The epic return of the nylon designer bag shows no signs of slowing down. Back in late 2018, we began to notice a major uptick in offerings within the nylon designer bag sphere. Then, 2020 came, and with it, a global pandemic, furthering the need for a casual, easy-to-clean, stylish bag. It was the perfect storm of sorts for a trend that was already on its way back to the top. Now, four years after we first noticed the trend returning, nylon has moved well beyond a trendy option for stylish handbag lovers and has become a full-on closet staple.
When done right, nylon bags can be just as stylish and sleek as their leather counterparts. While some brands, like Prada, are known for their nylon just as much as their other offerings, others, like Louis Vuitton for example, have taken this craze as an opportunity to try their hand at something new.
Saint Laurent is the latest brand to foray into the stylish, functional world of nylon. While the House has offered nylon in the past, the functional material has never been a major part of its lineup. It is typically offered in more sporty silhouettes like belt bags or backpacks. This time they’ve remade its ever-popular Le 5 à 7 shoulder bag in trendy nylon.
A Fan Favorite, Reimagined
Crafted from econyl®, recycled nylon, the latest addition to the Le 5 à 7 family features the same sleek shape but with a longer shoulder strap. The bag is also lined in nylon, with one interior pocket, and features the distinct YSL Cassandre hook closure. Coming this spring and available for pre-order now, the Saint Laurent Nylon Le 5 à 7 is offered in solid black or black/white contrast as well in various color options with a retail price of $2,400.
While I love (and own) the original version, I find the nylon version too much of a juxtaposition between dressy and casual. Personally, I’ll leave it.