Ahh, the eternal handbag questions: how much should we, as consumers, be willing to pay for bags that aren’t made out of leather? How about one made out of canvas? How about a really SIMPLE bag made out of canvas? Should it vary by brand? If it does, does that mean we’ve all fallen victim to someone’s marketing scheme? For me, the Yves Saint Laurent Safety Pins Tote brings up all of those questions and more.

For what it is, I quite like this bag. But is the bag that it is worthy of the price that Yves Saint Laurent is asking? I suppose that depends on who you are and how much extra money is sitting in your bank account.

Yves Saint Laurent Safety Pin Tote

If I disregard the price tag, I kind of enjoy the form factor of this bag by itself. Sure, it’s just a canvas tote, and it’s probably just like the canvas totes that the natural-foods grocery store I go to gives away. There are precious few ways to make something like this “high quality” – at a certain point, it just is what it is. Taking that into consideration, the graphic safety pins are still not only an appreciated visual departure for this bag line, but they remind me of the pins I used to put in the canvas messenger bag that I carried as a scenester and punk music obsessive in high school. So, it’s possible that I’m a bit biased, since this seems to be a post-modern rendering of the look I spent years of my youth trying to achieve.

But then I have the unfortunate duty of considering the price. If I had a bunch of extra money, I’d probably buy it just because it makes me smile, even though I think that $195 is too much for untreated canvas in such a simple, common tote form. As I stand right now, I’m a fairly recent college graduate that hopes to maybe buy a new car (Audi A3, come to me) in the next couple of years and upgrade my apartment furnishings, and a $200 canvas tote just seems like the last thing I need to be buying. Then again, I guess “need” isn’t really the point here.

So if “need” isn’t what we should be considering here, what about “want?” Do I want to pay $200 for a canvas tote of any kind? No, I want to spend $200 on a dress and sweater at Anthropologie. This tote may not be quite as egregiously priced as some that I’ve seen in the past few years, but I think I’ve answered my own question. Buy through Saks for $195.

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  • Josh

    I think it’s a cute bag, but for $195? I don’t think so. I think it would be a lot better if they used leather on the handles, & added a bit more of metal hardware, like the YSL logo should’ve been in metal at the bottom. Then, I would probably buy this bag.

  • mochababe73

    I saw this bag in a magazine and thought it was so cute. That was until I saw the price. There’s no way that I would pay that much money for a canvas handbag. Now if it were trimmed in leather and some of the safety pens were actually real, then I would THINK about it.

  • Michael St. James

    cute bag…i think the price is reasonable.

  • Sara

    Move that decimal point over, make it $19.50 and you’ve got yourself a deal.

    • Terri

      Ditto! Maybe it’s just me but when I look at it all I think of is Sid & Nancy!! ( Probably just me. ^_^ ).

      • nancy haywire

        hahaha me 2 4 bout 5sec but then realized thats not enought rock’n’roll hahhahahaha (:

  • Sim

    I think it’s too expensive for what it is, and I think it doesn’t even look good.

    I prefer leather bag through and through.

  • mary s

    this is just unreasonable… $200 for an untreated canvas tote, but to be fair i will ask some questions that might warrent the price… is it hand woven? hand stritched? lined in treated canvas or leater on the inside? does it come with a 25 year warranty against wear and tear? if the answer to any of those questions is yes, than yes it is worth the price but if not… than no.

  • Beth

    I really like the graphic and it drew my attention immediately. But the price repels me. It’s too much for a canvas tote. At most, I’d pay $40 for a basic canvas tote. Anyone with a bit of artistic inspiration could screen print a similar image onto a bare bag and it would cost a fraction of that price. The YSL name is not enough to make me part with $200.

  • Livia

    LOL! No!

  • freda

    Nice, but too cosy for a canvas bag….but i don’t mind wearing it if it’s free….lol

  • Paulina

    HELL NO. You could find this at Forever 21 for like $5.

  • Queen Bee

    I’m with Sara. Move that decimal point over and I’m game.

  • Jane

    I agree with Sara and Queen Bee move the decimal over and you have a fun tote bag made out of canvas. I am so sorry, but there is no way I would pay $200 for this bag. Wait why am I apologizing its YSL who should be apologizing for a stupid price tag. In this economy I have my NEEDS and my WANTS, but my wants have now become extremely special to me and I really have to be careful what I decide to pick.

  • Bagolicious

    $195.00? Absolutely no way!

  • Glo

    lol…..ummm NO NO NO….

    cute…but not $200 cute

  • 19yearslater

    Nah, looks like a Hot Topic item. Which is to say that I like it, but wouldn’t pay designer price for it.

  • Loquita

    I have been looking at this and I really like the graphic and color scheme a lot…and I am a major YSL fan…but gulp can’t do it.

    This price point is just *slightly* less insulting to my intelligence than the ridiculously over-priced Cynthia Vincent nylon grocery tote that was featured here recently.

  • MAX

    Haha I went to YSL store and they offered me this one lol the bigger one cost even more for just canvas bags !!! I’m not stupid enough to pay for that.

  • MommieCrystal

    If anyone wants me to make them the same exact bag I can…my 8 year old daughter and I just figured out how to do silk screening at home. There are really strong canvas bags at walmart in the craft section 3 for I think $6. They are so trendy too come in all colors. They are the sturdiest canvas bags I have seen yet. I know we could even sew them ourselves and make different ones. Put some silk screen emblems on it and there you go your very own custom hand bag for under $10 bucks…and guess what no one else will have the same exact one. I cannot believe the price tags for some of these things…even though I would love to own a Coach someday the red one with the long strap that goes over your shoulder… but still I think food in our refrigerator is more important. I think most of these bags are made for people who have an exuberant amount of money and are just bored and don’t know what to do with it. Seriously, donate half to charity and buy something cheaper… if we all boycotted this type of shopping it wouldn’t exist… and no one would be hungry….

  • Erin

    Yes, its cute, but priced outrageously for what it is! Every bag I own that I’ve spent $200 and more for is LEATHER, and that’s just it. To me, leather says “investment bag”, and canvas says “environmentally friendly grocery bag”. If I want a canvas bag, I’ll go to Target and get one for $9.99!

    • not leather but louis

      I agree that the YSL bag should ring up for $20 tops; not $200. But are you really serious about the leather rule? Can you believe I’m 31 and got my first two designer bags for Christms this year. I talked myself into paying $400 for a zebra juliette dooney bag becasue it was leather and has a flashy-but-timeless quality that i think i will enjoy for the next 5-10 years…BUT…my mom was lovely enough to buy me a louis speedy 35 (damier ebene). $715 and NOT leather but i can see myself wearing this bag for decades. I have been eyeing this bag for a while and absolutely adore it. now i plan on saving up for a speedy 35 in monogram canvas AND a sac plat in monogram canvas. my beloved sac is about 1,000…not leather…but louis. is it worth it?

  • Favor

    That is utterly ridiculous to pay that much for a canvas bag. However, they know that someone who is just dying to say they have a YSL bag will waste $$$ on this bag. I agree with the ladies…move that decimal over! :)

  • Almaartistica

    I will NEVER spend that money on a canvas bag, especially from YSL that hands out free tote bags during their manifesto. Shame on them

  • The Girl in Grey

    Nope, so let’s hope it goes on sale. (:
    xo the girl in grey

  • vantaa

    I bought one from Paris last spring. It’s cool and the price is reasonable.

  • Adrienne zedella

    if I had alot of money to spend on myself, i would pay the price. if i could win something like this, it would be even better since i’m very poor. I DO like this tote!!! fb

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  • Ellen

    The only reason that this $200 is because it is Yves Saint Laurent. Even on sale it will be overpriced. (ipad)