Saint Laurent Lou Camera Bag VERSUS Gucci Soho Disco Bag Comparison

If you’re in the market for your next designer crossbody, you may be looking at either the Saint Laurent (previously Yves Saint Laurent – YSL) Lou Medium Monogram Camera Bag, or the Gucci Soho Disco Leather Bag. I have owned these bags from both fashion houses for a few years now, so I thought I could help those of you torn between the two bags. This post will break down the main differences between the two handbags so you don’t regret your next designer purchase!

Both of these designer handbags are two of my most used purchases. I honestly wear both every single week! Both bags can be carried as crossbody bags or shoulder bags. For my lifestyle, I find the camera crossbody to work really well. It fits a surprisingly large amount inside but is still comfortable and compact. I reach for one or the other when I’m running out the door for errands on the weekends, and also always bring one along with me on trips.

Gucci Bag And Saint Laurent Bag Comparison

When you’re deciding what type of designer bag you want to purchase, you first need to decide what your price range is. The good thing about both of these bags is that they’re luxury brands, but are each under $2,000. Many other bags from designers like Louis Vuitton and Chanel can much more expensive.

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Saint Laurent Lou Camera Bag in Quilted Leather

I purchased this bag (color: poudre/beige) at the beginning of 2020. I was drawn to the light color and slightly dressier design. It was also my first YSL purchase! Their handbags lean more towards the dressier side, so I thought this crossbody camera bag would be perfect for my lifestyle, which is more casual day to day. I always get questions specifically about this color and it sells out often, so you can check inventory for the lighter beige color here: Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, SAKS Fifth Avenue, Saint Laurent, and Mytheresa.

PRICE: $1,690

details
  • DIMENSIONS 9.0″ x 6.2″ x 2.3″
  • Calfskin leather
  • Grosgrain lining (darker color)
  • Interior: one large open pocket (can fit iPhone)
  • Adjustable leather strap with 58.5 cm drop
  • Made in Italy
Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Longer adjustable strap length to accommodate more body types
  • Removable tassel on the strap
  • More color options. I love the light nudes and blush tones!
  • Larger size depending on how much you need to carry day to day
  • Loop for the end of the strap to keep it from fraying out

Cons:

  • Softer, potentially less structured leather

Sometimes leather goods can be super soft. While one person may love it, another might find that’s not what they’re looking for.

If you’re looking for a slighter small bag than this particular YSL, the mini bag called the Lou Mini Quilted Leather Camera Bag features chained straps with a tassel zipper. The dimensions of this bag are: 7.75″W, 2″D x 4.75″H.

For an ever-so-slighting larger bag than the Camera Bag, the Small LouLou Bag in quilted “Y” leather might be a good option for you. With its quality materials of calfskin leather and brass hardware, this shoulder bag will hold up nicely through the years, if you take care of it.

YSL Camera Bag Outfits

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Outfits with the Saint Laurent bag
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Gucci Soho Small Leather Disco Bag

I’ve had this bag since 2016 and have worn it enough to really get a great cost per wear of out it. You can see my full review on this bag here, along with how I’ve styled it in the past and what I keep inside.

PRICE: $1,490

details
  • Small size: 8″W x 6″H x 2.5″D
  • Adjustable leather strap with 22″ drop
  • Textured calfskin leather
  • Cotton linen lining
  • Leather tassel zip closure
  • Made in Italy
Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Textured leather is slightly more durable
  • Smaller size depending on daily needs
  • The lighter interior is easier to find items inside

Cons

  • Less color options (black, red, tan)
  • Shorter strap length

If you’re wanting a slightly larger bag than the Disco Bag, the GG Marmont Bag in the small size would make a great option. It’s 9.5″W x 5″H x 3″D and has the distinguished GG on the front hence the name.

For those that want a smaller bag than the Disco Bag, why not try a Gucci Belt Bag. They’re super chic and sophisticated, and would look great with casual and dressy looks.

Gucci Crossbody Outfits

Gucci Soho Small Leather Disco Bag
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white ankle boots + Gucci Soho Small Leather Disco Bag
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Comparison between the Saint Laurent and Gucci camera bags
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small travel bag

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Gucci vs Saint Laurent

You may be drawn to one or the other based on your designer preference, but if you’re completely torn, here are a few key differences between the two designer handbags.

The logo on the Gucci Soho Disco Bag is embroidered and feels more casual than the YSL monogram. The YSL camera bag has brushed metal hardware. Accents, along with the logo gives a slightly dressier look.

Another big difference between the two is the type of leather. The YSL camera bag is a soft and smooth matelassé calfskin leather, also contributing to it’s slightly dressier look and feel compared to the Gucci Soho Disco. However, the leather is also less durable than the pebbled calfskin leather.

There is a very slight price difference between the two, but not significant enough to really lean one way or the other. If I had to choose, I would go with the Gucci Small Leather Disco Bag. I really love the color, and have had it in my wardrobe the longest and still reach for it regularly.

Which Is Better YSL Or Gucci

Overall, I don’t regret either purchase and think either would be a great day-to-day bag. The camera bag style is functional to use day to day because it holds more than a typical crossbody bag its size. Lately, I reach for the YSL bag more than the Gucci, because I’m drawn to the lighter shade and bigger size.

So when you’re trying to decide which one to buy, I think your first question should be if you prefer one of the fashion brands over the other? If you don’t, then I think you need to reflect on your own personal style. Which bag would look the best with most of your outfits in your closet? I hope this has been helpful giving firsthand experience carrying both bags, and helps you decide if either of these bags are for you.

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10 Comments

  1. Maureen wrote:

    Both bags are extremely gorgeous! I am drawn to smaller sized bags so I maybe just a bit biased when I say but my favorite is the Gucci. Plus, I got little grubby hands always with me and I find that any metals on any bags or anything can be a pain in the butt especially if you can’t be careful with it. You end up scratching the bag or something else. How is the YSL metal holding up?

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    Posted 9.5.20 Reply
    • It still looks brand new! It’s more of a antiqued gold, so its held up really well.

      Posted 8.1.21 Reply
  2. Ginger wrote:

    Thank you for your very detailed comparaison! I went with the Yves Saint Laurent because of the larger size!

    Posted 12.20.20 Reply
    • I hope you love it! It’s my most carried everyday bag

      Posted 8.1.21 Reply
  3. Lan Tran wrote:

    Love the Saint Laurent bag on you. It’s perfect! Can you please help with the color name? I think you said it’s poudre but I can’t find that color anywhere. Could it be called anything else? Thanks so much! ❤️

    Posted 7.31.21 Reply
    • It’s also referred to as beige depending on the retailer!

      Posted 8.1.21 Reply
  4. Jennifer wrote:

    Does the Saint Laurent bag scratch easily? Does yours have any scratches after using it for awhile?

    Posted 10.22.21 Reply
  5. April wrote:

    Do either of these bags get stains from dark jeans because they are light? I love both and am torn between the beige and black.

    Posted 1.9.22 Reply
    • Any leather handbag worn with jeans (esp dark denim) will get marked! Mine actually don’t have any denim transfer with how I wear them, but it depends on your typical wardrobe. I worked at COACH and we always recommended using their leather moisturizer to buff out light transfer, usually the earlier you address it the better.

      Posted 1.9.22 Reply