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The Saint Laurent Icare Shopping Bag Makes a Case for Big Bags

The Maxi Bag is back thanks to YSL

This is the Saint Laurent Icare Maxi Shopping Bag, and the word Maxi is quite relevant.

There are a few things that have led me to fall madly in love with this bag, some of which I am less proud of than the next reason. I must start by awkwardly admitting that I really love Hailey Bieber’s style, to the extent where I can say I’m influenced by her.

Did I ever think I, a mom of 2 approaching my 40s, would be sitting in my house thinking about how cool Justin Bieber’s 25-year-old wife looks? No, I can truly say I did not. But here I am. And yes, sometimes I cringe at myself a bit as well, but I’m all about being truthful.

Hailey Bieber with YSL Icare Shopping Tote
Image via @YSL on Instagram

And though I saw Hailey in the campaign for this latest YSL hit bag along with other celebs carrying it in the wild and it did give another mental checkmark toward my love for it, I can also say that while I like the micro bag trend fine and know it has a place, I have always loved a big bag.

Saint Laurent ICare Shopping Bag on Marble Table

I Love Big Bags and I Can Not Lie

From the beginning of my handbag journey, I’ve been drawn to big bags, and much of the reason for this is my bag is an extension of my home. It carries everything that matters to me, it is a safe space for me, it is an extension of my necessities in life when I am out. So though I will carry small bags, my true comfort zone is a big bag, and this latest and highly sought-after bag from Saint Laurent has everyone, starting with me, buzzing.

Saint Laurent ICare Shopping Bag Pouch and Logo
Saint Laurent ICare Shopping Bag Pouch

The Maxi’s Dimensions

I’ll start with talking about the size because that makes this bag what it is. Dimensions are 22.8 X 16.9 X 3.1 inches, so this is a behemoth of a bag. It will carry everything, and then some. The soft quilted lambskin expands as much as you’d like, and while you can wear it wide or with closed sides, I personally love the look of it fully open.

There is a nostalgic feel about this bag, and though it is brand new, many get a vintage vibe from it. The carré-quilted over stitching paired with the equally oversized YSL iconic bronze-toned brass signature make this bag feel like it was pulled from the archives. The interior includes a lambskin removable zipped pouch that attaches to the bag with a metal chain toggle. Aside from that, you’re going to find one large open main compartment, a rather simple bag by design.

Saint Laurent ICare Shopping Bag Logo Detail

Closing Thoughts, Availability, and Price

Our bags are meant to carry things for us, and we bag lovers like to do so with a touch of style. This bag accomplishes the job of carrying pretty much all things you may need, and as much as the aesthetic seems simple, it is rather alluring when you really look at it. I am tall, so though massive, I didn’t think this bag looked ridiculous on me.

Join the likes of Hailey Beiber, Zoe Kravitz, myself, and countless others in obsessing over this bag. This bag quickly became the hottest bag of summer and sold out across majority of online retailers. We have seen some members of our forum able to snag the bag at their local Saint Laurent boutique. Right now, the bag is available for pre-order now at YSL for $4,400.

Saint Laurent Icare Shopping Bag by Pool

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Anon
Anon
1 year ago

Looks like a MZ Wallace bag with a giant YSL logo slapped onto it.

Kate Belot
Kate Belot
1 year ago
Reply to  Anon

It looks like a larger version of the YSL Tribute or the Chanel puffy shopper tote of ten years ago. Funny how quickly these shapes cycle ‘round and we’ve forgotten….

Jaime Stephens
Jaime Stephens
1 year ago
Reply to  Anon

Exactly!

AshleyGJ
AshleyGJ
1 year ago
Reply to  Anon

Came to say these exact words…

Rajeswari Ranganathan
Rajeswari Ranganathan
1 year ago
Reply to  Anon

I thought the same!!

16/155
16/155
1 year ago

I love everything about this bag: it’s ridiculous size, the soft lambskin leather, and the vintagey 70s style logo.

Kate Belot
Kate Belot
1 year ago
Reply to  16/155

It’s the same size as the Vuitton neverfull, which is one of their best sellers. People have been totally warped by micro bags.

eee
eee
1 year ago
Reply to  16/155

Same!! It’s a great bag.

Jerri R
Jerri R
1 year ago

I want to crawl into this bag and take a nap

Kate Belot
Kate Belot
1 year ago
Reply to  Jerri R

You’d been warm enough 😉

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
1 year ago

I’ve seen these bag several times in the wild. For me, it looks like YSL knocked off itself (looks fake). Also, like the Chanel 22, it looks like a trash bag. I think that I would like it better if it were way smaller. I’m imagining that it would be cute as a small bag.

Joey
Joey
1 year ago

I totally agree, smaller it would look good.

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago

Agree 1000%

Kelly
Kelly
1 year ago

Actually I don’t mind a big metal logo at all. It’s still not round and kinda antique feeling colour so it’s fine with me.
Think this bag is far better than Louis Vuittons “ Neverfull “ which I see everywhere and don’t feel anything special about it.
Anyway it’s a nice bag and will definitely consider.

Kate Belot
Kate Belot
1 year ago
Reply to  Kelly

I was given a neverfull by one of its cultists, and I didn’t enjoy it at all. YSL is much better quality, too.

Sharon
Sharon
1 year ago
Reply to  Kelly

The Louis vuitton neverfull has a cult following. You dont know its powers unless you own one. 😀 not to be compared in anyway shape or form to this … seriously struggling to like it from the post. I feel it ll be too heavy though.

Fran
Fran
1 year ago
Reply to  Sharon

Tell me more about the Neverfull. I have been thinking about it for years, but can’t seem to pull the trigger.

Kaly
Kaly
1 year ago
Reply to  Fran

If the Neverfull doesn’t quite call to you, may I suggest the Raspail? You’ll have to check the reseller’s as it’s been OOP for a while now, but I have found it to be better for my tote needs than my Neverfull. It meets the size criteria but has a zipper opening and for me, just looks a little more elevated.

Andy
Andy
1 year ago
Reply to  Fran

I have the MM version in the leather turtle dove color and the GM size Damier ebene – would recommend the leather wholeheartedly. It’s a great bag, lightweight, fits a laptop, great for travel, low maintenance and has a detachable clutch.

Timothy
Timothy
1 year ago

It looks like a cheap plastic picotin.

Victoria
Victoria
1 year ago

I actually love the look of this bag. Maybe they will come out with a smaller version but I don’t mind this size. I just wish it was not so expensive!

Sarah
Sarah
1 year ago

Those of you saying it looks like a cheap plastic bag have obviously not seen or held it in person. The lambskin is wonderful. LOVE mine

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Sarah

It can be lambskin and still have that certain look to people. Great that you love yours but that doesn’t mean that it can’t look some type of way to others. Just saying…

Sarah
Sarah
1 year ago
Reply to  Lisa

I’m just saying…..if someone saw it and held in person I doubt they would think it looks like plastic…easy to judge an internet picture…..

Lisa Sior Szunyog
Lisa Sior Szunyog
1 year ago
Reply to  Sarah

I actually just saw one yesterday while out shopping. Not appealing to me at all. Especially for the price. I’m sticking with my classic flaps. Can’t go wrong with those 😜

Kate Belot
Kate Belot
1 year ago
Reply to  Lisa

This is exactly how I feel about the LV Neverfull.

Hervé
Hervé
1 year ago

I like the bag but I do not like the giant YSL hardware, which makes it look tacky.

Helena
Helena
1 year ago

Why is the named spelled “ICare” in the title of this blog? I’m pretty sure the bag is named Icare (French for Icarus) rather than ICare (which I read as “I care”).

Kate Belot
Kate Belot
1 year ago
Reply to  Helena

In Australia ICare is a chain of optometrists!

psny15
psny15
1 year ago

This looks like a free cheap plastic tote you get with a perfume purchase

Passerine
Passerine
1 year ago

$4400 is insane. I would feel like a fool carrying this bag to work, people would ask if I was planning to sleep over at the office. If I took it into a store, all the staff would go on high shoplifter alert.

If it were in a waterproofed fabric or some non-leather material, it would make a good beach bag (which would probably be stolen while I was in the water). Plus no zipped inside pocket? Should have that as well as a removeable pouch.

Joey
Joey
1 year ago
Reply to  Passerine

I just ❤️🙏you comment 😆👍shoplifter alert, etc . You are right to expensive and way to big ☺️.

Nora
Nora
1 year ago
Reply to  Passerine

Ok. How about LV’s Onthego in Monogram? It’s $4,700 Australian dollars here. 🤷‍♀️

Kate Belot
Kate Belot
1 year ago
Reply to  Nora

Vuitton all wear much quicker than YSL.

Sarah
Sarah
1 year ago
Reply to  Passerine

It has a huge inside zipped pocket, actually.

Passerine
Passerine
1 year ago
Reply to  Passerine

OTOH, our English cocker would probably fit in it, so we could carry her on the Paris metro. That’s about the only plus point I can think of.

Baghagg
Baghagg
1 year ago

Love everything about this bag! The logo, while large, is well executed; the shape is great; the leather looks devine; the handle looks much more comfortable than the scrawny straps of the Neverfull. Wondering what it looks like with it’s sides closed? Industry: Time to bring back big bags!!!!

Antonia
Antonia
1 year ago

I’m liking it a lot Megs!! The price, not so much 🙁

Candee
Candee
1 year ago

I’d buy it in a heartbeat if it was 1/2 this size.

Kate Belot
Kate Belot
1 year ago
Reply to  Candee

Have a look at the YSL Tribute on Vestiare. It’s a size down and not dissimilar. Was an It bag in the noughties.

Dany
Dany
1 year ago

I totally love everything about this bag except for the price tag. It seems really expensive for what it actually is. Still love it tho.

Kisha
Kisha
1 year ago

Love this bag it’s gorgeous! Great review I may pull the trigger.

Porchelady
Porchelady
1 year ago

This looks like Saint Laurent’s version of the Chanel XXL bag. Looks like they copied that concept and tried to make it their own. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. Would work as a diaper/travel bag. But something about that big logo puts me off. The fake versions will also flood the market soon, and it will be hard to tell them apart, due to how ‘easy’ this bag looks. I say ‘easy’ because I don’t want to say cheap.

Jenn P
Jenn P
1 year ago

I love a big bag too. I’ve had my YSL Downtown in the rotation for awhile now. It’s such a great tote! Agreed — the shape of this one is giving me serious vintage YSL vibes, a la the Downtown. What goes around, comes around!

Kate Belot
Kate Belot
1 year ago
Reply to  Jenn P

Yea, and the Tribute. The beautiful Downtown. Loved it so much.

Jenn P
Jenn P
1 year ago
Reply to  Kate Belot

I forgot about the Tribute! Yes! Especially the black croco-embossed. What a time for bags!

Irene
Irene
1 year ago

Rolling my eyes as I type . Trying way too hard .
not too classy .

Ree
Ree
1 year ago

Looks like something i can get at Target or TJ MAXX “off the runway”

Shana
Shana
1 year ago

Just bought it and I didn’t know I was going to fall in love till I tried it on. I will probably be using it as a travel tote rather than a shopping tote! The leather is so soft and luxurious.

AboutDamnTime
AboutDamnTime
1 year ago

I have a MBMJ bag from back in the day (I think it’s the original Francesca tote) that is just as massive as this YSL…thingamajig. And the quality on O.G. Marc by Marc Jacobs was stellar.
**also i scored it for very little which makes it VERY appealing. Not sure I’d pay as much for YSL, as pretty as their bags are.

Laura
Laura
1 year ago

I like the bag but hate the huge logo!

Andy
Andy
1 year ago

I like this bag though on the fence about the giant size, would be nicer if it was a tiny bit smaller. The price is a bit above my internal limit for YSL..,

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago

Love it, however it is certainly not worth that price tag. That saying, I would love to see in a smaller size for us itty bitty ladies 🙂

Bea
Bea
1 year ago

Well how much does this bag weigh? It looks heavy. Is there zero structure on the bottom? I don’t mind the logo but since it is so large perhaps a matte gunmetal or black would look nice.

alexis168
alexis168
1 year ago

Looks like the Gondola by LUG. LOL

Brio
Brio
1 year ago

I think its a great travel size bag, but for day to day..I will pass.