Yves Saint Laurent Muse Two Artisanal Recycled, $1720 via YSL.

Usually, women only ask two things of their handbags: That they be fabulous and functional. Increasingly, though, some women are making a third request of their clothing and accessories: That it also has a sense of social responsibility. Admittedly not everyone cares about what impact their purchases have on the world or on the people who produced them, but the number of people who do are growing, which makes it fashionable for global brand to debut products like the limited editionYves Saint Laurent Muse Two Artisanal Recycled Bag, which was produced by artisans in Burkina Faso with Fair Trade cotton and recycled plastic bags. For real.

Although I’m betting that most people will balk at paying over $1700 for a cotton handbag even if it is part of a 60-piece handmade run that’s only available online to US and UK customers, the more luxury companies undertake projects like this, the better. Mainstreaming responsible manufacturing processes is a slow process, but this bag makes it hard to argue that the results aren’t every bit as good as their traditional counterparts. Available via YSL.com for $1720.

  • Sandra Rowley

    I cannot allow myself to spend $1700.00 on cotton and recycled plastic….even if it is YSL. What is the handle and front decoration made of???

  • MizzJ

    I hate to say it, but I agree as well. Perhaps if I know more about the justification for such an expensive price I might feel more agreeable to it?

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  • gawd

    I don’t want to pay THAT exorbitant amount of money to be “socially responsible”. It’s blatantly BS & fatuous!!!

  • MHB

    I bought this bag but returned it. I didn’t realize that it was the smaller version of the Muse II and was too small to use for everyday. Also, for a very limited edition bag, while there was a “LE” tag or card included with the bag, it was not sewn to the bag or numbered which I felt they should have done. Also, the one i received looked a little too much like it had “lint” on it. I just couldn’t justify the price in spite of great intentions.

  • lulugurl2006

    Great idea, great bag, to expensive! Otherwise tho, I love it!

  • rose60610

    This is a case of “socially responsible” being fiscally IRresponsible. Charging $1700 for something artistically crafted from fine leather is one thing. Charging $1700 for cotton and recycled plastic ranks right up there with pet rocks.

  • dalex

    While it is commendable that they are being ‘socially responsible,’ that $1720 price tag is outrageous at best. The design of the bag is not appealing in my opinion.

  • QQ

    HA!