I have always had an affinity towards the YSL logo for its typographic beauty (I am a self-taught picture designer). After being in Marrakech, a location where Yves Saint Laurent invested a great deal of time, I was even more inspired to have my very first Saint Laurent bag. After seeing the Majorelle gardens in Marrakech, and falling even more in love with Yves Saint Laurent, we arrived at the local La Mamounia Hotel–lo and behold, there’s a fucking Saint Laurent shop!! I attempted on the YSL Black Chevron WOC (shown below), but I hesitated and decided no, I could not. “It’s meant to be,” I thought. And therefore, she’s MINE!The Saint Laurent WOC includes a quilted leather chevron style plus a large silver ‘YSL’ logo in the center with a chain and leather which may be worn across the chest, over the shoulder, or removed to carry it as a clutch. I have tried to carry colorful bags before; I’ve even tried grey and brown bags to “try something different”… but nothing seemed to stickI would drop out of love after the first time I carried it. But this little pink tote is an exception. Because muscle fatigue is one of several symptoms I struggle with due to my Fibromyalgia, I have grown to love carrying small crossbody bags which just carry my bare essentials, which is exactly what this tote does.
I have a little confession to make: I was never all that big of a fan of the Yves Saint Laurent Bags Shopstyle Muse. Yes, it was a major It Bag back in the mid-2000s and still endures as a favorite today, but it just never really tickled my fancy in the same way that other popular bags from that era did. The Yves Saint Laurent Muse II, however? I’ve always loved it unconditionally, and seeing this lovely red version for spring confirms that those feelings show no signs of abating.
I’m not sure what makes me love this bag so much. The propensity for the design to come in multicolor versions? Its vaguely nautical lines? The lovely way it sags when carried on the arm? I don’t know, but I’m not so concerned with the knowing as I am with the having.
I can barely resist the utter cheerfulness of this pinky-red leather juxtaposed with white, which means that this is another bag that’s make me wish for spring and flowers and pretty dresses. It’s pretty cruel that all of these bags are coming out now, just when winter’s cold streak is really picking up, but we all know that fashion is inherently structured to make us want what we can’t have in as many ways as possible. Come spring, though, this little darling just might be mine. Buy through Matches for $1326.