Bag Review: YSL Saint Laurent Cassandre Matelasse Chain Wallet

Bag Review: YSL Saint Laurent Cassandre Matelasse Chain Wallet in Grain de Poudre

I recently replaced my YSL Kate with the YSL Saint Laurent Cassandre Matelasse Chain Wallet…I have a thing for mini designer bags – but my bags need to be used – not just sit in my closet and look pretty! Last year I purchased the YSL Kate – and while I loved the look of it – I hardly EVER wore it out because my iPhone Max didn’t fit in it (I had an older version of the Kate). 

Outfit wearing YSL Saint Laurent Cassandre Matelasse Chain Wallet in Grain de Poudre Nude Powder Silver Hardware

As a content creator I always need my phone close by – so going forward I will only pick bags that have space for my phone – micro minis are not for me! I made the decision to sell my YSL Kate Chain bag and get one I could use.

After reading a lot of reviews, I chose the YSL Saint Laurent Cassandre Matelasse Chain Wallet – it is one of Saint Laurent’s most popular bags because of its aesthetics, durability and practicality. It is made of calfskin leather and has a classic quilted/matelasse structure. It has a removable metal chain shoulder strap, and the interior has 2 separate compartments divided by a zip pouch. It’s still a small bag yet it has adequate space for your essentials.

Below is a size comparison picture I took of the bag I got rid of (my old YSL Kate in Fard) versus my new YSL Saint Laurent Cassandre Matelasse Chain Wallet in Nude Powder – you can see how much more spacious my new bag is!

SIZE COMPARISON OF YSL SAINT LAURENT CASSANDRE MATELASSE CHAIN WALLET

And here is a size comparison of the YSL Cassandre Chain Wallet versus my mini Gucci Marmont and my Chanel Wallet on Chain. While it doesn’t have the depth and capacity of my Gucci Marmont, the YSL Cassandre is larger than both the YSL Kate Chain bag and Chanel WOC.

Gucci Mini Marmont Chanel WOC versus my new YSL Saint Laurent Cassandre Matelasse Chain Wallet in Nude Powder

DIMENSIONS AND WHAT FITS INSIDE A YSL SAINT LAURENT CASSANDRE MATELASSE CHAIN WALLET

The YSL Saint Laurent Cassandre Matelasse Chain Wallet’s measurements are: 8.8″ L x 5.5″H x 1.5″D. with a 19″ chain shoulder strap. There is more than enough space for my iPhone Max, and I can also add in my cardholder and a small makeup compact. The bag comes with a lot of built-in cardslots (which I personally don’t use as I often switch from bag to bag) – but if you did place your cards in them, it would free up additional space for more items. It also has a central zip section – which is a great spot for valuables or cash.
Bag Review: What fits inside a YSL Saint Laurent Cassandre Matelasse Chain Wallet in Grain de Poudre

HOW TO STYLE A YSL SAINT LAURENT CASSANDRE MATELASSE CHAIN WALLET
It’s easy to style this bag in many different ways. It looks great with jeans and is also a popular choice for dressy occasions like dinners and weddings. I usually opt for wearing it crossbody – but you can double up the strap and wear it as a shoulder bag, or unbutton and remove the strap completely and just use it as a clutch. I’m 5’4 for size reference.
How to style Outfit wearing YSL Saint Laurent Cassandre Matelasse Chain Wallet in Grain de Poudre Nude Powder Silver Hardware

When researching this bag – I came across one potential flaw. The bag has a snap closure rather than a magnetic one, and apparently the tip at the front of the bag can show wear, as it is touched a lot when you open and close the bag. So it is recommended to open the bag by placing your fingers underneath the side of the flap to open it, rather than using the tip of the flap.

There are a couple of bags that are similar to YSL Saint Laurent Cassandre Matelasse Chain Wallet – one is the Envelope Chain Wallet. The Envelope Chain Wallet is smaller (7.4″ L x 4.9″ x 1.3″ D), has a rectangular base rather than a rounded one, and has a leather section on the shoulder of the chain strap. YSL also has a Flap Pouch in a similar design (dimensions are 8.2″ L x 6.2″ H x 1.1″ D) – it comes with a wristlet strap and is considerably cheaper. Some people prefer to buy the Flap Pouch and add in a custom chain insert to get the look of the Cassandre Matelasse Chain Wallet for less.

 

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