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The Much-Hyped Saint Laurent Icare Maxi in Raffia is the Perfect Summer Carryall

Angelina Jolie and Elsa Hosk Agree...

The Saint Laurent Icare Maxi Shopping tote burst onto the scene when it was first spotted on Zoe Kravitz in the spring of 2022. Big bags were back in a BIG way. Later, worn by Hailey Bieber, we covered the bag later that summer, which quickly made the rounds on social media, becoming one of the most talked about bags of the year.

The Icare Maxi struck a chord amongst many fatigued by the micro bag movement, eliciting a fair amount of nostalgia for the days of the bigger the bag, the better. Arriving solely in black, the Icare was an instant hit, quickly selling out and reselling on the secondary market for even more than its (already hefty) retail price.

When a brand releases a new bag quickly adopted by consumers, it typically will capitalize on that popularity by expanding upon the line and offering new colors, sizes, or shapes. While the ICare eventually debuted in soft beige suede, it truly is a standout as is.

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Saint Laurent ICare Maxi Raffia
Saint Laurent ICare Maxi
$5,300 via Saint Laurent

The fan-favorite carryall was later debuted in raffia for the summer of 2023. This version takes the massive size and on-trend shape of the original ICare and combines it with raffia, which has quickly become a staple for the warm weather months.

Recently spotted on the beautiful Elsa Hosk, who wore the bag seaside, it was later seen toted by Angelina Jolie while out and about in New York. While the Icare is large enough to carry all of your beach essentials, it is stylish enough (bearing the brand’s iconic maxi Cassandre logo) to wear around the city as well.

If you’re looking for proof, let two of our favorite bag lovers do the talking…

One Bag, Two Ways

Saint Laurent Icare Raffia Tote Elsa Hosk Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie in New York, image courtesy of Saint Laurent
Saint Laurent Icare Raffia Tote Elsa Hosk Angelina Jolie 2
Elsa Hosk seaside in Saint Laurent, image via @elsahosk
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CNews
CNews
28 days ago

It would look better without this gaudy logo. Another $10 bags sold at high prices just because of a designer logo… people… wake up!

tara l
tara l
25 days ago
Reply to  CNews

ha! too funny, but true.

Robert
Robert
28 days ago
Reply to  CNews

I’m sorry, you obviously don’t crochet or knit, but no bag done in either of those techniques should be expected to cost what you’re saying.
Yes, 5k is A LOT of money for a raffia bag but it should be at least 5 hundred

CNews
CNews
25 days ago
Reply to  Robert

Maybe you shouldn’t make assumptions about other people?

Felicity
Felicity
28 days ago

“Much-hyped”? It seems that most major designer brands have released a version of this bag. A basic raffia bag with a big logo on it… that’s hardly groundbreaking at this point. Didn’t Meg just post that LOEWE bag a couple of weeks ago? Remove that big logo and it looks like a bag I could get for cheap at my local Target.

tara l
tara l
25 days ago
Reply to  Felicity

lol too funny true……………

Megs Mahoney Dusil
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Megs Mahoney Dusil
28 days ago
Reply to  Felicity

I did post the Loewe bag a few weeks ago and I know it isn’t for everyone! The Icare is the same – not for everyone but the summer rendition has a lot of people in love. I am a huge raffia fan, I really like summer-themed bags, so I personally like this bag a lot!

Aline
Aline
27 days ago

If you remove the big logo it is a quite simple knitted raffia bag (I know a little about the subject as we produce raffia bags in my company). There is no reason to pay this price for this model except the name. Margin must be so high, it’s insane 😆

Megs Mahoney Dusil
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Megs Mahoney Dusil
27 days ago
Reply to  Aline

I get what you’re saying – but same can be said for a leather bag right?!

Femme
Femme
26 days ago

True but keep in mind your disposable income is clearly not the same as many of your readers. Not everyone is able to casually drop several thousand dollars on a raffia bag.

tara l
tara l
25 days ago
Reply to  Femme

But people do; to me it’s a look at me, look what I’m carrying type of purse.

daveloeweyou
daveloeweyou
26 days ago
Reply to  Femme

Let’s be serious. This website is not for people who want to save money. Their target is luxury bags and therefore they are expensive by definition. If you don’t like them, I don’t understand what you do following all the news or models of the brands that appear on this website. It’s as if you criticised Vogue magazine for bringing out expensive products….

Paris
Paris
24 days ago
Reply to  daveloeweyou

That’s not necessarily true because this website caters to all buyers both rich and the not so rich.

tara l
tara l
25 days ago
Reply to  daveloeweyou

True, true and true again; those that place blame, are those that just don’t have 1 or can’t afford to buy 1. real heaters.

Femme
Femme
26 days ago
Reply to  daveloeweyou

Oh I am sorry. Am I too poor to be allowed to express my opinion?

Laura
Laura
25 days ago
Reply to  Femme

you are projecting

daveloeweyou
daveloeweyou
26 days ago
Reply to  Femme

I don’t say that words and you know it.

Aline
Aline
26 days ago

I think there are more settings in leather bags. Quality of the leather, quality of hardware, lined bag or not… Basically raffia is a very inexpensive material so to reach this $5.000 you must have an incredible design and a very special knitting technique and it does not seem to be the case with this YSL raffia bag. Only my feeling 🙂

LuxBaby
LuxBaby
27 days ago

I fail to see what is so attractive about this bag. The logo kinda ruins everything I might have liked about the simple shape and materials.

Mel
Mel
28 days ago

Pretty but nope, sorry, not buying into this scam.

Lori
Lori
28 days ago

It’s a great looking bag, but the logo is too big and the price is just insane. I looked at YSL bags in Paris last December and was shocked at the quality and price…the two no longer align.

Sophia
Sophia
28 days ago
Reply to  Lori

YSL bags are bad quality in my opinion when you consider how much they cost. I would rather buy from other luxury brands.

Amazonia
Amazonia
16 days ago

Monsieur Saint Laurent would be horrified by what Kering has done to his brand. Very sad.

Alice
Alice
27 days ago

Just realized how the logo resembles a US dollar sign… quite appropriately!

Lisa Jago
Lisa Jago
27 days ago

I absolutely love this bag, large logo and all!

Katey Mokelke
Katey Mokelke
26 days ago

Gorgeous bag but too big for me. What are we putting in there?

tara l
tara l
25 days ago
Reply to  Katey Mokelke

exactly; too big of a bag to carry around on a daily day.

Susan
Susan
26 days ago
Reply to  Katey Mokelke

Our hopes and dreams for a better world.

kadie
kadie
20 days ago

I’m patiently waiting for the black on black colorway. I’ve tried it twice with the gold love the bag but its just too much (for me) with gold hardware.

David Perry
David Perry
19 days ago
Reply to  kadie

Really? Are you sure? You don’t want the crew of the International Space Station to know what brand you’re wearing?

Gracie
Gracie
19 days ago
Reply to  David Perry

I almost spat out my drink. Haha

daveloeweyou
daveloeweyou
26 days ago

👌