Yves Saint Laurent is one of those lines that almost never gets anything wrong, no matter what style approach it takes. Which isn’t to say that YSL has no defined style, it does; it brings it’s own chic French flair to the trends in a delightfully unique way. The Downtown tote brings a high level of sophistication to what could easily become an urban staple.
There are a lot of unusual things about this bag. First of all, the shape is an off-kilter hexagon, which I haven’t really seen much of. I think it’s really successful from the usually rectangular tote, and it immediately gives the Downtown bag a personality of its own.
Secondly, the glazed patent leather material has a semi-gloss sheen that makes it very versatile. The cracked and weathered effect on the leather is subtle, but noticeable. The result is a bag that looks completely unfussy and eye-catching without being ultra-gloss.
The pleated front patch pocket is useful and it’s also a great design detail. The accordion pleating brings attention to the unusual shape of the bag. The side straps and buckles are really not functional, and while I think they look okay, the bag could do without them. They add an edgy touch that I’m not sure the Downtown bag really needs.
More Features Of The Yves Saint Laurent Downtown Patent Leather Tote
- 19″ x 14″ x 10″ size
- 7″ handle drop
- Fully lined in black suede and twill
- Interior patch and zipper pockets
- Protective feet on base