I know what you all must be thinking (that I’m crazy for even thinking about this), but hear me out. Last week, all of you helped me make a very important decision. I was stuck between two going-out bags, one from Saint Laurent, the other from Chanel. After writing the post and reading all your comments, the decision was a no-brainer. I went out and bought the Saint Laurent and then went home that night and started wearing my new bag around my house. After wearing it for a bit, I started to notice something.

The bag is python-embossed leather, and the the Saint Laurent representative explained that the bag is made of calf skin and stamped to feel like a real python without the possibility of falling scales over time, as can be a problem with real python. I wore the bag crossbody around my house, and because this bag lacks a smooth surface, the tiny hairs of my wool sweater kept getting caught in the “scales” of the bag. Because of that friction, I also noticed that the “scales” started to lift up and bend. I’m nervous if I wear delicate blouses, like lace or silk, the bag may cause pulls. I’m also worried of the opposite effect–that wearing something of a more coarse material may damage the delicate bag.

I don’t want to worry about what I’m wearing and the repercussions when I want to carry this bag. Other than that issue, I love it so much, and I would be devastated if the leather frays from constant wear. My main concern is I want this bag to age well, and I’m not sure if this finish will look the same as it does right now in a year’s time. If you look at the close-up shot below, you can see some of the leather lifting. Although that’s the natural texture of the bag, have any of you had similar problems with embossed python? Am I better off exchanging this bag for the croc-embossed texture, which is much smoother and might wear better over the years?

Saint Laurent Python Embossed

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Crocodile Embossed
[Image via Saint Laurent]

YSL Croc
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Karisma
Karisma
7 years ago

I would go with the second one. But that’s just me.

c.Miller
c.Miller
7 years ago

I would go with the croc embossed. You want to be able to enjoy the bag, not baby it when you’re going out!

Katherine Callaghan
Katherine Callaghan
7 years ago
Reply to  c.Miller

Yes, I agree with you 100%

laura
laura
7 years ago

I would return it and get the croc embossed instead. I hate having to worry about the bag all the time.

Katherine Callaghan
Katherine Callaghan
7 years ago
Reply to  laura

I want to wear the bag and have fun. Not look down every few seconds to make sure it’s ok, haha!

D
D
7 years ago

I have kind of the same problem with my crossbody Versace bag from some seasons ago…that chain destroyed a lot of my cloths!!! i kept forgetting that its bad for anything with silk texture so I had to throw away a lot of good stuff… you shouldn’t be thinking about these things when wearing an expensive bag…or any bag at this point. I suggest you exchange it for WOC or Dior pouch for instance? 😉

Amazona
Amazona
7 years ago

I’m with the others, I’d go with the croc. I think it’s a more attractive print anyway, not really into snakeskin.

MASON
MASON
7 years ago

CROCCCCCCCC!!!!!

justa9url
justa9url
7 years ago

I agree with the majority, I’d go with the croc embossed one. A, because I’m biased and prefer the croc embossed one over the python embossed one and b, I don’t want to worry about the leather lift or ruining delicate clothing – that’s a lose-lose situation.

Katherine Callaghan
Katherine Callaghan
7 years ago
Reply to  justa9url

That’s what I was worried about also. I don’t want the bag to ruin any of my clothing so it’s best I get the croc embossed and I won’t ever have to worry.

h
h
7 years ago

Tbh I think you should return it and get the chanel!

anon
anon
7 years ago

It’s obvious you’re not 100% satisfied with your purchase when you should be-its a lot of money! I say go return it and get the Chanel. You can’t go wrong with Chanel and why not? If you love the Chanel more than great, you were able to try both and ended up with one you wanted. If you loved the YSL more, than go back and get it. It’ll be a hassle, but its worth it for the amount you’re investing. If you’re not satisfied with either, then go back to the wish board for other great evening type handbags. There’s always plenty of gorgeous ones coming out. Please update us!:)

Katherine Callaghan
Katherine Callaghan
7 years ago
Reply to  anon

I definitely wasn’t satisfied and it made me sad that I made the wrong decision. Now I’ve learned that I don’t like python and I will probably stay away from this texture. I’ve decided to get the croc embossed and I’m much happier with this decision!

anon
anon
7 years ago

Oooh! Great choice!:) I hope you’ll do an updated review and experience for your new handbag! It’d be a really great and relate able post:)

Katherine Callaghan
Katherine Callaghan
7 years ago
Reply to  anon

Absolutely! It’s already noted in my editorial schedule! 🙂

ami
ami
7 years ago

Get the croc one. The python is too much of a hassle.

Katherine Callaghan
Katherine Callaghan
7 years ago
Reply to  ami

I’m starting to realize that. Lesson learned, I don’t like python anything.

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