Prediction: Everyone Will Want This Designer Bag in 2022

Saint Laurent Bags: @juliesfi with a green Saint Laurent bag

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As far as we're concerned, no designer handbag collection is complete without the addition of a Saint Laurent bag. We believe them to be just as classic as Chanel, Hermès, Celine and Dior, and we think they deserve to be given just as much consideration if you're fortunate enough to be contemplating a new designer handbag purchase. 

Founded in 1961, the French fashion house's designs tapped into the utilitarianism which was embraced by many designers at the time by way of tailoring and heavier fabrications. Although they never served as a primary focus of the brand's founder, Yves Saint Laurent, the bags he designed were approached with the same goal: to create items of quality, practicality and longevity.

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Today, under the creative direction of Anthony Vaccarello, Saint Laurent bags remain some of the most versatile you can find on the designer-arm-candy circuit. Signatures include simple, structured silhouettes; materials such as suede and shearling; and techniques such as quilting to add softness. It's this refined aesthetic that bestows Saint Laurent bags their everlasting appeal—the demand for which is now at its peak.

Many of our favourite style stars have been sporting Saint Laurent bags of late, particularly those with the brand's iconic and imitable YSL logo, and wait-lists are being drafted for some of the brand's most popular silhouettes. This should come as no surprise considering searches for them are up 30% since September 2021.  

But which Saint Laurent bags are really worth investing in? We've rounded up the need-to-know Saint Laurent bags, from the icons to the contemporaries, for you.

1. COLLEGE

Saint Laurent's College top-handle tote feels particularly classic thanks to the timeless envelope shape, a closing favoured by the brand. Made in Italy from supple leather that's quilted in a chevron pattern and topped with a YSL plaque, this imitable bag is a must for designer devotees. 

2. LOULOU

Named after Loulou de la Falaise, Yves Saint Laurent's close friend and muse, the Loulou is one of the most beloved and recognisable bags in Saint Laurent's line-up. Its hallmarks are its soft but boxy structure, front-flap closure and quilted-chevron finish. Though it's available in leather, we find ourselves drawn to these gorgeous suede iterations. 

3. SOLFERINO

A relatively new silhouette for the brand, the 2020-launched Solferino crossbody continues to crop up on the Instagram feeds of those in the know. Of course, you can always opt for the timeless black colour way, which offsets the YSL hardware, but these on-trend hues might also tempt you. 

4. LE 5 À 7

Shoulder bags are trending in a big way right now, and Saint Laurent isn't missing a beat. Its Le 5 à 7 bags keep selling out on Net-a-Porter, Matches and Harvey Nichols, but there has just been a restock. The patent version is particularly eye-catching. 

5. MANHATTAN

Saint Laurent’s Manhattan shoulder bag is named after the city that never sleeps, which is why it's well-suited to styling both night and day. It’s clean, straight lines, minimal detailing, and sparing use of metal hardware make it one of the most reserved bags in the YSL line up, but also one of the chicest. 

6. LOU

Modelled on a camera bag, the Lou is an everyday essential for many fashion enthusiasts. As a nod to the Loulou, this bag most commonly features a chevron-quilted upper, and it comes in just about every colourway you can think of. At just over £1000, it's more affordable than other designer handbags out there, but make no mistake—this is still one serious purchase.

7. NIKI

The relaxed shape and roomy interior of Saint Laurent's Niki bag make it the ideal everyday bag for women on the go, who perhaps find it difficult to shrink down their belongings to fit into the Lou. The preferred finish is supple, ever-so-slightly distressed leather, which gives it a bit of a vintage feel. It also features the brand's trademark chain-link strap, a fold-over flap and, of course, a YSL logo to the front.

8. KATE

Owing to its smaller size and delicate treatment, the Kate is perhaps the most evening-y of all Saint Laurent handbags. One of the most striking features of the Kate bag is its delicate chain tassel which hangs below the YSL emblem and swishes gently with every movement, making it the perfect partner for the dance floor.

9. SUNSET

Saint Laurent's Sunset bag has accordion sides, so it holds more than you'd first expect. Even the crossbody iteration proves roomier than some of the other bags in the YSL family. We, however, always find ourselves drawn to the top-handle options, which offer more styling versatility.

10. KAIA

Another new bag for the brand is the Kaia, named after model of the moment Kaia Gerber. Gerber has become a runway regular for Saint Laurent, so it makes sense that she was Vaccarello's muse when it came to designing this bag. We'd expect nothing less from the daughter of runway legend Cindy Crawford. 

11. LE MAILLON

Le Maillon is Saint Laurent's newest bag offering, and it is perhaps one of the brand's most luxurious-looking silhouettes. The gold-chain hardware makes the collection feel especially stylish and is inspired by the bag's moniker, Le Maillon, which is the French word for "link." It might not have the YSL branding, but Le Maillon is no less special. 

12. UPTOWN

It's almost impossible to think of a Saint Laurent bag without first picturing the Uptown, which, like the Kate, feels elegant and appropriate for wearing with your fanciest outfits. The envelope-shaped flap-over closure, as we've already discussed, is a key Saint Laurent design detail—as is the YSL metal emblem. 

13. SAC DE JOUR

Launched in 2013 during Hedi Slimane's tenure as creative director, the Sac de Jour has become a cult hit among accessory aficionados. The Sac de Jour, or "day bag," has a classic, structured silhouette with accordion side panels that extend to fit all your belongings. Special details include a concealed padlock on a detachable lanyard and a handy keychain attached to the interior. 

14. LE CARRÉ

Although many of Saint Laurent's bags boast bold YSL branding, if you're looking for something more refined—and along the lines of Le Maillon—look no further than Le Carré. This satchel-inspired bag is a contemporary classic with practicality at its heart. It has a roomy interior with zipped-off compartments and a strap which allows you to take it from a shoulder-length bag to a crossbody. 

15. CASSANDRA

Confidently elegant and undeniably French looking, Saint Laurent's Cassandra bag is structured to a boxy silhouette that, with its top handle and envelope closure, feels reminiscent of vintage handbag designs. Choose from everything from plain black leather to tweed with contrast piping. When it comes to Cassandra, you really can't go wrong. 

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