Is Mario Valentino the same as Valentino and is Valentino Garavani the same as Valentino ? We answer all your questions on the different Valentino lines and iconic products.
There’s a lot of Valentinos out there: you might have heard of Valentino Garavani, Mario Valentino, RED Valentino…so, what is the difference?
Is Valentino Garavani the same as Valentino?
Yes and no.
Valentino Garavani is the full name of the iconic Italian designer, best known by his first name.
Valentino S.p.A. is the designer’s eponymous fashion house, helmed today by Pierpaolo Piccioli and synonymous with Italian glamour, luxury, and timeless romanticism. Read more on Valentino.
Valentino Garavani is the diffusion line under the umbrella of the Italian fashion house, which focuses on handbags, shoes, small leather goods and other accessories for women and men—whereas Valentino (without the Garavani part) is primarily clothing, ready-to-wear, and couture.
Is Mario Valentino the same as Valentino?
Is Mario Valentino the same as Valentino? No!
Mario Valentino is an Italian brand specialized in the production of leather goods and shoes for women and men. The brand was founded in 1952 in Naples, eight years before Valentino Garavani’s fashion house—so, in a way, Mario Valentino is the “original Valentino”.
In July 2019, Valentino filed a lawsuit against MV (Mario Valentino), claiming that “because of their similar names and overlapping goods,” the two companies “experienced issues of consumer confusion”.
The court has prohibited MV from using the logos “V” and “Valentino” together on its products, and enjoined the brand to always include “Mario Valentino” on the inside of bags and on the packaging.
But the legal battle between the two Valentinos rages on…
And what about RED Valentino?
RED Valentino is the Valentino’s contemporary and more accessible-priced diffusion line for women, launched in 2003. Its name is an acronym that stands for Romantic Eccentric Dress.
Tulle, lace, embroidery, bows…RED Valentino incorporates stylistic elements of the main collection with a distinctive contemporary edge.
Read more on RED Valentino.
Now that all confusion is cleared up, let’s take a look at one of Valentino’s most iconic designs: the Rockstud.
The Valentino Rockstud
In 2010, Valentino Garavani introduced the Rockstud pump–a low-heeled shoe featuring a classy pointed toe, leather straps, and punky studs. Bold and versatile, the Rockstud quickly conquered the heart of fashionistas worldwide, earning the title of “It-shoe”.
Instantly recognizable, the Rockstud motif was inspired by the “bugnatos” (bossages) seen on Palazzo-style buildings in Rome, where the fashion house is based.
Today, the Rockstud pump is part of the Valentino Garavani permanent collection and comes in a variety of silhouettes, colors, and heel heights. Since their introduction in 2010, these shoes have gone sold out every season!
Valentino Garavani also offers a range of Rockstud accessories, including bags, wallets, and bracelets.
Valentino bags we love
The latest Valentino Garavani It-bag is the Locò bag–a compact and elongated shoulder bag featuring the VLogo Signature clip closure on the front. Crafted from smooth calfskin, this stylish bag comes in a rainbow of colors: pink, yellow, black, and more.
Versatile and glamorous, the Locò shoulder bag is an expression of the Italian maison’s metropolitan flair, and a must-have this season! Bonus point: it’s available for both women and men.
The Rockstud Spike chain bag is another of Valentino’s iconic designs. This bag was spotted on countless celebrities, from Jessica Alba to Karlie Kloss. The quilted construction is embellished with small studs, and you can choose from an array of hues.
For men, we love the Rockstud Alcove tote bag from SS22–a sturdy, roomy bag crafted in Italy from grainy calfskin, featuring an adjustable and removable shoulder strap.
However, there’s a lot of counterfeits out there, and authenticating items can be tricky. Find out how to spot a fake Valentino.
Or, shop italist.com—we guarantee that you’re buying brand new, in-season, completely authentic luxury goods at the Italian retail price, which is typically lower than retail prices around the world.
We carry the main line Valentino clothing for women and Valentino clothing for men, as well as Valentino Garavani shoes and accessories for women and men, and RED Valentino for women.