Review: YSL Cabas Chyc Large Leather East West BagMarch 19, 2013
Last September, I ordered, returned, and resigned myself to the fact that the medium YSL Cabas Chyc bag (reviewed here) simply wasn't for me. Well, I pat my own back a moment too soon because I succumbed to the temptation of a terrific sale at the end of last year and picked up the large Cabas Chyc.
The discount blurred a lot of lines for me in that I overlooked several dealbreakers - including a loose screw, a normally unforgivable flaw for any bag - because of its price. While my brother was able to fix the problem for me in seconds, it is still disappointing that a bag which retailed for $2450 arrived in my hands damaged.
Aside from the loose screw, there were no other workmanship issues. However, without the discount I probably would not have kept it because it is also heavy and without sufficient compartmentalization (there is no division within this bag which is an issue for disorganized me). I won't say I don't have regrets but I have committed to this bag (read: it's past the return period) and can see myself using it for years to come, hopefully justifying my temporary insanity.
The bag is not entirely without merits. The features that hold the most interest for me were the gold-toned hardware, the color - a rich shade of forest green -, and its size, which is perfect as a weekender (though at 15.5" wide, 12" tall, and 7" deep, this bag can look oversized on a small person).
The Cabas Chyc bags have ornamental - with no other perceived purpose - hardware on the east-west ends that allow you to attach your own chains. I purchased two velvet ribbon chain belts from Zara last winter and have been using them as shoulder straps. I used lobster claws to connect the chains to the bag for easier removal.
That said, I vow never to let price cloud my judgment when it comes to big-ticket purchases again.
|Ann Taylor Factory Drape Jacket (similar) | Old Navy Turtleneck Sweater (similar) | ASOS Peplum Waist Skirt (no longer available) | Forever 21 Chiffon Rosette Pearl Necklace | Forever 21 Platform Maryjane Heels (similar) | YSL large Cabas Chyc|