In the seven years since Anthony Vaccarello replaced beloved creative director Hedi Slimane at the storied French fashion house Saint Laurent, the designer has certainly left his mark. What makes Vaccarello’s Saint Laurent work is that he simultaneously designs for the modern woman while honoring the incredible past of Yves Saint Laurent.
Though his successes span well beyond the scope of just handbags, many have been quick to criticize Vacarello’s design process when it comes to handbags. Though Vaccarello has not been quick to reinvent the wheel at the French fashion House, he knows what works for the brand, understanding what consumers want to see and what will actually sell. From a design perspective, that may feel irksome and lacking in risk, but from a business standpoint, it’s smart and methodical.
The Logo Line-Up Expands
This season, the brand continues to hone in on its beloved line of logo bags, offering a supple new tote that is sure to delight fans of the brand. The Bea offers a contemporary feel that is soft to the touch. A slouchy silhouette that has minimal structure, the brand’s signature Cassandre logo is what defines the Bea Bag.
Inside, there’s a tonal suede lining a big main compartment with an internal zippered pocket. On the side of the bag’s interior, there are lace-up strings to fold in the sides of the bag, allowing the Bea to shift shapes. Introduced in black deer leather for the Fall/Winter season, the overall dimensions of the Bea are 19.7″ X 11″ X 7.1″ with all the makings of a daily hauler; the Bea retails for $3,450. Purchase via Net-a-Porter or Saint Laurent.