Saint Laurent Betty Borsa Mini Embellished Shoulder Bag

I mean, really. Just go ahead and guess how much the Saint Laurent Betty Borsa Mini Shoulder Bag costs. Get your number in your head and you’ll find me after the jump, where I’ll be chuckling to myself just like I am right now.

Ok, so it costs $7,500. That’s not nearly the highest price we’ve ever seen for a handbag around here, but for some reason, I nearly choked on a sip of water when I read it. It was as close to an actual spit-take as I’ll probably ever come, at least when it comes to purse prices. We’re all used to looking at a crocodile bag (or an Hermes bag of any kind) and assuming a price tag that reaches into the high four figures, but for a small shoulder bag that’s mostly made of regular leather and topped, by design, with a literal mess of chains, baubles and trinkets? It’s non-intuitive, to say the least.

Love him or hate him, much of Hedi Slimane’s short time at Saint Laurent thus far has been characterized by his willingness to take messy rock-n-roll staples like the leather jacket or motorcycle boot and render them in literal-but-luxurious ways, complete with utterly astronomical price tags, even by fashion standards. This bag, from his critically maligned Fall 2013 collection, is just the latest example of his commitment to that aesthetic. While I understand the allure of taking something that would otherwise be sloppy and spontaneous and instead constructing it in a meticulous, skilled way, it seems as though one would have to be a pretty ardent Hedi Slimane fan to put her money where her mouth is to the tune of $7,500 for what is basically a luxe-punk evening bag.

Slimane’s Saint Laurent collections have sold well, though, so maybe this bag will disappear before it ever hits the sale section. If you want to help that happen, pick it up via Neiman Marcus.

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  • shueaddict

    my guess was 4,500 $ based on past performance + the tone of your opening line, Amanda! Sigh … YSL is becoming far too expensive for me, plus, I cannot really get on board with the new boxy esthetics (SL Birkin anyone?)

    So I shall cherish my old battered Roadie and my patent Easy … I may even snatch the last Muse Two from MyTheresa’s sale.
    ;-(

  • Rashida

    Huh? 7500? Are they crazy? I looked at it and said 5 dollars! It is tacky. All that junk on it and it doesn’t look luxe at all. Sad the new creative folks in charge of the brand are sullying the brand! Bring back the YSL!

  • Lorie

    How long before this shows up as a craft on Pinterest?

  • http://www.facebook.com/petra.brankovska Petra B.

    I kinda like it, in spite of being VERY critical of Hedi. However with that price tag, the only thing that comes to my mind is adele’s lyrics (“never mind i’ll find someone like youu…”)

  • Emma @ ModelHub.com

    It’s a great bag – but their will be so many DIY version’s no one will ever need to pay $7,500

  • http://dontaskmetosmile.wordpress.com/ Katrina

    My guess was $9,000, given the start of the post, I figured I must as well go big or go home.

  • Guest

    Jesus! I guessed 5K.

    You know, this reminds me of the late Patrick Kelly’s work. (Yes, children. I’m old.) That said, I’ll wait for the Honestly WTF or PS I Made This version.

  • ASCResale

    HOLY HEAVY! But the draped charms are lovely.

  • PropaFly

    This is the fashion equivalent of a diner’s ‘garbage plate’. Not cute.

  • Wing

    I miss the old YSL handbags

  • TikTok

    Have the collections really sold well? Or is it just a PR story? I wonder. If they have, why has the price of the SL duffel bag go down from ~$2500 when it came out to below $2000?

  • dj

    Let me know when it’s down to $39.95.

  • Jennifer Eddy

    7500 for a bag that looks like random things I can find in my grandma’s junk drawer? Including the bag.

  • FashionableLena

    I can see a lot of DIY/craft bloggers featuring this on their blog. Since it was designer, I was in the $1000 range. But, $7500? This is as ridiculous as designer.

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