulder and crossbody. The pretty braided chain measures: 172 cm. It ends with 2 ca...
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2010s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani Nappa Small Roman Stud The Handle Bag Pink
By Valentino Garavani, Valentino
Located in Denver, CO
Condition: This authentic Valentino bag is in great pre-loved condition. There is a faint mark on the front and bottom. Minor hardware scratches. Est. Retail: $3600 Includes: Stra...
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2010s Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Full beaded pearls and sequins pink bag Valentino Garavani Numbered
By Valentino Garavani
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Full beaded pearls and sequins pink bag. Cotton satin lining. Leather hand strap ( = 43 cm ) and removable leather shoulder strap ( = 96 cm) 1 inside pocket with zip and 2 small poc...
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2010s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Vintage Valentino Garavani Navy Zipper and Strap Logo Clutch 1980s
By Valentino Garavani
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Valentino Garavani navy blue logo zipper and strap handle logo clutch from the 1980s. Leather trimmed clutch in navy with logo canva...
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1980s Italian Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses

Valentino Garavani handbags and purses for sale on 1stDibs.

Find an extraordinary range of authentic Valentino Garavani handbags and purses available on 1stDibs. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Christian Louboutin, Tom Ford, and Alexander McQueen appealing. On 1stDibs, find haute couture, vintage and designer Valentino Garavani handbags and purses from top boutiques around the world. Valentino Garavani handbags and purses prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $166 and tops out at $4,960, while the average work can sell for $1,035.
Questions About Valentino Garavani Handbags and Purses
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Valentino Garavani is known mononymously as Valentino. He is the Italian fashion designer and founder of Valentino, a high-fashion luxury brand which makes haute couture and ready-to-wear fashions. On 1stDibs, find a collection of authentic Valentino pieces from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    There are a few tell-tale signs you can look for to determine whether your Valentino handbag is real or fake. Authentic Valentino purses will have the same print in the logo as the rivet color, silver with silver and gold with gold. The inner logo inside of the bag will be centered on a red patch and all four sides will be sewn down. Newer bags will also have a serial number that is often found in an inner pocket. Shop a collection of authentic Valentino purses from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    No, Valentino and Valentino Garavani are not exactly the same. Valentino is the name of an Italian luxury fashion house. The maker offers both couture and ready-to-wear apparel and accessories under the Valentino label. Valentino Garavani is a diffusion brand offered by Valentino. Its focus is mostly on shoes, handbags and small leather goods. Shop a variety of Valentino apparel and accessories on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    The difference between Valentino Garavani and Mario Valentino is that they are two distinct designers who are not affiliated with each other. Valentino Garavani founded the Italian luxury fashion house of Valentino in Rome in 1960. Mario Valentino established his eponymous brand, Mario Valentino, in Naples, Italy, in 1952.

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