I’m normally something of a YSL fangirl, but despite the brand’s history of sleek, classic bags, even they make a misstep every once in a while. It’s a forgivable thing to do, for sure, but that has never stopped me from calling a spade a spade, so to speak.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Yves Saint Laurent Shopping Tote is a spade. Which is to say, of course, that it’s a misstep, as are all the bags with this weird raised logo thing that YSL insists on doing. I don’t like it and no one shall convince me otherwise. Probably because it reminds me of something…

Yves Saint Laurent Shopping Tote

You know those weird, raised tattoos that some athletes, often football or basketball players, have on their arms? They’re usually a Greek letter of some sort. Sports fans out there might know what I’m talking about, but the rest of you are probably confused. Sorry, but I just ate and I’m not about to start Google Imaging stuff like that for you guys. Just play along.

I don’t know what they mean, but I do know that it looks like someone did that to this YSL bag, and that’s not a good thing. They look painful as it is on live people, and somehow I doubt that that was the sort of idea that YSL was trying to evoke by doing a similar thing to a bunch of their bags. Unfortunately, that’s more or less all that I can see when I look at this.

Not only that, but a logo like this completely forgoes the subtlety that I’ve grown to love from the brand. They always manage to incorporate their Y logo into the lines of their bags, and this flies directly in the face of that aesthetic. It’s just a boring brown tote with an unattractive tattoo. Buy through Saks for $945.

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  • Donette

    lol, i think you talking about a brand. Black Greek-letter organizations usually are the organizations to brand. i dont like the bag either. that reminds of something i could get at H&M.

    • Maybe so – they look so painful! I usually like regular tattoos, but I just can’t wrap my head around those. But hey, tradition is tradition I suppose.

      • Michael St. James

        lol…yea…you’re definitely talking about black fraternity “tattoos.” don’t like them on people…hate them on a ysl tote!

  • Mochababe73

    I like the bag. It’s different, and there’s nothing wrong with showing your logo every once and a while. Just don’t make it a habit.

  • AA

    I like the bag but I dont think its worth $945 for a tote.

  • E-an

    I think I would prefer to pay for the Lanvin 120th tote o_0

  • kemilia

    I like it, I also like the Chanel bags with the CC outlined and puffy.

    If that was the way YSL signed his initials, I think that would be pretty cool too. (but I don’t know that)

  • Claire

    I like it! That is a great brown.

  • danie

    I usually love YSL, but I hate this bag. I’m not a hugh fan of ‘branding’ on bags. I’m a hugh Chanel fan and I don’t even buy the big ‘CC’ on any of my bags.
    I hope YSL comes out with something better for next season so far I’m just bored of looking at boring bags at this point. Since when did designers give up on creating great bags for Winter???

  • 19yearslater

    Yeah, it looks like it’s been branded. Not attractive on men, cattle, or handbags.

  • amelia masniari

    Heyyy, i love the bag, and it looks roomy and practical

  • atrophia

    Oh, you’re thinking of scarification (probably branding). That makes me like the bag more, actually. I just don’t care for the tote shape in general.

  • MAX

    I’ll add a little more $ to get a LV bag. I like it though but for $945 it should be something better

  • chirpy_gal

    Nice bag….. Love the leather …… Just if it could be carried on the shoulder too ….. but nice …. :) ….

  • Joe

    It looks like the cow had a ring worm in the form of the YSL logo!

  • T-Girl

    Yup, Atrophia is right. What you are describing is called ‘scarification.’ I don’t like the idea of deliberately scarring the body either. I did get my ears pierced though, but that is because I enjoy wearing earrings.

    And, I like AA’s idea–I’d rather use the money for an LV bag too instead of this YSL Tote.

  • nycenurse

    It is rather keloid-esque.

  • The Girl in Grey

    Love your opinion! You made me laugh.
    xo the girl in grey

  • Kathryn

    ooh i like! (fb)

  • Adrienne zedella

    I would take this bag shopping! fb