Monday, October 8, 2018

Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag: Review

Disclaimer: The product featured was purchased by me.
YSL Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag in Vintage Leather: Review
Most of the time, when I set my eyes on something outrageously expensive, I can  usually talk myself out of it. Unfortunately, when I spotted the Niki Baby Bag in Black Vintage Leather ($2440 CAD) from Yves Saint Laurent about a month ago, I just could not get it out of my head. No matter how I tried to rationalize, it was about time that I treated myself and invested in a luxury handbag. I mean, I totally deserve it... right? Well anyhow, after extensive research online (did you know there are forums dedicated to luxury handbags?), I finally pulled the trigger. Since it's such a hefty investment, I thought it was worthy to review the bag on the site. So if luxury bags are your thing (or if you are just curious how a bag can cost so much), read on to learn more.......
YSL Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag in Vintage Leather: Review
YSL | Niki Baby Bag in Black Vintage Leather | Front Flap Monogram
Leather & Hardware:
Available in three different sizes (large, medium, and baby), the YSL Niki Bag in Vintage Leather is made with 100% calfskin leather. With a crinkly, glossy finish, the bag looks a lot shinier in person than it appears online. The sales associate did mention that with wear, the leather will take on a more matte finish but as it stands, the glossy finish is quite durable and scratch-resistant. I have here the Niki Baby, the smallest of the three sizes, and its dimensions are 8.2 x 6.2 x 2.9 inches (or 20.8 x 15.7 x 7.4 cm). I will go into details in the next section on just how much stuff it can hold.
YSL Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag in Vintage Leather: Review
YSL | Niki Baby Bag in Black Vintage Leather | Magnetic Snap Button
The Niki in Vintage Leather is currently available in several colors and finishes (ex. stamped patented crocodile, studded, lambskin). I chose the Vintage Leather in Black as it's the most classic. The iconic YSL logo on the front flap is wrapped in leather finished with a matching color to the body of the bag. So although front and center, the logo is quite subtle. It doesn't scream in your face, telling you that it's a YSL bag, which is great for those looking for something a little more lowkey and sophisticated. The bag closes via a magnetic snap button, which as many others have mentioned online, is incredibly strong, resulting in the need to use quite a bit of force to pull open the flap. I advise keeping the clear protective film to dampen the magnetic attraction or alternatively, you can stick a couple hole punch reinforcement on both the top and bottom magnet to weaken the force.
YSL Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag in Vintage Leather: Review
YSL | Niki Baby Bag in Black Vintage Leather | Brushed Silver Chain
The bag itself is light but the brushed gunmetal silver chain definitely adds some weight. Both chains are connected in the middle with a leather strap so they rest comfortably on the shoulders The straps are actually convertible so you can wear the Niki either as a shoulder bag or as a crossbody (see photos near the end of the post).
YSL Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag in Vintage Leather: Review
YSL | Niki Baby Bag in Black Vintage Leather | Leather Straps
YSL Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag in Vintage Leather: Review
YSL | Niki Baby Bag in Black Vintage Leather | Central Compartment
Inner Compartments:
As mentioned, I went for the smallest of the three Nikis. I was initially set on getting the medium but after seeing all three in store, I decided that the baby size fit my stature the best. In fact, the medium looked so big that it was almost the size of a messenger bag on me. To my surprise, the bags have a much bulkier profile than it appeared online. When fully expanded, the Niki Baby is almost five inches thick at its base.
YSL Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag in Vintage Leather: Review
YSL | Niki Baby Bag in Black Vintage Leather | Inside Pocket
Inside, there is one large central compartment lined with grosgrain that fits a full-sized wallet. The opening of the bag is narrower than the base so I do have to angle my wallet to place it inside. The central compartment is large enough to fit a small water bottle diagonally but the bag will appear quite bulky. There's a small inside pocket; it can fit a few cards or small valuables but that's about it.
YSL Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag in Vintage Leather: Review
YSL | Niki Baby Bag in Black Vintage Leather | Front Pocket
In addition to the inner compartment, there are two additional pockets, one right on the front under the flap, and one on the backside. The front pocket I use to keep various grooming products but it can also fit a large cell phone. The back pocket features a hidden magnetic closure and it is also big enough to fit a cell phone. I've been keeping my iPhone 7 in the back pocket and although it fits with still a little bit of wiggle room, it expands the pocket far enough that the magnetic closures won't touch.
YSL Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag in Vintage Leather: Review
YSL | Niki Baby Bag in Black Vintage Leather | Back Pocket
YSL Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag in Vintage Leather: Review
YSL | Niki Baby Bag in Black Vintage Leather | Bottom
YSL Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag in Vintage Leather: Review
YSL | Niki Baby Bag in Black Vintage Leather | Side
As you can see in the picture below, the straps are easily adjustable. When doubled up, the bag can be worn over the shoulder and when fully extended, the bag can be worn as a crossbody. I personally prefer to wear it as a crossbody as the straps tend to slide down my shoulders when worn as a shoulder bag. However, the length of the chain is just an inch or two too long on my 5'2" frame, therefore hanging a little low on my hips.
YSL Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag in Vintage Leather: Review
YSL | Niki Baby Bag in Black Vintage Leather | Adjustable Strap
It's also worth mentioning that I bought my bag at the YSL counter inside the Vancouver Nordstrom. The sales associate Jennifer helped me with my purchase and she was super patient and pleasant. Do take your time when examining the merchandise before purchasing as there were some notable variabilities between identical styles. The leather for a couple of the Niki Babys was super wrinkly, which may be a look some prefer but I chose a model with a smoother finish. Additionally, all YSL purchases are non-refundable. Exchanges are available for unworn, original merchandise within 30 days but it has to be for an item of equal or greater value. I thought that was a bit restrictive but I guess with a more lenient return policy, people can really take advantage.
YSL Yves Saint Laurent | Niki Baby Bag in Vintage Leather: Review
YSL | Niki Baby Bag in Black Vintage Leather
Overall, I am very much in love with the Niki Baby Bag. It without a doubt is the most expensive item in my wardrobe but I love its craftsmanship and practicality. The baby size turned out to be just right for my everyday needs and it fits most things without weighing me down. I am looking forward to seeing how the leather wears with time and will report back with any noteworthy updates. So, what are your thoughts on luxury handbags? Do you like the YSL Niki? Share with me in the comments below!

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