Why we love Saint Laurent (and why you do too)

At Cosette, we have noticed that not one of our customers have ever said ‘I don’t like Saint Laurent’. When asked about the French Maison de Luxe, our clients all use the same words to describe it: timeless, iconic and chic. In French we would say ‘Intemporel’.

Every good bag connoisseur can name at least a few Saint Laurent bags – Kate, Sunset, Sac de Jour, Vicky, Loulou to name a few… and any bag lover can recognise a Saint Laurent bag within others.

 Whether you’re looking for a work-, day-, travel-, casual- or evening bag, Saint Laurent plays with a variety of neutral and timeless colours -proper to the brand and chooses within different types of fabrics or leathers such as smooth, grained, shiny, patent, soft or grain de poudre to suit every style but still honouring their original and proper branding with its unique topstitching signature and quilting details, signature black aesthetic, and metallic YSL logo hardware. 

Indeed, Saint Laurent is never too over-the-top, nor it is too discreet. Like any recipe for success overtime, everything is based on the right dosage. Thus, it is the right combination of hardware, fine leather and topstitches that makes the Maison so unique and an all-time favourite within us all Amoureux de la mode.

Renowned for its audace, its famous rock’n’roll with-a-twist touch and perfecting everything by adding some boyish shapes, La Maison Saint Laurent is in a never-ending process of reinventing its classics and turning them into it-bags. Is the secret hidden in its simplicity or extravagance? The House’s ability to always twisting 1980’s inspired shapes with modern aesthetics is probably why it never ceased staying trendy decades after decades by Monsieur Saint-Laurent’s successors.

Yves Saint Laurent was the pioneer in using exotic skins and leathers in his design process, but the secret was also hidden in his individuality in using innovative materials. Patrick Mauries, author of the book Yves Saint Laurent accessories says:

“Metal chains, which Saint Laurent had often used in his early years for necklaces and belts, were repurposed to serve as shoulder straps. Processes and techniques were adapted to achieve whatever the current theme demanded: leather could be studded (on both shoulder straps and the body of a bag), perforated, cut, pierced (allowing one colour to show through another), laced (rather than stitched), dotted with cabochons made of resin, or pieced together from lozenge-shaped sections or other patchwork.”. 

@paigecraswell featuring the Saint Laurent Kate bag from Cosette

Yves Saint-Laurent himself was not only a man who put women into pant suits, he also was passionate about his own idea of fashion to create something that has never been done by its predecessors. His innovative mind gave birth to what we could also refer as a fashion movement making his creations reinforced over time as the creative direction was being taken over by the talented Hedi Slimane and more recently Anthony Vacarello, both possessing the strong ability to create contemporary reincarnations of Yves’s creations.

While the work behind every Saint Laurent bag goes way back, there is no doubt the Saint-Laurent Fashion House will keep surprising us with its unconventional yet so-lovable bags creations. In addition, there is no doubt we will keep admiring their collections as the designers pass on the torch, and we will keep doing our best to provide you with all of your favourite and iconic Saint-Laurent Staple pieces.

Head to our website TODAY to shop all the latest arrivals and make a purchase that is in the continuity of a great French Fashion House history.

Until next time/A bientôt!

Xxx

Cosette 

Chloé-ssentials for this season

Every fashion addict loves Chloé bags. Classy styles, fancy materials and signature details: this is all we expect from our designer pieces.

Chloé’s Spring-Summer and Fall 2017 collections that just arrived at Cosette do not make exceptions.
So, what will be the most-coveted bags this season?

Chloé Faye shoulder bag

Chloé Faye shoulder bag from Chloé's Fall 2017 collection

IMAGE: CHLOÉ – FALL 2017

3S1231HEW-BDU Chloé Faye shoulder bag in caramel grained leather

CHLOÉ FAYE GRAINED LEATHER SHOULDER BAG

Chloé’s iconic Faye shoulder bag is probably THE must have this season. It has been developed in a variety of sizes, materials and colours so that everyone can find their own.
If we trust the gorgeous Olivia Culpo and Chrissy Teigen, we should go for a medium size and a caramel colour. We cannot disagree with them: this shade of brown matches every outfit, and this not-too-small-not-too-big size is adapted for an everyday use. Little bonus: the shoulder strap can be removed to turn this shoulder bag into a fancy clutch 😉

Olivia Culpo street style with the Chloé Faye shoulder bag

IMAGE: INSTAGRAM @OLIVIACULPO

Chrissy Teigen street style with the Chloé Faye shoulder bag

IMAGE: VOGUE

Chloé Mini Faye backpack

Chloé Mini Faye backpack from Chloé's Fall 2017 collection

IMAGE: CHLOÉ – FALL 2017

3S1232HEU-001 Chloé Mini Faye backpack in black Smooth and Suede leather

CHLOÉ MINI FAYE SMOOTH AND SUEDE LEATHER BACKPACK

Whether you are a traveller like Aimee Song, or an active city-dweller like Alessandra Ambrosio, the Mini Faye backpack is ideal for one who needs to feel as free as stylish.
Its compact size makes it easy to carry, and yet, its unique compartment is roomy enough to fit all your daily essentials. This bag can be carried in the back, but also on the arm thanks to a removable top handle. And as convenience can rhyme with elegance, this little beauty combines refined details such as a Suede leather flap and Chloé’s signature hoop and chain closure.

Aimee Song street style with the Chloé Faye Backpack

IMAGE: INSTAGRAM @SONGOFSTYLE

Alessandra Ambrosio street style with Chloé Faye backpack

IMAGE: PINTEREST

Chloé Drew shoulder bag

Chloé Drew shoulder bag from Chloé's Fall 2017 collection

IMAGE: CHLOÉ – FALL 2017

3S1056HEW-001 Chloé Small Drew shoulder bag in Black grained leather

CHLOÉ SMALL DREW GRAINED LEATHER SHOULDER BAG

The Drew is probably Chloé’s most popular bag from a while now (Sincerely Jules and Olivia Culpo are just random examples amongst all fashion icons who got charmed), and however we can’t get enough of it.
We love the combination of a simple round shape and flap with glamorous gold details. In the latest version of this bag, the chain strap is linked so you can either carry it on the shoulder with double chain or on cross-body with single chain. For that reason, we even love it more!

Sincerely Jules street style with a Chloé Drew shoulder bag

IMAGE: SINCERELY JULES

Olivia Culpo street style with a Chloé Drew shoulder bag

IMAGE: INSTAGRAM @OLIVIACULPO

So, which Chloé bag will be yours this season?

Bisous,
C

Spring will be feminine! with Isabel Marant

Heads up! Isabel Marant’s Spring/Summer 2017 Collection freshly arrived in our COSETTE stores, bringing for the coming season a highly feminine boho-chic style.

Isabel Marant Spring Summer 2017 Campaign visual

The words ‘Everyday Feminity’ – also translated by ‘Feminine utility’ – were used by Isabel Marant herself to describe the spirit of her SS17 collection.

This season, workwear silhouettes are adorned with ruffles, floral prints and statement sleeves, when jumpsuits and baggy pants meet with an unusual ratio of dresses and skirts.

But do not get me wrong: this flirty, romantic feel does not detract the cool and effortless style that makes the designer’s recognition!

Let me share with you a sneak peek of the selection now available in-store at COSETTE.

Isabel Marant Spring Summer 2017 Collection show runway picture
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Bisous,
C