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Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

French, 1936-2008

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.

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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 Yves Saint Laurent 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 Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Chic Black Satin Clutch Bag c 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in University City, MO
Yves Saint Laurent Black satin clutch bag c 1980s The elegant clutch is adorned with Saint Laurent's iconic restrained YSL initials on a gilt metal plate on the front flap cover. The...
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Late 20th Century Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

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 Yves Saint Laurent 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 Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

2000s Yves Saint Laurent Smoking Box with Lighter
By Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
YVES SAINT LAURENT SMOKING BOX WITH LIGHTER Amazing vintage smoking box and purse from Yves Saint Laurent designed by Tom Ford in the late 90s/early 00s. Silver tone metal ware, blac...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Black Shimmer Glitter And Suede Y-Ligne Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Y-Ligne clutch from Yves Saint Laurent is a splendid creation that you must own. It has been wonderfully crafted from black shimmer glitter and suede with a gold-toned 'Y' accen...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

1980s Yves Saint Laurent/YSL Leather and Canvas Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1980s Yves Saint Lauren tan leather and beige canvas clutch/wristlet. Rectangular shape with tan leather trim and horizontal stripes of tan leather. Middle stripe is embossed with gr...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Fuchsia Patent Leather Belle De Jour Flap Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Belle De Jour clutch by Saint Laurent is a creation that is not only stylish but also exceptionally well-made. It is a design that is simple and sophisticated, just right for the...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Purple Patent Leather Belle De Jour Flap Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Belle de Jour clutch by Saint Laurent is a creation that is not only stylish but also exceptionally well-made. It is a design that is simple and sophisticated, just right for the...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Red Leather Y-Ligne Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This classic Y-Ligne clutch from Saint Laurent is ideal for all your fashionable outings! Crafted from leather, the clutch is detailed with a gold-tone Y motif snap closure on the fr...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Suede And Sequins Fringe Flap Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Get ready to outshine others with this glamorous clutch by Yves Saint Laurent that keeps you modern on all occasions. The black clutch is crafted from suede and enhanced with sequins...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Gold Leather Kate Monogram Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
With a classic and chic style, this Yves Saint Laurent Kate clutch will take a special place in your collection for years to come. Crafted in Italy, it is made from gold leather and ...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Magenta Patent Leather Belle De Jour Flap Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Belle De Jour clutch by Saint Laurent is a creation that is not only stylish but also exceptionally well-made. It is a design that is simple and sophisticated, just right for the...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

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 Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Chocolate Leather Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Montreal, Quebec
COLOR: Brown MATERIAL: Leather MEASURES: H 7” x L 10” x D 2.5” EST. RETAIL: $800 CONDITION: Good - bag is clean with exterior signs of use. Scratches. Scuffs. Marks.
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20th Century Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Green Patent Leather Belle De Jour Flap Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Belle De Jour clutch by Saint Laurent is a creation that is not only stylish but also exceptionally well-made. It is a design that is simple and sophisticated, just right for the...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Rare Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent S/S 2002 Runway Brown Ring Leather Clutch
By Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Montgomery, TX
Very Rare dark brown leather Clutch with brass hardware designed by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent dating to Spring of 2002. Measurements: L - 14 inches, H - 4 inches. N 95928-00092...
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Early 2000s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

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 Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Enamel Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Enamel Clutch Made in France Golden Tan Circular enamel details with rhinestone crystals Interior lined in purple satin Snap closure Good condition; Preloved...
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21st Century and Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Fuchsia Leather Y-Ligne Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Y-Ligne clutch by Saint Laurent is a creation that is not only stylish but also exceptionally well-made. It is a design that is simple and sophisticated, just right for the woman...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Black Textured Leather Document Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Document clutch by Yves Saint Laurent is a creation that is not only stylish but also exceptionally well-made. It is a design that is simple and sophisticated, just right for the...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Tom Ford Yves Saint Laurent FW 2001 Clutch
By Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Score yourself some incredible Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent with our clutch from the Fall/Winter 2001 collection! Long rectangular black leather clutch with silver grommet details...
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Early 2000s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

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 Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

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 Yves Saint Laurent 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 Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

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 Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

YVES SAINT LAURENT Clutch in Brown Ostrich Leg Leather
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Yves Saint Laurent clutch in brown ostrich leg leather. The interior is in smooth brown leather with a zipped pocket and a patch pocket. Will be delivered in a Valois Vintage Paris...
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Late 20th Century Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

New Yves Saint Laurent YSL Gold Wrap Sunglasses W/ Case
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Leesburg, VA
Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses Brand New *Stunning in Gold Wrap * Rose Gradient Lenses * Super Lightweight * Seen on MANY Stars * Gold Hardware * Made in Italy * 100% UVA/UVB Protecti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Silver/Gold Leather Belle De Jour Flap Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Belle de Jour clutch by Yves Saint Laurent is a creation that is not only stylish but also exceptionally well-made. It is a design that is simple and sophisticated, just right fo...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Fuchsia Patent Leather Belle De Jour Flap Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Belle De Jour clutch by Saint Laurent is a creation that is not only stylish but also exceptionally well-made. It is a design that is simple and sophisticated, just right for the...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Olive Green Patent Leather Y-Ligne Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Classy and super stylish, this clutch is a Saint Laurent creation. It has been luxuriously crafted from olive green patent leather and shaped to complement all your elegant outfits. ...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent Suede and Sequins Fringe Flap Clutch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Yves Saint Laurent clutch is just the right accessory to compliment your ensemble. It comes crafted in black suede and decorated with sequins all over. It has a satin-suede inte...
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2010s Yves Saint Laurent Clutches

Yves Saint Laurent clutches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Yves Saint Laurent clutches. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of red, pink and other tones. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga and Christian Dior appealing. 1stDibs features haute couture, vintage and designer Yves Saint Laurent clutches from top boutiques around the world. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $300 and tops out at $2,650, while the average work can sell for $932.

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