YSL Croc-Embossed Chain Tassel Clutch

Fashion, Review

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Have you heard of girls declaring unconditional love towards their very first designer purchase even when the poor things had distress and age written all over? Well, I never fully understood this concept of sentimental value till I scored mine nearly a year ago with the “YSL Croc-embossed Tassel Chain Clutch” (what a mouthful to say). Yes, I enjoyed the YSL blogger bag and longed day and night for the Celine belt bag but this is the true baby of my tiny collection. Different to the YSL blogger bag post I made last year, this post will be a full-year review on the bag which hopefully will be more complete and insightful. Skipping the formalities, I am going to list down the pros and cons then add my thoughts and opinion as well.

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Bag Description:

It is a croc-skin embossed calfskin bag, with silver metal chain going through the two loops on the top and fringy tassel attached to the YSL logo on the flap. The bag has a single-compartment with an inner pocket and round magnetic closure, dimension (24×14.5×5.5). This make the interior very simple and hollow, hence very light-weight despite its boxy structure. Though labelled a ‘clutch’ I don’t really see it as one due to the size and functionality but refer more to the verdict to find out why.

 What fits inside:

As much as I want to glorify this bag (because I love it so much!), I have to be honest that the width and sturdiness restrict its capacity a little. You can definitely still fit a lot inside though, a portable battery, small organiser, or a couple extra makeup products but try to avoid over-stuffing to preserve the shape.

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Verdict:

I am overly lenient towards the pro but I am going to mention the cons of the bags as well for a more objective review.

Negatives:

  • Categorised as more structured, the bag is not the most malleable out there.
  • Unavoidable swinging movement lead to times when the tassel caught on to the logo.
  • Visibility of small indentation caused by the tassel. This is probably if you often store it in a lying down position as I did.
  • The bag might not appear casual-occasion friendly to some people, probably more fitting for fancier events.
  • Strong magnetic closure means opening the flap requires a bit of tugging which can bother some and also more noticeable wear on the leather surrounding the closure.
  • When worn as a clutch, the chain which is tucked inside the bag often annoyingly slips out because there is no actual way to secure it in.
  • Non-adjustable chain means the bag will hang on different heights and we know one size does not fit all.

Positives:

  • Though shaped like a rectangle, the bag is not overly boxy and ‘harsh’ looking.
  • Highly, highly durable material! The croc stamping camouflages the wrinkles that is given with the closure. (On the brighter side, it is theft-free and easy to close!)
  • Looks amazing!! One, the tassel being the highlight of the bag adds a very unique and elongating touch to the bag. Second, the croc-embossed version projects a rougher and edgier vibe compared to smooth leather and so more versatile than you can expect.
  • Functionality meet versatility as the bag can be worn three ways; on the shoulder, cross body and as a clutch.
  • Minimal observed scratches on the silverware and indentation on the skin.
  • Way lighter then what it appears to be and metal chain does not dig into your shoulder at all.

“Worn three different ways by Samantha Maria”

                  My experience:

The struggle was real with writing the pros and cons as with each cons noted I can always find a supporting argument against it.  I never really sat down and examine every inch of the bag nor critically analyse the purpose behind the design but I am now assured I could not have made a better choice! It fits perfectly in size and functionality between my blogger and belt bag, the medium go-to I would say. Here are some personal thoughts on mine.

  • Wear and tear: Still looks brand new but each their own as I do take good care  without excessive babying.
  • Size and fit: It is always spacious enough, a definite plus as the blogger bag really fits minimal stuff
  • Aesthetic: Definitely a statement bag without being overly in-your-face. The logo is definitely catching eyes but it is not overly-branded so it’s a bit subtler and classy.
  • Use: My preferred way of wearing it is cross body with the bag resting just nicely on my hip. This bag adds the perfect dosage of sophistication to make you look more put together.
  • Price worth: Bought this for around 2400 SGD last year without much comparison or options at the time. I dare say it is a step below the ‘Chanel Boy’ minus the weight, dollars but the attached brand value ofc.
  • Resell worth:  Never seen the bag on any resell market like Vestiare Collective so it’s either due to low resell prices or as I like to think people love it too much to let it go! But anyway, this is easily not a ‘commercial investment piece’.

The croc-embossed is perhaps an older version but the design is on of YSL’s classics along with Sac de Jour. The world is your oyster with this bag! You won’t believe how many versions exist out there. You can go for either the medium or small, chain or pure clutches (which are slightly longer), tassel v no tassel, different textures (smooth, grainy, croc-embossed, patterned), different colours (neutrals, metallic, glitter) and different hardware.

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Just a few picks from their broad selection

 

For different styling inspiration, look for heyyyjune and definitely Samantha Maria! Take my words that you’ll be surprised at how she can showcase the versatility of this bag. I won’t blame you if you suddenly want one

 

Here are some other great style inspo on amazing girls owning the looks!

Substitutes:

If you are on the hunt for a cross body/clutch of similar design but don’t think this bag is for you, I have found a few others which you might want to consider. There are endless options out there including dupes or similar designs from high street brands so persevere on with the search and I’m sure you will find the one for you

  1. LV Chain Louise

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  1. YSL Envelope WOC

 

  1. Balenciaga clutch

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At this point some of you might be sick of the endless luxury bag posts that I’ve written on this blog. Though I enjoy occasional treats of branded goods, I am in no position to be spending grands monthly on designer pieces and this is not the main direction I’m planning to lead my blog towards. So keep an eye on if you are interested in anything from health, fitness, beauty, fashion and even studying abroad life!

If you are interested in the bag/ something similar, I’ve short-listed some great options you can find online:)

  1. YSL Official website:

These are identical and in the only two sizes available. The price difference is pretty small so I’ll definitely size up! Refer for detailed description but they are not the cheapest options (*continue scrolling)

2.  Farfetch:

Definitely take advantage of the 10% off if you are a new user to the website! Also don’t forget that price includes tax and there is free return if you change your mind.

3.   MyTheresa:

There is less options compared to Farfetched but the prices does include import taxes and the small size is still slightly cheaper than buying from YSL’s website.

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4.   Selfridges:

Keep in mind the prices below are exclusive of tax and import charges. In Australia at least, it’s around 10% for items valued above 1000AUD, so be aware of that.

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YSL Blogger Bag Review

Fashion, Review

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It’s been engrained in people’s mind how the ever so famous LBD (aka little black dress) is a ‘must-have’ staple in every girl’s wardrobe. The piece has been making regular appearance in almost every single YouTube video titled ‘My Closet Staple’ that I have clicked on, which is no surprise really. To tell you the truth I am shamelessly breaking that unwritten rule as I have not found the one black dress that will always deliver versatility as everyone has been promising and raving about. Don’t get me wrong, I think the LBD does belong on the list but I would like to nominate a contender which I think is just equally as versatile, if not more and that is the LBB, “The Little Black Bag”. This does come attached with a side of bias being the shoe and bag lover I am but hey, I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks this way (*I hope not :p) With endless options in the market, the pursuit for the right bag is not as easy as it looks. Size, texture, shape, material, price, quality, trend, brand, urghh it’s got just as much elements to it as a maths equation lol. But seriously though, finding a bag that you love does require thoughtful consideration, research and a bit of luck.

 Going back to the main purpose of this post, I am going to review a bag that I just purchased that is the ‘YSL Monogram Blogger Bag’. To give you some back story, I was on the hunt for a casual bag for everyday wear such as eating out or for the movies. Handbags was out of the question as I want to be as care free as possible. I did consider other options: ‘Gucci Soho Disco’ and ‘Prada Textured Leather Camera Bag’. The Gucci bag retails for 1365AUD and the Prada camera bag is going for 1261AUD (*as of August 2016). However, there are just some things about them that I did not like such as the design, material and strap hence the YSL Blogger bag.                                                        IMG_0945

Truthfully the bag was not love at first sight but it was definitely on my radar for a substantial period of time. Long story short I saw them on a few YouTubers’ videos namely The Persian Babe, Melissa Soldera and Inthefrow and the flame within me was reignited again. Initially I was put off by the size but after watching their reviews multiple times and contemplating on them I decided the bag was the one. I told myself: “Okay, just get it first and then if you don’t like it you can always get your money back.” But seriously, who was I trying to trick? My fully sane mind was 100% aware that once the beauty is in my arms, it’s going nowhere.

CUTTING TO THE CHASE FOR REAL NOW!

Bag description :

The blogger bag is a cross body bag from calfskin with a 62 cm thin strap, dimension (12x11x5.5cm). It has got the iconic YSL gold hardware logo on the front, a slit pocket at the back, chained tassel, inner leather lining and 4 card slots inside as well.

First Impression :

I placed the order with a Far fetch boutique from Italy and the bag arrived immediately in Melbourne, within a week or less. It was securely packaged and I was thrilled to get the actual YSL black box (* you might have to request them if ordering elsewhere). It came with the essential leather sample, black dust bag and the authenticity card. However, my heart dropped when I examined the bag closely as there were very faint almost dragged-like line which was apparently the calfskin folding. It was only apparent under direct light and I think with wear and tear the wrinkles will appear sooner or later anyway. Considering having to ship it back, the waiting time and the fact that they were such minimal defect I decided to keep them.

What fits inside?

Carrying a ton load of stuff has never been my thing so this bag is just perfect for my minimalistic essentials. I can easily slip in my sunglasses, oil paper, a few cards, keys and my IPhone 6 with no problem. I could have probably put in a tissue pack, and a few makeup stuff if I wanted to as the bag is deceivingly quite spacious. Fair warning though: If you are a girl who has to have her wallet, makeup pouches and agenda at all time, I’m telling you straight up, this is NOT the bag for you. You will be better off with the Gucci Soho in my opinion.

Verdict:

Brought this little baby for brunch the next day with my sister and I have to say firstly that it goes with almost all of my outfits and also it was very fuss free. We went out for a good couple of hours and I had no trouble whatsoever with it. Now might not be the best time to put a review as I have yet to wear it out a lot but I can say that for now:

Positive aspects:

  • Thin strap does not dig into your skin, nor will it slip off your jacket (*plus point when it’s chilly outside)
  • Very versatile to dress down casually or dress it up for parties and dinner
  • As mentioned it fits a ton of my essentials
  • Very fuss free design wise.

Negative aspects:

  • You do have to downsize if you are thinking of carrying more than bare necessities. Based on some reviews, you can just barely fit an iPhone 6s without a casing in so it might be a big turn off for some.
  • The smooth calfskin makes it quite unforgiving and more prone to scratches and folds. Once again, will suggest opting for the textured leather on Gucci Soho or YSL Camera bag if you are quite clumsy.

Will I recommend it?

  • Aesthetic wise: I personally find the design very timeless especially with the YSL gold/silver logo in the centre. Choosing a neutral colour like black is almost a 100% risk free as well. Though some argue it is tailored for summer use I will say it is even more practical for winter when you just want to keep things simple and chic.
  • Am I getting my money’s worth? For close to a 1000AUD I will say that this bag is a bag that I will gravitate towards throughout the year for the next 3-4 years at least. So yes, I am planning to wear the crap out of it.
  • As an investment piece: I would not say the model is a classic to YSL itself. The suggestion is based on my limited knowledge of designer brands but it might be worth looking into the YSL Sac De Jour or the Croc-embossed leather chain clutch.IMG_0951
  • Considering the price, I can’t stress enough on size and it’s definitely not for everyone. If you are after a similar design, you can look into the Gucci and YSL bag I have linked below;)

For putting up with my endless blabber, I have linked all the useful YouTube reviews down below in addition to the different websites stocking the bag. I have also noted down some pros and cons just to guide you through my thought process when making the purchase if you are interested. Overall I am a very happy girl at the end of the day and I hope the review and information can be of any help for those considering the bag ;D

 

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Bag availability (+ my pros and cons)

(*Prices as of August 2016)

  1. YSL Website (1155 AUD inc tax)

-out of stock most time so you might have to sign up for their waiting list.

  1. Net-a-porter (1155 AUD inc tax)

 

  1. Far fetch (999.18 AUD + 10AUD for shipping to Melbourne, Australia)

-You get the black box from YSL

-Tax already included + 10% off for full priced items from the website

-Free return

-Also available in white and blue

 

  1. Selfridges (910 AUD exc taxes)

-Though cheapest, there is the chance that after getting charged with the import taxes the price might be higher than from far fetch, I decided to play it safe

-There were some negative reviews of the website including undelivered items and poor customer service, so I did not want to take a chance with such a pricey purchase.

-Also available in red and blue

Useful YouTube reviews

Similar bags

  1. Gucci Soho
  2. Prada Camera bag
  3. YSL Camera bag