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“Elegance is Elimination”

Cristóbal Balenciaga opened its first own tailor salon for women's fashion in San Sebastián, Spain in 1917. Soon he founded the first larger company with partners. After his emigration to France, he presented his first haute couture collection in 1937. His designs were soon delivered to the addresses of the most exclusive department stores. The stars of the time worshiped the designs of Balenciagas and helped him to his legendary status. His sometimes architecturally looking designs met on Spanish pride, flamenco skirts, grinding and other traditional elements were skilfully integrated into designs. With the death of the company founder, heavy years came to the company. Only a few years later, only perfumes were offered under the name of the brand. A restart experienced the company in 1989 under the creative direction of Michel Goma. The reintroduction of a prêt-à-porter collection turned out to be sustainable success. Nexter was still designed for large customers such as airlines and hotels. Under the direction of Nicolas Ghesquière, from 1997, the company became increasingly in the media. His experimental collections were often futuristic and expressive. As a source of inspiration, he served again and again old designs of Cristóbal Balenciaga. Ghesquière in 2000 introduced the Balenciaga handbags First and City and 2001 the model Lariat, which all developed into IT-Bags, for which, in part, due to the high demand, waiting lists had to be set up. In October 2015, Demna Gvasalia took over the creative direction, previously known with his own fashion brand VETMENTS. For the summer 2021, the first haute couture collection has been expected since 1968. Meanwhile, the company belongs to the kering group, a world-fitting network of over 150 boutiques grants the clientele comfortable access to the assortment of the house. Today, Balenciaga represents one of the most sought-after brands in the high-priced fashion segment. With fancy sneakers, extravagant handbags and many other accessories, the brand is now also achieving a recent target group.

Yes, the company with Spanish roots was opened by Cristóbal Balenciaga in 1919 in San Sebastián in the form of his first own store. With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, he relocated to Paris, where he opened his first store with haute couture designs in 1937. His often sculptural designs were considered absolute masterpieces of their kind in the 50s and 60s. After a checkered history, the company is still on course today and offers under the creative direction of Demna Gvasalia some of the most exciting ideas in the fashion world anywhere.

Probably the most famous bags of the house are the motocross bags in their variations and sizes. These bags date back to the creative designs of Nicolas Ghesquière and his team in the early 2000s. They have enjoyed great popularity ever since and are even currently experiencing a revival with their re-releases! The rounded bottom and Monogram clasp ensure that the bags in the Hourglass range can be spotted from afar, despite their variations and sizes. The house takes a different direction with some of its newer designs, which often feature the house name in prints and are representatives of a more pared-down design language.

Genuine bags are made of coated leather, which has a crushed look and at the same time shows a fine shine. The handles of real Motocross bags are also made of "Sueded Leather", which is distinguished from the rest of the bag by its roughened structure. Bag stands out. The rivets of the bags until 2005 have a round and slightly convex (outwardly curved) shape. Since that time, the rivets of real bags of the label bear notches.

Yes, the bags have a plate inside, which has a code. Moreover, this code has a letter in the middle of the entire code, which provides information about the year of manufacture and even the exact season. The counting of the seasons is alphabetical and backwards. However, prior to the F/W 2003 season, no letter was used to indicate the exact year of manufacture. This code also provides information about the leather batch and the exact style number of the Bag.

One of the peculiarities of the label is that most of the Balenciaga bags in the Motocross range come with a small mirror out of the box, which can also be found inside the Bag can be attached. These small mirrors are trimmed in the same leather as the Bag itself and offer the advantage of being able to conveniently check their own appearance even on the go.