I absolutely love the Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc, but on my list of priorities that a $2000 handbag is way down near the bottom. When I saw this purse on the Zara website, I thought that it was worth a shot since it is made of leather, and it seemed rather reasonably priced for a large leather piece ($199 before tax).
First impression? It is a bit smaller than I was expecting even though as you can seen in the last few posts that it is a decent size. Personally, I prefer larger handbags despite the fact that I am petite, so even though this bag isn't "small" it's just a bit smaller than what I carry on a daily basis.
The actual measurements are:
Width (at bottom): 6.25"
Handle drop: Wear comfortable over the shoulder? 5.5". I could wear it comfortably over my shoulder only if I'm not wearing a lot of layers. Keep in my mind also, my arms are very lean.
The leather itself didn't seem overly stiff (i.e., fake looking), but it did appear as if it would be prone to scratches and marks making upkeep very difficult. I tried to buff out the existing scuffs to see if that was an option, but it didn't seem to affect them at all. As for the quality overall, it seemed pretty well made. The little gold tab I thought was pretty cool giving the bag a little edge and it isn't overly obnoxious, but I had a bit of trouble trying to figure out how to open it. I didn't want to be too rough with it unnecessarily, but you do have to give it a good tug and pull the metal tab out. It is not a magnetic closure, which makes it secure, but possibly a bit annoying when in a rush.
The hardware is gold, and it has a double zipper and the ends of the zippers can slide approximately 1.25" from side to side so you can adjust how much of the ends you can see from the outside, which I thought was a nice added detail.
As for the weight, it is approximately 2.5 lbs. I'm used to carrying a heavy bag, so for me, while empty, isn't heavy at all. The bottom, however looks like it will start to fall or droop with a lot of heavy items, so a piece of cardboard or plastic to help keep its shape is a good idea. The bottom of the handbag has little gold feet to help protect the bottom when laying it down.
In the inside there is one large compartment with one medium-sized pocket on the side. The lining is black so it could be difficult to find things if you are like me and carry everything but the kitchen sink.
Verdict: I thought for sure that I was going to return this bag, but the longer I have it in my possession, the more it grows on me. I doubt that a Cabas Chyc is in my near future (like, ten years at least), and it's starting to look like I may not get that 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli I've been lemming for the last few years, so maybe this is a good compromise. Any thoughts on this bag to help me make a decision?