I’m often critical of Saint Laurent under Hedi Slimane, but the man does have an undeniable knack for certain things. To me, his collections often feel cobbled together of riffs on pieces other labels have found cool-girl success with, like Chelsea boots and leather jackets marked up until they feel rarified, but that approach does turn out a lot of pieces that are enviable on their own. This week, the piece that’s caught my eye is the embossed snake version of the Saint Laurent Monogramme Mini Shoulder Bag.


This bag shape has always been my favorite of Saint Laurent’s offerings; it feels like the little purse a very cool girl in the 80s would take to an after-hours club downtown, complete with the retro-iconic YSL logo. Katherine has one, and I’ve always been just a little bit jealous.

This version, though, is my favorite yet. Not only is the body of the bag snake-embossed, but when you look closely, the signature logo is made of a series of entwined metal serpents. The transformation goes just far enough; it’s clear what you’re looking at, but the logo stays intact. If this version ever shows up in black, I will die on the spot.

Pick up this bag for yourself $1,990 via Net-a-Porter.

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  • Love this bag, I like it best in the colour that Katherine has. Black. Gemma x

  • Sara

    Love the bag but I have never been a fan of this YSL logo. The double headed snake is not sweetening the deal either. Nice leather and colour though.

  • Giselle

    Love it too! The price a bit hectic for size though

  • L.O.

    The snake represents the fact that Yves Saint Laurent was actually afraid of snakes but felt that if he surrounds himself with artwork and decor of snakes that his fear would go away. So the snake is relevant to the brand. Little known fact that make this piece interesting. One thing Heidi is known for is taken classic pieces such as a Chelsea boot or a moot jacket, as mentioned above, and perfects them. Staple pieces in your wardrobe that look and most importantly fit well. Everyone does a version of their own, Bottega, Zara, etc.. But it’s the quality and fit that stands apart from the rest. Love the bag, can’t wait to see it in person.

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