12 Timeless Saint Laurent Bags to Invest in This Season

A necessity for any luxury-lover’s closet.
Last Updated
Nov 11, 2022

No designer bag collection is complete without a YSL purse. The French fashion house produces some of the most enduring silhouettes that can transform even the most casual outfit into an elevated ensemble. Creative director Anthony Vaccarello ensures that Saint Laurent bags retain their contemporary relevance. New additions to the line, like the Kaia and Le Maillon bags, fuse heritage aesthetics with modern appeal.

Whether you have a wardrobe full of high-end bags or are saving for your first-ever luxury piece, our guide to the best YSL bags of the season has something to suit every style and budget. From the never-out-of-fashion Sunset to instantly recognizable pieces like the LouLou, there’s a dream bag to land at the top of your wish list. Keep reading for everything you need to know about YSL bags and the silhouettes to watch.

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1. The Le Maillon YSL Bag

Le Maillon is Saint Laurent’s newest bag collection with understated sophistication. The line consists of polished pieces that scream luxury but in a muted way. The signature gold chain hardware makes the collection practical and stylish and takes its name from the French word for link. And here's the thing: you can bet it will "link" all your outfits together. The bag is available in a range of hues and silhouettes, but our favorite style is the leather shoulder bag in a smooth neutral. It’s the most versatile of the bunch that’s casual enough for brunch, but also means business when heading to the office. 

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The LouLou YSL Bag

Named after LouLou de la Falaise, Yves Saint Laurent’s close friend and muse for more than three decades, the LouLou is one of the most beloved bags in Saint Laurent’s arsenal. Its hallmarks are its soft but boxy structure, front flap closure, and quilted chevron finish. Having become a staple of Saint Laurent’s accessories offerings, the LouLou is now available in more sizes, ranging from a small over-the-shoulder bag to one that’s oversized enough to carry more than your essentials. 

For first-time buyers, we recommend starting with the classic YSL Puffer medium bag in black or gray. It’s a rare example of a bag that can work for any occasion and with any ensemble, no matter the season or era. For a seasonal twist, why not wear the LouLou in a soft leather finish or in a fall/winter hue like orange suede?

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The Lou YSL Bag

The simple Lou bag is every minimalist fashionista’s best friend. Modeled after a camera bag, the Lou has a soft yet boxy structure, plus practical details like an exposed zipper fastening and adjustable shoulder strap. As a nod to the LouLou, this bag most commonly features a chevron-quilted upper. The Lou has been presented in almost every colorway imaginable over the years. 

If you’re looking for a timeless everyday bag, the Lou in black or cream leather with gold-tone hardware is a perfect choice. Although it’s an understated designer bag by nature, luxe finishes like burgundy and suede elevate it—and any outfit you wear.

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The Kate YSL Bags

The Kate is one of Saint Laurent’s most recognizable, and most glamorous, bags. An ever-elegant choice to accompany eveningwear, the Kate has a compact, wallet-like interior, and a thin chain shoulder strap. In most cases, the strap can be detached to transform this sleek bag into a clutch. One of the most striking features of the Kate bag is its delicate chain tassel which hangs below the signature YSL emblem and swishes gently with every movement. This bag is our go-to nighttime accessory and we gravitate toward its fancier fabrics and opulent jewel tones. 

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The Niki YSL Bag

The slouchy shape of Saint Laurent's Niki bag makes it the top choice for high-low style. It can be worn with casual and more put-together outfits without ever looking out of place. The preferred finish is supple, ever-so-slightly distressed leather, which gives it a bit of a vintage feel. It also features an edgy chain-link strap, a foldover flap, and a tonal YSL emblem on the front. 

In its signature form, the Niki is a happy medium: a roomy bag with more than enough space for your everyday necessities and more. But fans of its rock ’n’ roll aesthetic will be pleased to know it also comes in compact shoulder and large tote forms.

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The Sunset YSL Handbag

Saint Laurent’s sleek Sunset bag is the epitome of refinement. It has a double interior compartment, so if you love to keep things organized, this is the bag for you. Its sturdy square construction gives the Sunset a professional finish that’s further complemented by opulent buffed matte leather or glossy mock crocodile leather finishes. Other high-end touches: the detachable branded leather tag, YSL insignia, and chain strap.

It’s popular in black, red, annd white with gold-tone hardware. Wear this with an all-black or all-white outfit to be the envy of minimalists everywhere.

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The YSL Tote

Saint Laurent’s humble totes will never go out of style. Each style is a tried and true essential, from the new Icare shopping bag to the shopper tote to the iconic Rive Gauche iteration. They carry more than a phone, wallet, and keys—think your laptop, change of shoes, and even a jacket for when temperatures drop. More than practical and spacious, large bags are becoming more coveted as they have been seen recently on the runway. So, put your mini bags away and look ahead to these fashion-forward options that pair with everything from denim and a T-shirt to business-casual workwear.

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The Solferino YSL Bag

The Solferino bag, a newer addition to the Saint Laurent house, takes some direction from the traditional satchel with its boxy, functional design. It has an understated exterior, its foldover flap fastened by a large YSL logo plaque. The adjustable shoulder strap features matching gold-tone hardware. Its three interior compartments make this a go-to day bag, whether you’re headed to the office or out running errands. 

Like many Saint Laurent bags before it, the Solferino’s initial offering is limited to classic black, red, and white leather. Small and medium are the current size options. We’ll be adding the iteration in green with smooth leather edges to our holiday wish list.

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The Cassandra YSL Bag

The Cassandra is prim, proper, and always polished. The silhouette is distinguished by a square shape, clasp closure, and envelop flap. A top handle adds flair and allows you to carry it by hand or over the shoulder. The bag is named after Adolphe Mouron Cassandre, the artist who created the iconic YSL logo, and features the hardware prominently. Wear it to the office or an afternoon high tea. We like it best in a neutral or dazzling croc-effect finish.

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Le Carré

Most Saint Laurent bags boast the signature YSL emblem across the front, but if you like your designer accessories on the understated side, the Le Carré is for you. This satchel-inspired bag is a contemporary classic that’s ideal for everyday wear. It has a roomy interior compartment and a zipped pocket, as well as an adjustable strap that allows you to style it over the shoulder or crossbody. In place of the YSL logo is a square clip fastening engraved with Saint Laurent text.

For a bag style that can form part of your core closet for years to come, nothing beats the Le Carré in buffed black or white leather. The simplicity of the bag also lends itself well to textures.

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The Manhattan YSL Bag

This bag is understated and subtle—and to the untrained eye, hardly identifiable as Saint Laurant. Each Manhattan piece has a boxy shape and adjustable shoulder strap. It has a click-flap closure that binds the bag shut or can be left open for that model-off-duty look. Pick it up in a neutral and carry it on all your errand runs and office adventures. Your outfits will be instantly elevated. 

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The Envelope YSL Bag​

It’s hard to think of a YSL bag without immediately picturing the Envelope. This bag is as versatile as it gets, its silhouette taking the form of a slimline shoulder bag, clutch, or wristlet. Because it’s ultracompact, the Envelope works best as an evening bag or for occasions when one only needs to carry the bare essentials. 

The most commonly seen version of the Envelope is the wallet bag, with chevron quilting, a metal YSL logo, and a curb chain strap or detachable leather wristlet. If you like the simplicity of this bag but prefer a more high-end finish, the small quilted Envelope is an excellent option. Its upper combines chevron, diamond, and vertical quilted finishes, and there’s a logo plaque at the center and a bonus patch pocket on the back.

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