As some of you noted last week, I’ve been as critical of Hedi Slimane and his short creative tenure at Saint Laurent as pretty much anybody. I don’t care for how the designer behaves himself, which is a problem before you even start talking about the efficacy of his creative vision. Slimane’s first foray into women’s bags (literally, he had never had a hand in the design of a women’s bag before starting at Saint Laurent) has been largely hit-or-miss, with the reliable, functional (if a tad bit boring) Saint Laurent Classic Duffel failing to achieve the It Bag status that some had predicted. This brand new, much smaller version of the Duffel, though? This, I like.

Miniaturizing a bag, which is super trendy right now, can do a whole world of good if a design is either very ornate or very simple. In the case of this bag, the mini version (which isn’t all that mini at over nine inches wide) edits out some of what sometimes felt like yards of flat leather on the full-size Classic Duffel and lets the spare design’s sharply edited elements play a more obvious role. Condensed, the bag feels like it has a bit more personality, and it’s not even that condensed. (For comparison’s sake, the “small” version of the bag only has about two inches more space.)

The bag also has a super-functional crossbody strap and comes in chic navy leather (if you’re not a navy gal, black and pink are also available). The best part of this particular update, though, is the price – while the small Classic Duffel will still set you back over two grand for a bag that’s not much bigger, this size goes for a double-take-inducing $1,250 via Neiman Marcus. For this price and this bag, I wouldn’t hesitate. Maybe Hedi’s finally pulling his accessories situation together.

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shueaddict
shueaddict
9 years ago

Amanda, I was a tad dissapointed by Hedi’s SL designs (all a bit to boxy and unexciting); and truly dissapointed by the increase in the price points.
However, this bag here is a step in the right direction.

T Tara Bagnista
T Tara Bagnista
9 years ago

It reminds me of a taller version of my small Lanvin bowling bag (in particular the zippers) that I got it on sale a few months ago at Barneys for $899 (retail around $2,450); however, I do like the navy color. I’m still partial to pre-HL’s designs, though, and coveted the Downtown bag in its heyday. I did get a Muse when it went on sale.

ninaf
ninaf
9 years ago

The new line of Saint Laurent are lovely. I saw them all over europe on the arms of women wishing they were really birkins.

catherine
catherine
9 years ago

Saks is carrying the small size in claret red, as well.

Kris
Kris
9 years ago

I have the mini duffle in red and love it…and the suede interior is lovely. Definitely an adorable bag that holds more than it looks like it will!

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