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YSL Logo Tote Bag
By Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Practical for every day, elegant delight Saint Laurent tote in brown canvas. It is worn by hand, arm and shoulder. The interior is brown satin with a large zipped pocket. The finishe...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • YSL Logo Tote Bag
  • YSL Logo Tote Bag
  • YSL Logo Tote Bag
  • YSL Logo Tote Bag
H 14.57 in. L 14.18 in.
YSL Black Leather Shopping Bag
By Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Saint Laurent unstructured tote bag with side fringes. Current collection, available in store. It is hand-carried with two handles and on the shoulder with an adjustable black leathe...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • YSL Black Leather Shopping Bag
  • YSL Black Leather Shopping Bag
  • YSL Black Leather Shopping Bag
  • YSL Black Leather Shopping Bag
H 9.06 in. D 5.91 in. L 13.78 in.
YSL Downtown Brown Calfskin Bag
By Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Ideal for every day, you will slip all your everyday accessories there. Both elegant and casual, it is in full-grain calfskin and its jewelry in golden brass. Carried on the shoulder...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • YSL Downtown Brown Calfskin Bag
  • YSL Downtown Brown Calfskin Bag
  • YSL Downtown Brown Calfskin Bag
  • YSL Downtown Brown Calfskin Bag
H 13.78 in. D 9.85 in. L 18.9 in.
YSL SAINT LAURENT Black Vintage Minaudiere
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Lovely black plexiglass minaudière ending with a pompom, typical of vintage YSL items. It is worn on the shoulder or crossed. In very good condition. The jewelry is golden Evening cl...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • YSL SAINT LAURENT Black Vintage Minaudiere
  • YSL SAINT LAURENT Black Vintage Minaudiere
  • YSL SAINT LAURENT Black Vintage Minaudiere
  • YSL SAINT LAURENT Black Vintage Minaudiere
H 4.73 in. D 1.58 in. L 6.3 in.
2004 Tom Ford for YSL embellished satin clutch
By Tom Ford
Located in Montgomery, TX
2004 Tom Ford for YSL embellished satin clutch Height 5”, Width 8.5” Collector's dream!
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Dazzling Emerald Green Crystal Jewel Heart Compact YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
A Beautiful and unused Yves saint Laurent heart shaped compact with an emerald green crystal rhinestones on lid of the compact. Mirror inside Made in France. Gold plated From the...
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1980s Handbags and Purses

YSL Beige Leather/Suede Mombasa Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
YSL Mombasa made of beige suede with brown leather details and silver hardware. Closure with button, internally large. VERY GOOD CONDITION
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

  • YSL Beige Leather/Suede Mombasa Bag
  • YSL Beige Leather/Suede Mombasa Bag
  • YSL Beige Leather/Suede Mombasa Bag
  • YSL Beige Leather/Suede Mombasa Bag
H 10.63 in. D 1.19 in. L 15.75 in.
Yves saint Laurent Black Passementerie Gripoix Hearts Clutch/ Belt Bag YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
The suit, the safari jacket, the peasant dress—Yves Saint Laurent was a master at seeing the high-fashion potential of that which others might have dismissed. This passementerie purs...
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1970s Clutches

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Gold Metal Minaudiere Tassel Shoulder Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Gold Metal Minaudiere Tassel Shoulder Bag Measurements: Height: 3.5 inches (9 cm) Width: 6 inches (15 cm) Depth: 2.55 inches (6.5 cm) Strap Length: 41...
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1980s Clutches

YSL Green Suede Bag with Front Ruching & Rhinestones
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Beach, FL
YSL Greed Suede Hobo Bag. It has front ruching and rhinestones on front and back of bag. This bag is in fair condition with some wear on ruched suede, the clasp on top is also scrat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Fringe Black Leather Tote Handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company-YSL Yves Saint Laurent Style-Black Fringe Leather Tote Outside- No Rips , Tear or Marks Inside-Bag interior has white marks and stain - CHECK PICTURES Pockets -NO Pockets Han...
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2010s Tote Bags

Yves Saint Laurent Red Black Passementerie Gripoix Hearts Clutch/ Belt Bag YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
The suit, the safari jacket, the peasant dress—Yves Saint Laurent was a master at seeing the high-fashion potential of that which others might have dismissed. This passementerie purs...
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1970s Clutches

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Braided Rope Coral Shell Clutch Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
A look is as only as good as the accessories that accompany it. This was a tried and true rule followed by Yves Saint Laurent for decades. In creating modern styles for the woman-on-...
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1990s Clutches

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Belle de Jour Hot Pink Patent Leather Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Philadelphia, PA
YSL Yves Saint Laurent Hot Pink Patent Leather Clutch in very good condition. hot pink patent leather with embossed YSL logo on front. Snap flap closure opens to a pink satin interio...
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2010s Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Dali Lips Clutch YSL 2003 Tom Ford Era Collectors
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
From the spring 2003 Yves Saint Laurent collection by Tom Ford comes this highly collectable brown leather clutch with Enamel Lips. In beautiful unworn condition. magnetic front cl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Black Dali Lips Clutch YSL 2003 Tom Ford Era Collectors
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
From The Spring 2003 Yves Saint Laurent Collection By Tom Ford Comes This Highly Collectable Black Leather Pleated Clutch Bag With black and silver kissing Enamel Lips Magnetic Cla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Large Textured Embossed "YSL" Logo Travel Tote
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
This wonderful Yves Saint Laurent Large textured black leather travel tote is detailed with a embossed signature "YSL on a chain" in the front of this travel t...
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1990s Tote Bags

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Beige Leather Rive Gauche Mombasa Shoulder Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
You will love to have this Saint Laurent Paris Rive Gauche Mombasa shoulder bag. Crafted from beige leather with whipstitching detail on the sides, this beauty is held by a horn-shap...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Red Leather Arabesque 2-Way Shoulder Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage red leather arabesque trapezoidal shoulder bag. Grained leather featuring a gorgeous embossed arabesque design. Gold toned YSL monogram logo on the front...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

YSL Saint Laurent 2018 Small Vicky Chain Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Vertical channel quilting highlights the boxy structure of an Italian patent crossbody polished with an interlocking logo insignia and pull-through chain strap. Retail $1,990. Desig...
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2010s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Black Leather Arabesque Handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage black grained leather handbag featuring a gorgeous embossed arabesque design. Gold toned hardware featuring lovely heart details on both handle bases. Bl...
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20th Century Top Handle Bags

Saint Laurent YSL Pink Calfskin Leather Classic Baby Duffle Bag
By Saint Laurent
Located in Irvine, CA
Pink calfskin Saint Laurent Classic Baby Duffle bag with gold-tone hardware, dual rolled top handles, detachable flat shoulder strap with peg-in-hole adjustments, foil-stamped logo a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

New Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent YSL Bow Heels Pumps Sz 40.5
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Leesburg, VA
Tom Ford For YSL Heels Brand New * Beautiful Velvet Patent Pumps * Antique Silver Adjustable Ankle Strap * Size Euro: 40.5 * Pointed Toe * Black Patent Leather * Bow Detail at Toe ...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Tom Ford for YSL Black Leather Mombasa with Horn Handle
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This black leather mombasa bag is from the Tom Ford-YSL era. It features a paneled caviar body with an earthtone horn handle that has silver hardware on it. The inside lining is blac...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

YSL SAINT LAURENT Bag in Brown Leather, Velvet Calfskin and Brown Wood Beads
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
YSL Saint Laurent vintage bag, in brown leather, brown velvet calfskin and dark brown wood beads. Worn on the shoulder. Gilt metal hardware. Closes with a snap. Lined in brown canva...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Yves Saint Laurent Champagne Ivory Top Handle Passementerie Bag YSL, 1990s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Yves Saint Laurent popularized the passementerie accessory style. The use of coiling and manipulating silk cording into a decorative accessory added an extra depth of craftsmanship a...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Logo Foldable Envelope Leather Clutch Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Logo Foldable Envelope Leather Clutch Bag Measurements: Height: 15.94 inches (40.5 cm) when open 8.85 inches (22.5 cm) when folded Width: 15.55 inches...
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20th Century Top Handle Bags

YSL YVES SAINT LAURENT Down Town Bag in Beige Grained Leather
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Yves Saint Laurent 'Downtown' bag in beige grained leather. The hardware is in gold metal. The interior is in brown fabric with a zipped pocket. In very good condition Dimensions ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

NWOT Saint Laurent Loulou Quilted Leather YSL Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Saint Laurent Loulou Quilted Leather YSL Bag in New without tags condition. Black chevron quilted calfskin leather exterior trimmed with antiqued brass hardware. Front snap flap clos...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

New Yves Saint Laurent YSL Resort 2012 Heels Wedge Pumps Sz 36
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Leesburg, VA
Stefano Pilati for Yves Saint Laurent Brand New Runway Ad Heels Featured in the Resort 2012 video shot in the Carlton hotel in Cannes, France * Stunning in Print Canvas * Euro Size:...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

YSL Loulou Black Document Holder
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Loulou SAINT LAURENT clutch in black calfskin lined with grosgrain. The jewelry is made of palladium silver metal. On the flap, the initials YSL are interlaced. The stitching gives t...
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2010s Tech Accessories and Cases

  • YSL Loulou Black Document Holder
  • YSL Loulou Black Document Holder
  • YSL Loulou Black Document Holder
  • YSL Loulou Black Document Holder
H 10.24 in. D 1.19 in. L 13 in.
Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Velvet Small Mombasa Evening Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Velvet Small Mombasa Evening Bag Made In: Italy Color: Black Hardware: Antiqued silvertone Materials: Velvet and metal Lining: Black silk Closure/Openin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

YSL Fuchsia Leather Wristlet Small Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Yves Saint Laurent hot pink leather wrestle bag. Great for casual outing . Handle 6". Comes with original box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Pouches and Wristlets

NWOT YSL Yves Saint Laurent Black Ostrich Small Sac Du Jour Handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Philadelphia, PA
NWOT YSL Yves Saint Laurent Black Ostrich Small Sac Du Jour Handbag in excellent condition. Black ostrich leather exterior trimmed with gold hardware and a removable matching ostrich...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent "In Love Again" Black Red Heart Handle Bag YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Passementerie Lucite Handle Bag. The heart handles are a glossy red lucite, and the body of the bag is black and beautifully woven mix of three different t...
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1980s Top Handle Bags

Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Disc Beaded Fringe Wood Top Handle Hand Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Disc Beaded Fringe Wood Top Handle Hand Bag Measurements: Total Height: 24 inches (60.96 cm) handle and fringes included Width: 14 6/8 inches (37.46 c...
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20th Century Top Handle Bags

Yves Saint Laurent Paris Poudre Ecrin Crystal Heart Jeweled Compact YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Montreal, QC
Yves Saint Laurent Paris Crystal Jewel Heart Compact YSL Gold plated Yves Saint Laurent Heart shaped Poudre Ecrin - Jewel Powder Compact, center set with a Heart Crystal Rhinestone ...
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1980s Wallets and Small Accessories

Tom Ford for YSL Black Velvet Mombasa Bag with Rhinestone Handle
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This unique Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent black velvet Mombasa bag has a thick and textured tapered silver handle with large rhinestones. On the inside, there is a zippered compart...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Silk Satin Ribbon Bow Evening Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Adorable YSL black silk ribbon evening bag in excellent condition. Black silk exterior trimmed with a black lace up design along the top front flap, circled velvet covered shoulder ...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche by Tom Ford Mombasa Velvet Evening Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Switzerland, CH
RARE COLLECTOR'S ITEM BY TOM FORD FOR YVES SAINT LAURENT'S ULTRAFAMOUS 2002 COLLECTION Yves Saint Laurent Mombasa bag Designed by Tom Ford for his collection at YSl Beautiful sof...
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Early 2000s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Yves Saint Laurent YSL "Opium" Gold Metal Tassel Minaudière Box Bag 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Munich, DE
Iconic 1980s "Opium" Yves Saint Laurent gold metal minaudière box bag with silk cord shoulder strap and tassel detailing. The bag features a rigid cylindric exterior sculpted from a ...
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1980s Evening Bags and Minaudières

1970s Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Navy Blue Leather YSL Shoulder Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a really timeless vintage 1970's Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche designer handbag in navy blue grain leather with a fabric shoulder strap. The bag has a front flap closure and...
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1970s Structured Shoulder Bags

YVES SAINT LAURENT S/S 2004 "St Tropez" YSL Burnt Orange Leather Ruffle Hobo Bag
By Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Thiensville, WI
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2004 "Saint Tropez" burnt orange leather ruffed hobo bag designed by Tom Ford. Burnt orange leather multi-tiered ruffle body. Single twisted leather ...
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Early 2000s Hobo Bags

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Waxed Canvas Leather Crossbody YSL Shoulder Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Perfect vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT cross body bag, or shoulder bag! This handbag features multi colored waxed canvas, with a red leather strap. Plenty of room to fit all the necessit...
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Late 20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Saint Laurent YSL Vicky Small Black Velvet Monogram Matelasse Gold Crossbody Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kiev, UA
Brand: Saint Laurent Size: Small (6.75 x 5.75 x 2.75 inch) (15 * 17 * 7 cm) Name: Vicky Color: Black Style: Crossbody Material: Velvet YSL monogram gold metal logo on front Flap...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Pink Passementerie Yellow Tassel Shoulder Bag ,1990s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Styled with hyperbolic and brightly colored hats, Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 1993 collection showcased the classic Saint Laurent aesthetic by merging a variety of textures, c...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Beige Leather Vincennes Mombasa Bag rt. $1,950
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent Beige Leather Vincennes Mombasa Made In: Year of Production: 2005 Color: Beige Hardware: Antiqued goldtone Materials: Leather and metal Lining: Fine textile Closu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

YSL Monogram Gray Patent Leather Wristlet w/ Gold Metal Chain and Hardware
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Houston, TX
Make: Yves Saint Laurent Place of Manufacture: Italy Color: Gray and gold Materials: Patent leather and gold tone metal Condition: Very good minor use condition Type: Wristlet ...
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Early 2000s Pouches and Wristlets

Saint Laurent YSL Black White Leather Classic Baby Duffle Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Irvine, CA
Black and white Cheetah print leather Saint Laurent YSL Classic Baby Duffle bag with silver-tone hardware, dual rolled top handles, foil-stamped logo at front, protective feet at bas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Duffel Bags and Carry-On Bags

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Chinoiserie Tassel Purse
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage rare 1977 Chinese Collection passementerie silk tassel purse bag. Green silk body adorned with a massive red passementerie ornament. Green and red silk...
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1970s Evening Bags and Minaudières

YVES SAINT LAURENT YSL 2005 Collection "Jeweled Sac Venise" Clutch Handbag Purse
By Stefano Pilati, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Thiensville, WI
Yves Saint Laurent YSL'S 2005 "Jeweled Sac Venise Clutch". Crafted of black velvet. The flap has a gold leather Byzantine cross surrounded by brass studs and embellished with red rhi...
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Early 2000s Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Collectible Black Suede Tassel Shoulder Bag Purse, 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Munich, DE
This adorable, rare Yves Saint Laurent pentagonal shoulder or crossbody bag is made from soft black suede featuring a racing green leather stitchery with gold-tone studs and an overs...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

YSL Purple Patent "YSL" Logo Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Beach, FL
YSL Purple Patent "YSL" Logo Clutch. This beautifully simple clutch is in excellent condition. It features a front snap closure, a stitched "YSL" logo embossed on the front, and a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

YSL Blue Patent "YSL" Logo Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Beach, FL
YSL Blue Patent "YSL" Logo Clutch. This beautifully simple clutch is in excellent condition. It features a front snap closure, a stitched "YSL" logo embossed on the front, and a s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

YSL Black Resin Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
YSL Logo hard resin minaudiere/clutch with thin leather shoulder strip by Tom Ford. Thin profile with one mirrored side in the interior. Hidden closure clasp closure. Sleek and funct...
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1990s Handbags and Purses

YSL Black Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Athens, GA
YSL Black Clutch. Brand new with tag. Will fit phone and wallet. Classic style. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

YSL Leopard Backpack
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Athens, GA
Yves Saint Laurent Big backpack in leopard style fur. Just purchased this year. Retail with tax over $3500. Roomy size backpack with leopard print on fur. Like new condition. Used on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

YSL Fuchsia Fringed Suede Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
YSL fuchsia suede, double sided fringed, soft bag with round black plastic handle.<br /> Bag has double side interior pockets to put your things in.
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1980s Handbags and Purses

YSL Grey patent leather handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Antwerp, BE
Supple Yves Saint Laurent patent leather handbag in grey with gold hardware. Big compartment and one side pouch.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Handbags and Purses

  • YSL Grey patent leather handbag
  • YSL Grey patent leather handbag
  • YSL Grey patent leather handbag
  • YSL Grey patent leather handbag
H 11.82 in. W 13.78 in. D 7.88 in.
YSL Ostrich Envelope Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
YSL envelope clutch made from the skins of ostrich legs.<br /> The bag is entirely lined in leather.
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1980s Clutches

  • YSL Ostrich  Envelope Clutch
  • YSL Ostrich  Envelope Clutch
  • YSL Ostrich  Envelope Clutch
  • YSL Ostrich  Envelope Clutch
H 6 3/4 in. W 8 3/4 in. D 1 1/2 in.
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Ysl Purse For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary ysl purse you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Black, Red, Brown and protectString (more) in stock now. You’re likely to find the perfect ysl purse among the distinctive accessories we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. An accessory like this designed by Yves Saint Laurent, Saint Laurent and Tom Ford — each of whom created a beautiful version of this treasured item — is worth considering. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much is a Ysl Purse?

Prices for a ysl purse can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $180 and can go as high as $8,800, while, on average they fetch $1,075.

yves-saint-laurent Biography and Important Works

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent pioneered “cross-design” in fashion, taking inspiration from street trends to modernize haute couture.

Saint Laurent was the first to launch a ready-to-wear label, YSL Rive Gauche Prêt-à-Porter. He was the first couturier to open boutiques for both men and women. Using traditional menswear fabrics and designs for women, Saint Laurent also literally cross-dressed, giving men and women alike chic pant suits, elegant tuxedo jackets and urban safari gear. By blurring gender-specific design, he empowered individual style while creating a scissor-sharp fashion aesthetic of sensual ease and beauty. Many of his designs are today considered timeless classics.

Born to French parents in Oran, Algeria, in 1936, Saint Laurent went to Paris at age 17 to study fashion at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Just two years later, in 1955, his remarkable sketches were shown to Christian Dior, then the world’s reigning couturier, who hired him immediately.

Surprisingly soon thereafter, Dior publicly chose Saint Laurent as his successor, which sadly proved prescient when the fashion legend died unexpectedly, in 1957. A mere slip of a youth, the 21-year-old Saint Laurent was nevertheless up to the challenge. He shook the traditional couture clientele to its core with youthful silhouettes and styles like the A-line trapeze dress that hung with seeming effortlessness from the shoulders, the antithesis of the pinched waists and molded skirts that had been all the rage after the deprivations of World War II.

After a mandated spell in the torturous French military, Saint Laurent suffered a nervous breakdown and was dismissed by Dior in 1962. Out of the ashes rose the Age of Yves. With Pierre Bergé, his then-lover who became his lifelong business partner and friend, the designer founded Yves Saint Laurent YSL to encompass prêt-à-porter, or ready-to-wear. In 1966, they opened the first YSL Rive Gauche women’s boutique in Paris, followed soon thereafter by YSL Rive Gauche for men. Saint Laurent had given birth to a global brand.

His revolutionary Mondrian mini dress from 1965 is a core element of his fashion biography. It is a prime example of how Saint Laurent, an avid art lover and collector, looked to painters, from Goya to Picasso, Ingres to Matisse, for inspiration.

With its pure lines and hues, Mondrian’s ground-breaking 1935 color-block painting Composition C transmutes beautifully into a dress that is highly valued by collectors of contemporary fashion and widely copied commercially to this day. The design is the epitome of Saint Laurent’s aesthetic, requiring a meticulous hand piecing of each color block so that, despite the body’s curves, the visual plain is as flat as a canvas when the garment is worn. Mondrian’s purity met its match in Saint Laurent.

In Yves Saint Laurent: The Impossible Collection (Assouline, 2020), the Mondrian dress is shown worn on the cover of Paris Vogue, as well as on British Sudanese model Alek Wek in a photographic trifold by Christoph Sillem from 1998. Saint Laurent consistently used Black models, like Mounia, Iman and Naomi Campbell, and he drew endless inspiration from different ethnicities and cultures, in no small part because of his Algerian roots.

Browse an extraordinary collection of Yves Saint Laurent evening dresses, shirts and more today on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Handbags and Purses for You

An integral part of fashion, handbags and purses have been indispensable accessories ever since we began to carry around personal items. Level of craftsmanship, style and shape matters — from coin purses in ancient Greece to early 20th-century opera bags and onward, handbags have evolved considerably over the years to meet our needs and desires, whether or not you happen to be prioritizing functionality over a flashy exterior.

Once, a single “It” handbag ruled each fashion season. No more. Today, handbag lovers are savvier and have a wider range of shopping options. Nevertheless, classic bags still rule.

“It is not a fashion bag — it is a statement bag,” says Mightychic's Debra Kent of Hermès's widely beloved accessories. “When you carry an iconic Hermès bag — Birkin, Kelly, Constance — no one knows how long you have been into this culture or if you are a newbie. Your status is validated immediately.”

First released in 1997, Fendi's Baguette rose to fame along with Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City character portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Recently, the design has seen such a resurgence in popularity that Fendi has reissued it.

They are part of design history, so owning a handbag has meaning. As New York–based fashion historian Sarah C. Byrd says, “You have made the choice to invest in this piece because you understand the value of it in the past and in the future to come.”

From a 1980s Chanel black leather quilted mini buckle bag to the rare Hermès Birkin 30cm Himalayan with diamond hardware to a range of 19th century bags, find a rich variety of vintage and designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.