Yves Saint Laurent Small Downtown Tote

We have already covered the YSL Downtown Tote. This style made its way into the YSL lineup when YSL finally came back into the handbag market, having bags that were deemed “it” bags rather than eclectic non-wearable for the masses bags. But there is something that YSL does that so many other designers do, that sometimes I just don’t get; they reinvent a good design again and again and again. Whether it be material, color, size, the designers take a hit bag and try to make a new version that will appeal to a different crowd. Sometimes the result is brilliant, and sometimes it is a big old fail.

So let me ask you what you think of the Yves Saint Laurent Small Downtown Tote which has been reinvented with a blue ombre effect; brilliant or fail? There is no doubt that the smooth suede calfskin leather is sumptuous, the shape is no different, it is just the color effect. This bag also features double handles, two side zips, an inside zip pocket, and suede lining. I am not always a fan of ombre. I have found a few sweaters that can show ombre well but other than that I am just not super fond of it. And on a handbag? There is a way to go about it where it is subtle, not over zealous, and not a sharp change in colors. What do you think? Buy through Saks for $1895.

  • KathGrace

    Fail. I love YSL, but this one is not to my liking.

  • ellie

    it’s a fresh idea for a classic like the Downtown.
    not sure about the color combination tho.

  • 2manybags

    I love it!!

  • wgs

    i’m on the fence…but i’m leaning towards liking it. different and unique.

  • kaytey

    I’m a big ombre fan, no word of a lie. I love this. Like, love love love it. I think it would be a great bag for winter – that icy blue and snow white. Ugh. I’m so happy, I could die.

    In all seriousness, I understand your hesitance, but I think this is a fresh look. I don’t overly like the dark ombre effect, it’s a bit of a downer. This is fresh and interesting. :)

  • Anilu Magloire

    Love the bag, but ombre has never been my thing…

  • MonVuitton

    Love the ombre YSL, especiall the one in gold!!

  • stephanie

    I really like this bag…i like the blue and white together.

  • daisyjane

    I love the downtown tote. But enough already! Leave it be! Does it have to be “reinvented” to over and over in different colors and sizes? What’s next? Fur?

  • gillysirl

    WOW! Just saw this bag in person at Nordstroms. It is so much prettier in person! The blue is like a thick leather and then it morphs into a white suede. Not for everyone but I think it is a fun version of the downtown tote. And would definately work this spring where my black version won’t.

  • Kathey

    Its color scheme is soo lovely. They way they make it dreamy like the sky.

    Its soo cute. the two buckles on the front is cute