YSL: Old Dog, New Eco-Chic Tricks

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imageOn the coattails of the launch of his menswear for women collection called Unisex, YSL’s Stefano Pilati is dipping his sartorial toes into the eco-friendly fashion pool. Come June 8, the French fashion house will introduce New Vintage, “a capsule line of classic Saint Laurent pieces (the bustier dress, the tailored jacket, the trench coat) cut from the unused cloth of past collections,” says the New York Times’ Karin Nelson. The collection will be sold exclusively at Barneys (and is surely at least in part the brainchild of Julie Gilhart, Barney’s revered buyer notorious for her eco-friendly fashionable pursuits).

“New Vintage, which is limited to one or two pieces of every look, each of them numbered, also includes the Downtown bag and a strappy sandal, both priced far less than their leather counterparts,” adds Nelson. The price points are high ($495 to $4,100); but considering you’re paying for an impeccably constructed garment that’s one- or two-of-a-kind and leaves a very small carbon footprint, this is one purchase for which it should be easy to make excuses.