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Yves Saint Laurent Mombasa Beige Leather Handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent Mombasa Beige Leather Handbag This Mombasa purse features a textured grainy leather, completed with the bag's signature horn accented with a silver hardware hand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Yves Saint Laurent Mombasa Beige Leather Handbag
  • Yves Saint Laurent Mombasa Beige Leather Handbag
  • Yves Saint Laurent Mombasa Beige Leather Handbag
  • Yves Saint Laurent Mombasa Beige Leather Handbag
H 11.42 in. D 3.15 in. L 14.18 in.
Yves Saint Laurent Classic Y Ligue Black Clutch Handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Columbia, MO
Brand - Yves Saint Laurent Collection - Classic Y Ligue Estimated Retail - $750.00 Style - Clutch Material - Calfskin Leather Color - Black Closure - Snap Hardware Material - Goldton...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Large Sac De Jour Handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This Yves Saint Laurent large handbag is crafted of black leather, and features accordian sides, which balloon out towards the bottom of the bag. The two top handles sit upright, rea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Handbag in Burgundy Suede Leather
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
This small vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT bag is in burgundy suede leather lined with red silk stitching. The hardware is in gilded metal. Magnetic button closure. The interior include...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Yves Saint Laurent Y Rock Leather Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent Y-studded leather clutch - Black, lightly grained leather - Gunmetal and gold-tone metal stud embellished - Y panelled front - Front and back slip pockets - Zi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

  • Yves Saint Laurent Y Rock Leather Clutch
  • Yves Saint Laurent Y Rock Leather Clutch
  • Yves Saint Laurent Y Rock Leather Clutch
  • Yves Saint Laurent Y Rock Leather Clutch
H 6.89 in. D 1.78 in. L 10.24 in.
Yves Saint Laurent Shoulder Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Shoulder bag by Yves Saint Laurent Black Suede Patent leather top flap Braided faux leather strap Black large circular stone embellishment on front White small stone embellishment...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

2002 Yves Saint Laurent 'Mombasa' Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toronto, Ontario
2002 Yves Saint Laurent ‘Mombasa’ silver horn handle bag. Black cotton canvas bag is trimmed in black leather with silver hardware. Leather flap has a magnetic fastening and single z...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • 2002 Yves Saint Laurent 'Mombasa' Bag
  • 2002 Yves Saint Laurent 'Mombasa' Bag
  • 2002 Yves Saint Laurent 'Mombasa' Bag
  • 2002 Yves Saint Laurent 'Mombasa' Bag
H 14.5 in. D 3 in. L 16 in.
YVES SAINT LAURENT beige SHEARLING Shoulder Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Zürich, CH
Yves Saint Laurent shearling shoulder bag in beige and camel leather. Two outside pockets on the side. Opens with two magnetic buttons under the buckles and is lined in dark brown ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

YVES SAINT LAURENT beige leather PYTHON MUSE LARGE Shoulder Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Zürich, CH
Yves Saint Laurent 'Muse Large' bag in taupe and dark brown snakeskin and khaki calfskin with black leather trimmings. Opens with a zipper on top and is lined in black canvas with on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Vintage Yves St Laurent Monogram Garment Carrier Bag, Hanging Cabin Case
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Vintage Yves St Laurent Monogram Garment Carrier Bag, Hanging Cabin Case Very rare dating from the 1980s Made in Waterproof Coated blue and tan tweed fabric covered with the well k...
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1990s Garment Bags

YVES SAINT LAURENT Shoulder Bag in Brown Velvet Calfskin
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT shoulder bag in brown velvet calfskin. Gilt metal hardware. The interior is in suede calfskin also with a leather pocket. Serial number: 001 7... Worn on shoulder...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Yves Saint Laurent Camel Suede Mini Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Yves Saint Laurent camel suede mini draped tote bag featuring a magnetic fastening, a main internal compartment, a full lining, an internal slip pocket, an internal logo stamp, a dra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

  • Yves Saint Laurent Camel Suede Mini Bag
  • Yves Saint Laurent Camel Suede Mini Bag
  • Yves Saint Laurent Camel Suede Mini Bag
  • Yves Saint Laurent Camel Suede Mini Bag
H 3.94 in. D 1.97 in. L 6.3 in.
Yves Saint Laurent Black Leather Silver tone Hardware Satchel
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Capri, IT
Yves Saint Laurent Black Leather Silver tone Hardware Satchel
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

YVES SAINT LAURENT Mini Bag in Gilded Leather
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Yves Saint Laurent mini bag in gold leather. Zip closure. The interior is in brown satin with a small patch pocket. Double adjustable handle. In very good condition. Dimensions : H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • YVES SAINT LAURENT Mini Bag in Gilded Leather
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT Mini Bag in Gilded Leather
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT Mini Bag in Gilded Leather
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT Mini Bag in Gilded Leather
H 5.71 in. D 2.76 in. L 8.27 in.
YVES SAINT LAURENT Bag in Brown Python Leather
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Yves Saint Laurent bag in brown python. It is carried by hand using a double handle. The interior is in brown fabric with a zipped pocket.
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • YVES SAINT LAURENT Bag in Brown Python Leather
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT Bag in Brown Python Leather
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT Bag in Brown Python Leather
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT Bag in Brown Python Leather
H 10.24 in. D 2.37 in. L 12.6 in.
Yves Saint Laurent Black Patent Monogram Large Belle De Jour Clutch Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
YSL 2012 Textured Black Patent Monogram Large Belle De Jour Clutch Made In: Italy Year of Production: 2012 Color: Black Materials: Patent leather Lining: Satin textile Closure/Openi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Tan Woven Mombasa Horn Bag 30cm
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent - Tan Woven Mombasa Hobo Bag - leather adjustable strap - Deer Horn Handle - magnetic closure - silver hardware - small pocket inside with zip fastening Please n...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Yves Saint Laurent Tan Woven Mombasa Horn Bag 30cm
  • Yves Saint Laurent Tan Woven Mombasa Horn Bag 30cm
  • Yves Saint Laurent Tan Woven Mombasa Horn Bag 30cm
  • Yves Saint Laurent Tan Woven Mombasa Horn Bag 30cm
H 12.6 in. D 10.24 in. L 11.82 in.
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 Pink Suede Lips Clutch Evening Bag Tom Ford Era
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Rome, Rome
MATERIAL: Suede COLOR: Pink MODEL: Clutch GENDER: Women SIZE: Small Condition A :EXCELLENT CONDITION - Used once or twice. Looks mint. Imperceptible signs of wear may be present due ...
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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 Mombasa Black Vintage Tote Bag 42cm
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent Mombasa Black Vintage Tote Bag - Rive Gauche - Silver-tone metal hardware - Large front pocket with two buckles, external zip pocket and two elasticated pockets e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Yves Saint Laurent Pink Leather Saint-Tropez Shoulder Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Yves Saint Laurent pink leather Saint-Tropez shoulder bag featuring featuring a leather shoulder strap (32cm), silver-tone hardware inside brown suede leather lining, a metallic snap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

YVES SAINT LAURENT Minaudière in Purple Fabric and Metal
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
YSL minaudière in purple fabric and silver plated metal. Signed YSL on its opening button. It is rectangular and dressed in purple fabric. Initially perfectly adapted to your cigaret...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

YVES SAINT LAURENT Brown Stitched Leather Flap Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
YVES SAINT LAURENT crossbody bag comes in curve cut panelled brown leather with a top flap, top stitch details, thick strap, and side details. Wear throughout leather and interior. A...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Yves Saint Laurent Black leather with Heavy silver Hardware Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent black calfskin leather handbag is accented with a detailed heavy silver hardware handle etched with vine leafs and grapes. The straps can be adjusted if desired on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Yves Saint Laurent black suede and leather bag with fringed wood beading
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very interesting black suede and leather handbag with wooden beading and brass hardware from Yves Saint Laurent dating to the early 2000's. Approximate measurements: 12" wide by 12" ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder 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

Yves Saint Laurent Black and Gold Hardware Shoulder Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Shoulder Bag with gold circular link hardware and tassel detail. Zipper Top and adjustable strap
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent lucite evening bag, 2003
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare clear lucite evening bag with rhinestones lined in black satin with black velvet strap designed by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent dating to Fall 2003. Bag measures just ov...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

Saint Laurent Baby Sac De Jour Gray Leather Handbag Purse
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Signature Saint Laurent Sac de Jour bag in gray. This classic bag features tubular handles, side gussets with compression tabs. Long removable adjustable shoulder strap. Saint Lau...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Yves Saint Laurent Leopard Print Pony Hair Leather Tote with Two Handles
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Exceptional Yves Saint Laurent pony hair leather printed as leopard skin has two brown leather handles and large flap with 2 wooden charms at closure. All around the flap you will d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Yves Saint Laurent Blue Leather Muse II Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Paris, FR
Yves Saint Laurent Muse II bag in two-tone green and blue leather. Gilded metal hardware. The lining is in ecru canvas. There are 3 compartments. There is also an outside pocket tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Yves Saint Laurent Blue Leather Muse II Bag
  • Yves Saint Laurent Blue Leather Muse II Bag
  • Yves Saint Laurent Blue Leather Muse II Bag
  • Yves Saint Laurent Blue Leather Muse II Bag
H 11.42 in. D 6.3 in. L 14.57 in.
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

Yves Saint Laurent Red Downtown Tote Bag
By Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent Red Downtown Tote Bag - Red tote bag in lacquer red - Gold-tone hardware - Leather handles - Short side zipper closure - Two side buttoned pockets wit zappers for...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche Clutch in Leopard Printed Satin and Rhinestones
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful and trendy! Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche clutch in leopard print satin set with rose gold rhinestones and rhinestones covered with leopard printed silk. In very good con...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Womens Designer SAINT LAURENT Classic Baby Duffle Red Leather Handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Gorgeous Baby Duffle small crossbody bag by YSL in red with silver studded detail for sale. A preloved bag in Good condition. There are marks on the inside of the bag and outside lea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Yves Saint Laurent Belle De Jour Patent Leather Zip Around Wallet NWOT
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Capri, IT
Yves Saint Laurent Belle De Jour Patent Leather Zip Around Wallet NWOT Never used, still with tags and box
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets

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

SAINT LAURENT City Mini Backpack
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Urban and glamorous, this compact Saint Laurent backpack is covered with glittering black sequins enhanced by other silver sequins forming the legendary YSL logo. The finishes are in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

  • SAINT LAURENT City Mini Backpack
  • SAINT LAURENT City Mini Backpack
  • SAINT LAURENT City Mini Backpack
  • SAINT LAURENT City Mini Backpack
H 10.24 in. D 4.73 in. L 13.78 in.
Yves Saint Laurent White Crocodile Leather Downtown Satchel Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
This spacious off-white leather downtown satchel bag from Yves Saint Laurent Vintage features an embossed crocodile effect, a trapeze body, zipper gussets gold-tone hardware. The ope...
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21st Century and Contemporary Duffel Bags and Carry-On Bags

Saint Laurent F/W 16 Embellished Crossbody Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
The most magical embellished bag from Saint Laurent's Fall/Winter 2016 collection! Made of a soft black leather and decorated all over with rhinestones, bows, stars, moons, lips and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

  • Saint Laurent F/W 16 Embellished Crossbody Clutch
  • Saint Laurent F/W 16 Embellished Crossbody Clutch
  • Saint Laurent F/W 16 Embellished Crossbody Clutch
  • Saint Laurent F/W 16 Embellished Crossbody Clutch
H 6 in. W 1.5 in. D 5 in. L 9.5 in.
Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Black Suede Mombassa Bag 35cm
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford - Black Suede Mombassa Shoulder Bag - Gold hardware - suede panels - gold decorative horn handle - runched opening - gold ball embellishments - r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Purple Satin Mombasa Bag
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Purple Satin Mombasa Bag. This shoulder bag is purple with a black enamel handle. The handle has silver metal detail an dis attached by chocolate brow...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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

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

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

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

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

Yves Saint Laurent Muse Handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Cincinnati, OH
Yves Saint Laurent chocolate brown Muse handbag.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Handbags and Purses

  • Yves Saint Laurent Muse Handbag
  • Yves Saint Laurent Muse Handbag
  • Yves Saint Laurent Muse Handbag
  • Yves Saint Laurent Muse Handbag
H 11 in. D 5 in. L 17 in.
Yves Saint Laurent "Muse" Handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Iconic Muse bag Leather Brown color Golden metal hardware Two handles Zip closure Zip pocket inside and phone holder Cm 42 x 28 x 14 (16.5 x 11 x 5.5 inches) Angles not in perfect co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Yves Saint Laurent "Muse" Handbag
  • Yves Saint Laurent "Muse" Handbag
  • Yves Saint Laurent "Muse" Handbag
  • Yves Saint Laurent "Muse" Handbag
H 11.03 in. D 5.52 in. L 16.54 in.
Yves Saint Laurent Ruffled St. Tropez Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Port Hope, ON
This lovely Yves St. Laurent bag is in new condition and constructed of buttery soft ruffled leather with silver hardware. It has an inside snap closure. This bag is a perfect shap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Handbags and Purses

Yves Saint Laurent Metallic Gold Handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent Metallic Gold Handbag - Gold foil and grained leather - Magnetic snap fastening - Sliding chain shoulder strap, can be doubled for a shorter length - Internal ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Yves St. Laurent Purple Suede Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
YSl purple suede clutch bag with zipper closure and fringed tassel pull. Front of bag has a "Y" made of gold toned studs.
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1980s Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Cincinnati, OH
Yves Saint Laurent Muse Two Flap Bag,crocodile embossed suede on front,pebbled leather on top flap and sides,side canvas trim,golden hardware and inside linen canvas lining and zip d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Handbags and Purses

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H 11 in. W 15 in. D 6 3/4 in.
Yves Saint laurent
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Cincinnati, OH
Yves Saint laurent raffia handbag,chocolate brown suede lining and one interior pocket.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Handbags and Purses

Yves Saint Laurent Black Leather Nadja Rose Handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- This Yves Saint Laurent Nadja Rose features a black leather body with an oversized rose detail, a flat leather strap, a top magnetic closure, and interior zip and slip pockets. -...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Yves St. Laurent blue + gold leather envelope clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
YSl dark navy "envelope" clutch bag with detachable shoulder strap and gold leather whip stitch detail.
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1980s Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Blue Muse Nubuck Embossed Croc Handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Blue Muse Nubuck Embossed Croc handbag by Yves Saint Laurent. Gold-tone hardware. Interior pockets. Dual top handles. Zip closure at top. 17" length, 13" height, 6" ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Yves St Laurent RIve Gauche black Chinoiserie evening handbag
By Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Yves St Laurent RIve gauche black Chinoiserie evening handbag...Black suede bag has a patent leather top flap with "wave" stitch texture design, an element of early Chinese art & bel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

Yves Saint Laurent Muse Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Port Hope, ON
Yves Saint Laurent Muse Bag in shimmering gold leather with lock and key. Studded bottom. Comfortable handle. Iconic Y stitched into design.
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21st Century and Contemporary Handbags and Purses

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.


Other highly coveted collectibles poured from his imagination, such as the black crocodile motorcycle jacket, an early intimation of Saint Laurent’s passion for subverting — or is it obverting? — street style, which was then dominated by the anti-bourgeois beatniks of Paris’s Rive Gauche.


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. (One of the pattern cutters, according to Saint Laurent expert and fashion journalist Laurence Benaïm, was another renowned perfectionist: a young Azzadine Alaia!)


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.


At his best, like any artist, Saint Laurent used his nervous energy to feed his fertile imagination with all that inspired him. Creation gave him momentary peace, his confidence unassailable. “Nowhere is Saint Laurent more excessive than in his talent,” Cathy Horyn penetratingly noted in the New York Times in 2000.


And no historical haute couture collection is more excessive than Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 1988 line. Entirely hand embroidered by Lesage on 273 yards of ribbon, it took 670 hours, 250,000 sequins in 22 colors and 250,000 pearls to make. Among the most expensive couture garments ever, the “Sunflowers” version sold for $450,000 in 2019 at Christie’s in Paris.


“I am no longer concerned with sensation and innovation, but with the perfection of my style,” Saint Laurent said four years before retiring, in 2002. After a long period of ill health, he died at his home in Paris on June 1, 2008. He was 71.


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

Finding the Right Handbags Purses Bags 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 designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.