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Yves Henri Donta Matthieu-Saint-Laurent was born in Oran, Algeria on August 1, 1936. Growing up in the Mediterranean, his family home was a villa that he shared with his two sisters. During his childhood, Yves passed a lot of his time making paper dolls, eventually graduating to designing dresses for his mother and sister in his teenage years. At 18, he moved to Paris to attend the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and became increasingly noticed for his intricate design work. It was around that time when Saint Laurent met fashion designer Christian Dior, who instantly recognized his talent and helped guide Saint Laurent in honing his craft as a designer in the years to come. Of Dior, Saint Laurent would later recall, “Dior fascinated me. I couldn't speak in front of him. He taught me the basis of my art. Whatever was to happen next, I never forgot the years I spent at by his side.” In his beginning years at the House of Dior, Saint Laurent worked on simple tasks before he finally became qualified to submit sketches for Dior’s couture collection. After that, Saint Laurent began to submit sketches more frequently for the subsequent collections until finally, in 1957, Dior chose him as his successor to run the House of Dior. It was then that, at the age of 21, Saint Laurent took the helm as artistic director of the House, and would later be credited for protecting it from a financial shipwreck with his spring 1958 collection. In this collection, Saint Laurent featured cleaner lines than the more structured silhouettes of Dior’s “New Look” collection, gaining Saint Laurent notoriety for designs that included his famous “trapeze dress.” This dress featured narrow shoulders and slim, long lines that flared at the bottom. Amidst his growing popularity, it was around this time in his career that, for the sake of the international press, Saint Laurent began using a shortened version of his last name. A few years later, Saint Laurent was drafted for military service in the French Army in 1960. After only 20 days of his service, Saint Laurent was hospitalized as a result of severe hazing from his fellow officers. At this time, Saint Laurent was also terminated from the House of Dior, which led to his decline into depression and drug abuse, a habit that over the years would prove an addiction. Later that same year, in 1960, Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé entered a joint venture in establishing their fashion house, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL). In the decades of the 1960’s and 1970’s, the YSL house spearheaded design trends that included the beatnik look, tight trousers, thigh-high boots, safari jackets for both sexes and the famous “Le Smoking” tuxedo suit for women. The YSL design of this time period also incorporated silhouettes from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Saint Laurent is purported to be the first French designer to establish a complete line of prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear) clothing, which was launched as a way to bring haute couture to the masses, according to fashion journalist Alicia Drake. Other fashion houses were establishing similar lines at the same time, though YSL was the first to launch this revolutionary type of fashion line. On September 26, 1966, the first of YSL’s Rive Gauche stores, one that offered YSL’s new prêt-à-porter line, opened on the rue de Tournon in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. Saint Laurent attended the premiere, which welcomed French actress Catherine Deneuve as its first customer. Years later, in 1983, Saint Laurent was honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which held a solo exhibition for the designer. This accolade was a first, as no other living fashion designer had received this privilege. Almost 20 years later, in 2001, Saint Laurent would again receive an honor, this time by French president Jacques Chirac, by being awarded the rank of Commander of the Légion d'Honneur. Shortly afterwards, in 2002, Saint Laurent retired and lived mostly in reclusivity, splitting his time between his two homes in Normandy and Morocco with his French Bulldog Moujik. Though retired, Saint Laurent’s signature looks continued to inspire the work of other designers, who reinterpreted them in their own lines. To this day, though Saint Laurent is best known for sparking clothing design trends that include peasant blouses and bolero jackets, YSL handbags, shoes, jewelry and perfume are still considered timeless pieces by haute couture aficionados.

980 items total

Saint Laurent

Calfskin Wicker Small Bahia Bucket Bag Black

Condition: New

$1,675

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Grained Calfskin Medium Souple Sac De Jour Duffle Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,395

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Calfskin Monogram Sunset Chain Wallet Light Pink

Condition: Very Good

$1,125

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Lambskin Matelasse Amalia Chain Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,075

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Canvas Monogram Zipped Pouch Beige Black

Condition: Excellent

$695

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Patent Calfskin Opyum 110 Sandals 38.5 Black

Condition: Very Good

$750

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Calfskin Nano Sac De Jour Purple

Condition: Excellent

$1,195

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Patent Matelasse Monogram Small Vicky Chain Bag Red

Condition: Excellent

$1,175

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Grain De Poudre Uptown Chain Wallet Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,150

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Lambskin Monogram Mini Sade Tube Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$995

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Crystal Embellished Faille Paris 95 Pumps 37.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$325

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Calfskin Medium Monogram Sunset Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,795

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Calfskin Matelasse Monogram Lou Camera Bag

Condition: Excellent

$1,425

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Metallic Calfskin Large Shopping Tote Silver

Condition: Very Good

$495

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Smooth Calfskin Monogram Rider Belt Bag Taupe

Condition: Very Good

$550

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Lambskin Monogram Loulou Puffer Pouch Clutch Black

Condition: Very Good

$595

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Raffia Calfskin Medium Panier Tote Naturel

Condition: New

$1,395

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Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Monogram Chain Wallet Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,250

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Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Medium Monogram Sunset Black

Condition: Excellent

$2,260

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Jersey Wool Patchwork Monogram Medium Jamie Grey

Condition: Excellent

$1,250

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Calfskin Toy Shopping Tote

Condition: Excellent

$895

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Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Medium Monogram Sunset Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,750

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Calfskin Large Muse Brown

Condition: Very Good

$395

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Canvas Striped Uptown Wallet On Chain Beige Black

Condition: Excellent

$895

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Linen Canvas Rive Gauche Zipped Pouch Optic White

Condition: Very Good

$375

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Grain De Poudre Uptown Pouch Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

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Grained Calfskin Small Sac De Jour Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,350

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Calfskin Y Quilted Monogram Toy Loulou Crossbody Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,750

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Canvas Calfskin Monogram Lou Camera Bag Black Grey Cream

Condition: Excellent

$1,295

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Pony Effect Calfskin Leopard Print Baby Supple Sac De Jour

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

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Calfskin Suede Small Muse Two Black Beige

Condition: Very Good

$595

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Grained Calfskin Topstich Baby Sac De Jour Red

Condition: Excellent

$1,550

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Smooth Calfskin Small Solferino Satchel

Condition: Excellent

$1,595

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Calfskin Monogram Sunset Chain Wallet Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,495

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Grained Calfskin Baby Supple Sac De Jour Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,195

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Glitter Classic Kate Monogram Clutch Sunset Grey

Condition: Excellent

$750

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Suede Eastwood Western Boots 38 Vintage Brown

Condition: Excellent

$895

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Lizard Small Datcha Satchel Bag Brown

Condition: Excellent

$895

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Grained Lambskin Quilted Mini Becky Double Zip Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,350

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Grain De Poudre Chevron Monogram Bill Pouch Black

Condition: Very Good

$350

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Chevre Large Belle De Jour Clutch Lipstick Fuchsia

Condition: Excellent

$470

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Satin Sade Envelope Clutch Bubblegum

Condition: Excellent

$995

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Grain De Poudre Card Case Navy

Condition: Excellent

$225

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Patent Calfskin Opyum 110 Sandals 37.5 Black Gold

Condition: Excellent

$820

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Grained Calfskin Baby Sac De Jour Coal

Condition: Excellent

$1,395

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Calfskin Matelasse Monogram Lou Camera Bag Sea Pebble

Condition: Very Good

$1,290

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Brass Crystal Monogram Heart Drop Clip Earrings Silver

Condition: Excellent

$425

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Smooth Calfskin Monogram Rider Belt Bag Taupe

Condition: Excellent

$895

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Lambskin Matelasse Monogram Large Vicky Chain Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,125

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Suede Calfskin Small Grace Fringed Hobo Bag Light Ocre

Condition: Excellent

$1,335

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Raffia Calfskin Rive Gauche Tote Naturale Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,750

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Lambskin Quilted Maxi Icare Shopping Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$4,795

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Calfskin Belle De Jour Card Case Blush

Condition: New

$225

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Grain de Poudre 5 Fragments Card Holder Black

Condition: Excellent

$225

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Nappa Monogram Blogger Bag New Red

Condition: Very Good

$695

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Suede Calfskin Monogram Lou Camera Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$895

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Suede Toy Loulou Shoulder Bag Fog

Condition: Excellent

$1,495

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Canvas Radio Print Espadrilles 39 Pink Black

Condition: Excellent

$225

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Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Large Monogram Sunset Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,895

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Calfskin Matelasse Monogram Lou Camera Bag Military Olive

Condition: Very Good

$1,095

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Calfskin Matelasse Monogram Lou Camera Bag Grey Kaki

Condition: Excellent

$1,395

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Calfskin Loulou 70 Uniform Ankle Boots 38.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$450

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Sequin Monogram Double Flap Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,250

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Smooth Calfskin Manhattan Baguette Cheddar

Condition: Excellent

$1,725

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Patent Calfskin Opyum 110 Sandals 40 Black Gold

Condition: Excellent

$895

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Calfskin Y Quilted Monogram Toy Loulou Crossbody Bag Taupe

Condition: Excellent

$1,725

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