Balenciaga Graffiti City Classic S

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There’s a good reason why Nicolas Ghesquiere’s iconic design for Balenciaga has withstood the test of time. The Classic City is as iconic a bag as it gets, and amongst fans of the Parisian label this is a must-have in their bag collection. Thanks to the bag’s easy-to-use top zip closure, removable shoulder strap and that framed leather mirror that we use for emergency situations (guilty as charged), it is heartening to know that even under the current rein of Demma Gvasalia, the bag is still around. Going a step further and given Demna’s eclectic twist, he is now showing us what happens when he gets creative with magic markers.

Look hard enough though, and you’ll find that there’s more to it than just a random graffiti print. Aside from the huge hand-scrawled ‘Balenciaga’ in blue, there’s also the Parisian boutique’s address (in case you ever needed to know where it is), along with the words ‘City S’ (in case you need to know the bag’s name and size). Turn it around and you’ll find the web address, amongst words like ‘leather bag’ and ‘city’.

Available in the same lambskin exterior and brass hardware finishings that we have grown to love over the years, you’ll find the Graffiti Classic City S over at our local boutiques (one was spotted over at Marina Bay Sands) where it retails for SGD2800. Not exactly cheap, but still better than pre-ordering online via Balenciaga where it costs USD2055 (before shipping) and be delivered only after 31 August. In other words, brick-and-mortar 1, online 0.

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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.


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


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.


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.


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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Whoever said that your phone holder couldn’t be stylish and classy? Certainly this person doesn’t know what she is talking about or maybe she haven’t heard yet of this Classic Phone Holder Shoulder Bag from Balenciaga.

Inspired by the iconic Classic City Bag, mirroring the famous motorcycle bag design, any fashionista can recognize instantly that this is a Balenciaga creation. Notice carefully the DNA’s that has been copied, like the little bucket-like-design on the bottom corners, the top zip with long tassels and the finest leather.

Yes, more like filling two needs with one bag, this Balenciaga luxe leather creation functions as a phone holder and as a little shoulder bag as well. A contemporary essential on its own, its crinkled blue leather is created to hold your smartphone and other necessary basics for a minimalist look.

The bag features a zipped top, zipped front pocket and back slot pocket perfect for carrying your essentials. It also has an adjustable shoulder strap, which makes it easier you wear over your shoulder or around your neck.

It measures 8′ x 5.5′ x 0.5′ (H x W x D) inches and is priced €460 euro or $515 USD via MyTheresa.

So what do you think?







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The Bazar Bag is a new release from Balenciaga and is in fact a small shopping bag thus making it a perfect partner whenever you go out on a shopping spree.

Known for its famous motorcycle bags like the Classic City Bag, Balenciaga looks like its opening its doors to trying new things and such is the case with this new bag beauty. Will it be then next bag icon?

With removable and adjustable cross body strap, the Bazar bag is sure to be the one particular bag that your hands will be reaching for anytime of the day. It also features Nappa leather body, shiny palladium metal hardware, 1 zip and 1 patch pocket with Balenciaga embossed tag inside and an eye-catching embossed gold Balenciaga logo on front, this bag might as well be a match made in heaven for tough, chic women who wants simple yet modern approach when it comes to their daily go-to bags.

The Balenciaga Bazar Bag comes in two colors (and more at the boutiques): Black and Dark Green. The small sizes in single color lambskin is measured 11.3’ x 10.9’ x 5.5’ inches (W x H x D) and priced at $1265 USD or €995 euro. The small sizes in multicolor lambskin is priced at $1495 USD or €1195 euro.

The medium sizes in multicolor lambskin is measured 14.4’ x 14.4’ x 7.8’ inches (W x H x D) and priced at $1645 USD or €1295 euro via Balenciaga boutique.







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Bags From Balenciaga’s Past: Check Out 20+ Past and Present Balenciaga Bags Our Forum Members Love

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Balenciaga F/W16 Bazar Shopper

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I believed I’ve officially lost it. Like seriously flipped out, gone bonkers and lost all my marbles along the way too. Why? Because instead of being extremely incensed that this joke of a bag is being passed off as a luxury item, instead of mocking its very existence since plastic versions of it gone for less than a dollar here in Asia, instead of questioning why a revered brand like Balenciaga would even deign it fit to sit on their store shelves, funnily enough, I want it for myself. There, I said it.

Maybe I’m loving the extreme irony of it all, that such a lowly item in the natural order of bags should be remade into something as precious as lambskin leather. Or maybe I’m just sick of everything else that’s currently on the market that’s either an icon (because you can keep selling that same bag over and over again), that’s all the same (hey, let’s do another mini bag because everyone else is doing it!) or that’s a safe, editor-approved bag guaranteed to make their best-of-FW16 list for sure.


Then again, my obsession with Balenciaga’s Bazar Shopper can’t be explained at all, and I just made everything up just to justify buying the one in Medium the measures 37 cm by 37 cm (shown above) that I’m also assuming will fit comfortably over my shoulder given its generous strap drop. There’s also one in Large but no details have been released on that yet, while the Small (29 cm by 28) will come with an additional shoulder sling as well.

Finished with shiny palladium hardware and embossed with the smallest Balenciaga logo ever on the front in gold, I’m even ok with paying USD1520 for the Made in Italytote in Medium, which if I’m not wrong, is still cheaper than the one Louis Vuitton did (yes, they offered something like this too) back when Marc Jacobs was still their Creative Director.

Thankfully (or not), the Bazar Shopper isn’t available to be purchased yet, though you can pre-order it first via Balenciaga online. Which means I’ll still have time to ponder really hard regarding wanting something that doesn’t make any sense. Then again, it’s just a bag. If we all really wanted to make any sense, we would all be content with just one bag each because how many bags do we really need anyway

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