A complete guide to all SLP City Backpacks, from the cheapest knock-of to the retail version.
Just like Saint Laurent’s Teddy jacket, their famous city backpack is now in their permanent collection. It retails for $895 online, but there are cheaper versions. We’re going through your Chinese options, from $40 as high as $180. Thanks to Reddit member gghdjjd who wrote most of these comments, and bought almost all of them to compare.
“So I wanted to get myself a Saint Laurent City/Hunter Backpack but I didn’t wanna pay super big money for Nina or Darcy because I’m a brokeboi so I looked around and used the Reddit search bar to find some other alternatives. Now I believe I have enough budget listings to warrant a list for this item.” – Reddit member gghdjjd
There are many versions of this backpack. Saint Laurent’s online store has everything from beautiful suede versions to full, black crocodile leather alternatives. On Taobao you have to stick to the nylon version with leather details. And there are two versions out there, the original with a hole in the back for headphones – Or the “hunting” versions without.
When comparing to the real thing, the three most important things to check are:
- The front two lines of text are centered and not crooked.
- The back patch is not centered on the retail version (it should be near the center-bottom)
- The material is correct with real leather.
As you can see, the new 2018 retail version has the front logo in silver. Most Taobao sellers has the gold version.
The ¥268 version
“This is the cheapest batch that I saw a previous review of. It is also the hunter version which means no headphone hole or laptop pocket. I decided to return it.”
- Poor front text (badly spaced and not centered).
- Acceptable back patch (badly spaced but positioned correctly).
- Fake leather.
- Wrong material and no zipper logos.
If you don’t care, this is the one for you. But if you want something with a bit more quality and which might pass as the real thing, look below.
The ¥396 version
This is the Good Man No 1 version, a Taobao seller which carries different versions of the backpack, as well as the black classic. It’s the most popular fake SLP backpack. It has real leather details, with the proper zippers, good build quality and everything comes marked with the Saint Laurent logo.
Make sure to use an agent when ordering. The seller is very inconsistent. Ask the seller to ship you a version with the logo being centered! Once arrived to your preferred agent’s warehouse, double check the logo and make sure you got the good batch. I had mine returned due to the logo being crooked.
- Acceptable front text while not being not embossed.
- Flawed back patch as the text is centered on most versions.
- Inconsistent seller.
“If you do not care about the back patch then this is the most worth it option. The lack of embossing is probably not something you might be called out for, even by the most notorious SLP heads.”
The ¥680 version
This looks really good. The letter spacing seems very good for the price and it comes with an SLP bag. It is also the hunting version. There is a Taobao listing unless you want to contact the seller via Wechat (Wechat ID: DZ-DONE) and ask for a lower price.
You should look at the reddit post and review which has more information.
- Good text position both for the front and back text!
- Kerning slightly too close and material slightly different according to a Reddit thread.
This is the one I would suggest if you’re looking for a very accurate bag. But you’re paying almost double the amount from the one above which drags down the overall rating.
NINA’s (¥950) version
The text is silver and it’s the city version! But it’s bad for the price. Nina does have other versions and colors that might interest you, like the camo version of the bag.
- Poor front text (not centered)
- Good back text (correct position)
My opinion: Only worth it if you get one with good positioning and you really want the city version.
You can read more about Nina and how to contact her store using our guide.
Darcy’s $180 USD version
The best quality for the highest price. This appears to be the hunter version. Darcy does have other versions and colors that might interest you, like the cameo version of the bag.
- Good front text (centered)
- Good back text (correct position)
If you want another color or simply want the best, this is for you. But it’s insanely priced and you might as well save up and buy the retail version. You can contact Darcy and see more photos via her Yupoo page.
In my opinion, go for the “Good man NO1” 396 Taobao version, but make sure to get the proper batch. If you’re using an agent, ask them to talk to the seller – Making sure you get a non-crooked logo on the front. If not, you would want to go with a more expensive pick.
It seems that the ¥680 batch is the most worth if you can spend just a bit more and comes recommended by the backpack expert Reddit user “gghdjjd”.
SLP Backpack find list from a year ago on DesignerReps containing batches I didn’t talk about (the ¥199, ¥320 and ¥460 batches are still up as of 2018-05-27 but I could not find any QCs or reviews or anything about them).