Extra Odd Extra-Large Bags from Balenciaga

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When Balenciaga came out with the Bazar Shopper’s Tote, it was a highly discussed headliner. It was the glammed up version of an otherwise plastic bag you can buy off the streets of Asia.

But runway after runway, season after season, in every capsule collection, more and more of these everyday/household plastic bags in full leather form make its way to market, and Balenciaga stores.

It’s one of those love-it-or-leave-it designs that would either make you roll your eyes, or salivate with fervor. And because life is busy enough, and curiousity can take us from one handbag to another. Let’s try to have some form of a guide with what we’ve seen so far.

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This bag’s been available in plastic form all over Asia. These are sold on the streets, folded neatly, with a wide zipper and a shoulder handle strap. They come in a variety of prints, but most commonly in checkered or stripes.

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Thankfully Balenciaga offers varying sizes on this bag aside from the Extra Large sized ones. There are also plain colored options if the stripes put you off.  It’s definitely an interesting bag. And something that would strike me odd. Little did we know that this is just the beginning pointing us where Balenciaga wants to go, and where they’re going to take us.balenciaga-bazar-shopper-extra-large-2

These extra large Bazar Shopper is definitely a stand out, statement bag. Not just for the size, but for the whole idea of it. Why buy thousands of dollars for a bag that can be bought for a dollar? And why would handbag lovers or fashionistas want to buy one and wear one at all?

Arena Extra Large Shopper Tote

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When I first saw this bag, I thought it was great that it had a top handle for the arms, and an extra set of longer handles for the shoulders. But there was something about the blue leather that felt too familiar.

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IKEA has something like this! And it seems that’s where the idea came from altogether. Yet another plastic bag that costs like nothing.

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And now, Balenciaga has decided to push a new bag from the same strand of inspiration. And this time, it’s the linen department.

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The Blanket bag looks exactly what a comforter set would look like. And though there are plain leather variations of this bag and varying sizes, the flagship design is the bedroom prints, cliché in beddings. You’ve seen these before. And it strikes as odd to be a fashion statement.blanket

Balenciaga may have gotten into a brand rut with their motorcycle jacket themed bags they’ve toted around forever. Is it worth it to dish out these utilitarian luxury themed bags? Perhaps. We haven’t heard Balenciaga make waves as much as it has these past few seasons. The realy question is, would you buy one for actual use?


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Balenciaga Leather Guide

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Balenciaga Chevre Leather
Belanciaga Chevre Leather has been a classic since the moment it made its way onto the runway. Women are highly fond of this gorgeous goatskin- it’s beautiful soft texture, it’s gorgeous texture and appearance, and its resistance to scuffs and scrapes. It’s fairly easy to take care of, as you don’t have to be overly careful with this type of leather. The normal amount of care works perfectly on this leather, and if damage does occur, it can be fixed rather quickly.

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Balenciaga Agnea Leather
In the Fall/Winter season of 2007, Belanciaga switched up their leather from the classic Blenciaga Chevre Leather (goatskin) to what we all know and love now as Belanciaga Agnea Leather (lambskin). And while many women state there’s hardly a difference between the two and they wouldn’t know without checking the tag, others disagree- not negatively, though. Some women claim their lambskin leather is thicker and softer than goatskin, however the softness tends to smoosh the bag with harsh use. You may need to handle this soft, yet resistant leather with a bit more care than goatskin, although lamsbkin is still very resistant to the elements. It is important to remember that every year the leather changes, so some lambskins may feel softer than other years or be more resiliant than years prior.

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Balenciaga Calfskin Leather
You won’t find Balenciaga Calfskin Leather often, but when you do run across it you’ll be presently surprised. Calfskin is simply gorgeous, with a veiny appearance that many ladies are drawn to. But it’s not just the crinkled texture that grabs attention: calfskin is also extremely durable and resistant to scuffs and marks. It’s very easy to take care of, and choosing between calfskin or lambskin is really a matter of personal preference than anything else. It is important to note that you shouldn’t use any conditioner on Balenciaga calfskin bags! Handle with care like you would any other expensive bag, and take it in for professional cleaning if needed.

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Balenciaga Metal Plate

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Balenciaga has decided to reinvent their Classic Motorcycle line by adorning their bags with shiny palladium plates on the front.  Instead of their traditional lambskin leather, these bags are made of (hopefully more durable) shiny calfskin. They have an interesting contrast of smooth golden toned studs against the silver toned plates. So far they have the Classic Metal Plate City and Mini City available for purchase.  

I find it very interesting how they like to change up the hardware styles now.  Mixing metal colors on a handbag is something very novel to me. What will they think of next?
Rose Petale City
Noir City

Noir Mini City

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The Balenciaga Papier Triple Zip Around That Rivals the Céline Trio

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When the Céline Trio became one of the most sought-after bags around, it was kind of funny to me. Don’t get me wrong; I bought into the hype and purchased two Céline Trios and really love the bags, but it’s also incredibly simple–almost too simple. I guess it showed up at the right time, when many shoppers wanted an easy, simple bag that could actually fit a bunch of stuff. While I still carry my Trios (they are great for travel!), I want a little something more, style-wise.

When I got my hands on the Balenciaga Papier Triple Zip Around Bag (sometimes called the Envelope Bag or Crossbody Bag), it was love. The bag rivals the Trio, as it also offers three compartments, but there is a much more distinct style and edginess to the design.

Similarly to the Trio, the bag has a long crossbody strap, but I’d venture to say it might be a tad more spacious than the Trio. I should have done a What Fits side-by-side comparison, so next time I grab this bag, I will do that for you. The leather is a durable calfskin, and there is a triangular flap on front that is very Balenciaga. The bag’s dimensions are 11″H x 12.6″W x 4.7″D and you can buy this bag via Neiman Marcus for $1,335.

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New Balenciaga City Bags For Spring 2016 Collection

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For the Spring 2016 Collection, Balenciaga introduces the Highlight City and Metal Plate City bags for both regular and mini sizes. Its been a while since the City has gotten a new look so its refreshing to see an update on this classic.

Fitstly, the Highlight City is made of soft grained calfskin which features contrasting white leather edges. It comes in shiny palladium metal hardware.

Secondly, the Metal Plate City features the Balenciaga logo-etched metal plate in front of the bag. The plate comes in polished goldtone and silvertone hardware.

These styles are going to be in stores soon in the meanwhile preorders are currently available at Barneys andMytheresa.

Highlight City

Style

Price

Balenciaga Highlight City Bag $2,095.00 (USD)
Balenciaga Highlight Mini City Bag $1,445.00 (USD)

Metal Plate City

Style

Price

Balenciaga Metal Plate City Bag $2,195.00 (USD)
Balenciaga Metal Plate Mini City Bag $1,585.00 (USD)

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Chrissy Teigen x Balenciaga Cable Strap Small Shopper Bag: The Hostess with the Mostest

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Chrissy Teigen x Balenciaga Cable Strap Small Shopper Bag

It seems Chrissy Teigen and I have a thing or two in common…we both love a black and white outfit! And I must say, her taste in bags and cat-eye sunnies is equally Snobby. The juxtaposition of tough cable straps and ladylike structure makes this Balenciaga (at Neiman Marcus for $1,615) a perfect symbol for Chrissy herself. She may have received mixed reviews as host of the Billboard Music Awards, but as Anna Wintour says, “If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better.” And that she most certainly does. I love a girl who thinks of this as an off-duty look. The A.L.C. pencil skirt (at Intermix for $309, from $445) and on-trend crop top look incredible on her. It’s clear to all around that this is a model – and one with model style to go along with it! Steal the look for yourself below…

Chrissy Teigen x Balenciaga Cable Strap Small Shopper Bag

Opening Ceremony Mac Small Structured Tote 

Chrissy Teigen x Balenciaga Cable Strap Small Shopper BagAmerican Apparel Cotton Spandex Sleeveless Crop Top

Chrissy Teigen x Balenciaga Cable Strap Small Shopper BagElizabeth and James Aisling Printed Stretch-Scuba Jersey Pencil Skirticon

Chrissy Teigen x Balenciaga Cable Strap Small Shopper BagSteve Madden Varcity Pumpicon 

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