Wednesday 26 October 2016

The new It Bag: Saint Laurent's duffle bag

Bibby Sowray

Published 01/03/2013 | 10:02

Saint Laurent duffle bag: the style is classically clean so won't outdate
Saint Laurent duffle bag: the style is classically clean so won't outdate
Gwyneth Paltrow with the slate grey duffle handbag hanging off her arm
The duffle bag from Saint Laurent starts at €1490 at Brown Thomas
Beyonce cradles her duffle bag ring side at a basketball game

Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyoncé have all got their hands on the duffle, by Saint Laurent, so what's so special about it?

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It all started last August when Gwyneth Paltrow strolled through LAX airport looking achingly cool with a slate grey handbag hanging off her arm. As was to be revealed a matter of days later, said handbag was in fact the very first glimpse of Hedi Slimane's work at storied fashion house Yves Saint Laurent, who had hired him as creative director five months previously.


So what's all the fuss we hear you say? Well, the style is classically clean so won't outdate and it's part of Slimane's first ever collection for Saint Laurent, so it will always hold credence and therefore value. It's certainly a lot of money but if you are lucky enough to have that kind of moola and are in the market for a new 'It bag', then this one's a winner, particularly in black or grey.


Fast forward six months, the controversial axing of 'Yves' and a lukewarm-received debut collection, and that very bag sported by Gwyneth is now the bag to be seen with. Named simply the 'duffle', everyone from Kate Moss to Beyoncé has been seen toting it.

Available in three sizes - 6,12 and 24 - and in black, grey, off-white, blue, red and pink, you'll need at least €1,490  in your piggy bank if you want to get your hands on even the smallest size, with the medium costing €1565 and a large €1810.  Available from Brown Thomas.

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