Like pretty much anyone who’s gotten the chance to fondle one in person, I’m seriously craving a Celine Classic Box Bag. Not only is the design perfectly edited on the outside, but it’s lined in the most deliciously soft and luxurious leather you can imagine, which makes it even more of a delight for the person that owns it than you would expect. The only problem, of course, is that those bags cost nearly four grand. Even I am not that numb to handbag pricing.
Naturally, I’ve found myself seeking lower-priced alternatives, and the Yves Saint Laurent Chyc Shoulder Bag is one of the better contenders that I’ve found thus far. Sure, it’s missing some of the exquisite touches that I love about the Celine bag, but it also costs several thousand dollars less.
This bag lacks the leather lining and multiple interior compartments that make the Celine bag so much fun to investigate for the first time, but it has a similarly classic shape and feel to it that gets the aesthetic job done. I love the combination of ivory leather with the weathered gold hardware, and because of the simple lines, this is a bag that could do double duty in the office and out. I have to say, though, that I’m not particularly enthusiastic about the price of this bag either. Buy through Matches for $1785.