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About Saint Laurent Bags
Yves Saint Laurent founded his fashion house in 1961 as a house of haute couture. The Parisian designer previously spent time at Dior, where he was creative director. In 1966, he introduced his own ready-to-wear line, Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, and revolutionised modern fashion. Known for blurring the lines between men's and women's fashion, he took traditionally masculine items and reworked them to create his own take on womenswear. The Le Smoking, a sharp, tailored black tuxedo, remains one of Saint Laurent's most iconic creations.
Designers Alber Elbaz and Tom Ford have had their turn at leading the label, but Hedi Slimane's run as creative director is particularly noteworthy. He made the controversial decision of rebranding the label and dropping 'Yves' from its name. Now, Saint Laurent is known for its edgy glamour and cool, youthful look. Anthony Vaccarello took over as creative director in 2016, and continues to stay true to the brand's philosophy of working with pieces traditionally regarded as menswear. He envisions Saint Laurent as a house for women of all ages and colours, that makes women feel empowered and free.
The iconic YSL logo has made the brand's bags very coveted. Some of Saint Laurent's best-selling styles include the Sac de Jour, Envelope Chain Wallet and the Kate bag. Anthony Vaccarello launched the new Vicky bags in the #YSL15 campaign for Fall 2018. The quilted leather bags adorned with the YSL logo come in both patent and normal leather.
Exterior Material (monogram, stitching)
The edges of an authentic Saint Laurent bag should be consistently finished. Stitching should be perfectly aligned – any signs of loose threads, double stitching or similar inferior quality is an immediate red flag.
Exterior Hardware (studs, zippers, clasps)
For the YSL logo hardware, pay attention to the font and where the letters overlap. The Y’s left arm — thicker than the right — sits beneath the S, while the right arm is above. The S then swoops behind the bottom half of the Y, overlaps the L and tucks behind it. Do take note that the slope of the L starts wider at the top and narrows as it hits the horizontal leg. The S will also change weight at its middle.
Larger snaps will be marked Saint Laurent Paris, but grommets and small snap closures on wallets will not. Saint Laurent zippers also have a signature bend as they have a crimp at the base. These zippers can also be found on YSL jackets.
Check the lining to make sure it’s a black textile with leather trim. At the interior, the leather will be glued to a textile lining to create a seamless transition. On a wallet-on-chain, each card slot should be functional and have a base. Sometimes on counterfeits, the card slots will be slits and the cards will fall through.
Leather Tag & Serial Number
At the base of the flap, or tucked behind a pocket wall, an unfoiled blind stamp can be found. The blind stamp will say ‘Made in Italy,’ with the style and art number below. The 6-digit style number and the 4 to 5-digit art number, should match the accompanying bag tag if present. You can also confirm the style number by searching online — under ‘More Details’ on the Saint Laurent website. More recent iterations of Saint Laurent bags will feature a prefix and dot before the style and art number, while older bags will only include the style and art number.
|Leather Used||About Leather||How to Care|
|Calfskin Leather||Available in smooth and quilted iterations, Saint Laurent's calfskin leather is soft to the touch. It is generally durable, but can still be susceptible to scratches, so handle with care.||Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, artificial light and moisture. Store in dustbag when not in use.|
|Embossed Leather||Made of calfskin leather, YSL bags are embossed to have a grained texture, or to have the look of crocodile leather.||Use a damp cotton cloth to remove dirt from this type of leather. Do not allow excessive moisture. Once dry, the bag can be greased with cream, wax, or other product designed for calfskin leather. Keep away from excessive exposure to sunlight and other materials to avoid the risk of discoloration. Store in dustbag when not in use.|
|Crinkled Calfskin||Most commonly seen on their Niki bags, crinkled leather has an aged, vintage look to it that's great if you want a bag that doesn't show scratches and blemishes easily.||Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, artificial light and moisture. Store in dustbag when not in use.|
|Lambskin Leather||Soft and smooth to the touch, bags made from lambskin have a particularly luxurious appearance. They are treated as little as possible to preserve their natural suppleness. However, they are more susceptible to scratches and require extra care.||To reduce the appearance of scratch marks on lambskin leather, rub in a circular motion with a soft, dry cloth. Store in dustbag when not in use.|
What is the most popular YSL bag?
The "YSL" monogram is iconic to the brand, and bags that feature this logo plate tend to be the more popular ones, like the Kate series!
Is YSL and Saint Laurent the same?
Yes, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) and Saint Laurent are the same. The luxury house rebranded their ready-to-wear line to "Saint Laurent" sometime in 2012, but the company's official name remains as YSL.
Do Saint Laurent bags hold their value?
It depends which model you are looking for. Classic styles tend to hold their value better than seasonal pieces.
Why is Saint Laurent so expensive?
The craftsmanship and quality of the product is one reason why Saint Laurent bags often come with a premium price tag.