IMAGE: SAINT LAURENT
I’ve seen this in stores, I’ve seen it online, but why I never featured this earlier still escapes me since it is a pretty functional piece that’s built to last a lifetime.
Simply known as the Saint Laurent Beach Shopping Tote, though I think the name should actually be beach AND/OR shopping since you can use it for both scenarios, it’s officially also one of the handful of bags from Saint Laurent today that you’ll find made almost entirely of thick canvas.
Measuring almost 40 cm in height by 34 cm across, all you get is small bits of leather where the handles are, a magnetic snap button closure and the words 24 Rue de L’Université printed under the Saint Laurent logo (a reference to the French brands’s reinstated Left Bank couture house), which has a slight tinge of irony since the canvas tote is hardly couture to begin with. The thing is, with Hedi Slimane’s departure, we’ll never know the backstory on why these exact words were placed so prominently on a bag like this, but it doesn’t matter anymore either.
Priced at GBP470 online (or around SGD840 after conversion), this unisex vertical tote also comes with a sister that takes on a more horizontal form (wider than it is tall), which means you’ll just need to decide which shape works better for you.
Update: 26 July 2016
For those of us in Singapore, this Beach Shopping Tote will retail for SGD1190, and it’s available at both Saint Laurent at ION Orchard and Marina Bay Sands. #happyshopping
Image: Saint Laurent