Dear Bag Snob,
Hello, hope you guys can help me out here. I’m a fan of the now-extinct YSL Mombasa. Is there a good, reliable site to source for a genuine second-hand?
Ahhhh, the Mombasa! My first YSL, I got it in Cognac when it first came out. Loved it to death – literally, the bag ended up in tatters from overuse!! We work with Yoogi’s Closet, they are a very reputable retailer of authentic second-hand bags. You can even sell your old bags to them to pay for the new ones! I checked for the Mombasa and not surprisingly, they are sold out (for $595). Recently, there has been a revival of interest in the hobo as well as the messenger. This was one of the last bags Tom Ford designed before he left so it is as iconic as they come. The thing is, this bag never left, it is not extinct at all! YSL always carried is and has been since inception, they just keep it in the back in basic colors – black, brown and cognac. Now that there is this huge resurgence of interest, they will probably start putting it back up on the shelves. Mombasa Messenger is $895 at YSL, comes in black or brown. Call Will at YSL Beverly Hills for the Mombasa Leather Hobo, $895 for the small and $1100 for the large.