Yves-Saint-Laurent: iconic YSL handbags for women.
Half-way between French elegance and edgy provocation, the collections designed by Yves Saint-Laurent have revolutionised the world of haute couture from the day the fashion house was founded in the late 1960's. Through its ranges of luxury ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, and also jewellery and accessories for men and women, the Paris-based brand reinvents fashion with every new collection.
From the heart of Oran to Parisian catwalks.
The history of French couture house Yves Saint-Laurent boils down to a few key dates: 1961, the man who gave his name to the brand founds the company with his partner, now-famous Pierre Bergé and in 1962 they organise their first fashion show together and enlist the services of graphic designer Cassandre to create the official YSL logo. In 1965, they launch the Mondrian range, which would become a huge success, and just afterwards in 1966 their first boutique opens in Paris. From that moment on, every one of their iconic collections would be a symbol of freedom and travel.
Following the departure of the designer from the couture house bearing his name, first Stefano Pilati, then Hedi Slimane took over as creative director of the brand, using the opportunity to take fashion onto the street. Among the muses who have inspired the designs of the child from Oran, it is worth mentioning Loulou de la Falaise, Betty Catroux and Laetitia Casta. Today YSL is under the masterful stewardship of Anthony Vaccarello, who brings innovation and modernity to the brand. For the last few years, the choice of muses has been as edgy as the world inhabited by the brand’s founder, involving celebrities like Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love.
Whether it is a reissue of an emblematic model or a new design, every single handbag, clutch, backpack and travel bag that carries the YSL brand is ranked as a must-have and all are fully-fledged members of the fashion world's essentials club. Even if leather remains the material of choice for the legendary designer, there are also models in cotton, python, ostrich, and crocodile, but also fur, rabbit, mink, silk and velvet. Metal also makes a regular appearance, especially brass. It goes without saying that the Three-Letter-Acronym behind the reputation of the brand's ranges of leather goods graces each piece with its discreet presence.
Stylish, sophisticated, but above all practical and timeless, YSL handbags are both must-have fashion accessories and loyal day-to-day allies. Of all the iconic models, 3 have caught our attention: