Yves Saint Laurent has made its Cabas design an It bag, favored by celebrities and socialites alike. I’ve always been a fan of the chic but casual look of the bag, but unfortunately, this frayed edge version of the Cabas doesn’t really live up to expectations.
The problem here is not the design of the bag. The Cabas shape and style haven’t changed at all, and the cool square tote style remains compelling. The short handle straps give the bag a casual look, and the flap over leather closure with the Yves Saint Laurent logo closure is sophisticated and classy.
Even the fabric itself isn’t actually the problem. The deep red color is great, and the linen is lightweight and perfect for summer. But these frayed edges are really a problem. They make the bag look cheap and cheesy and take away all of its inherent glamour. Don’t get me wrong. I know there’s a girl out there with impeccable style that could really pull this off, but on the shelf the bag comes off as way too in between. It’s neither edgy and street nor posh and elegant.
$2,595 is a high price to pay for any bag, but for one that is so lackluster it’s basically unforgivable. Please try again, YSL.
More Features of the Yves Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc Woven Linen and Leather Tote
- 16″ x 12″ x 8″ size
- 6″ strap drop
- Internal pouch pocket
- Fully lined in red canvas