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In 1919, Spanish Basque fashion designer Cristòbal Balenciaga first started the Balenciaga fashion house as a small boutique in San Sebastián, Spain. The designer had a reputation from the start for having high, and unwavering, standards. It was this commitment to impeccable design that elevated the Balenciaga name among his contemporaries. This steadfast attention to detail coupled with the founder’s forward-thinking approach to designs would both become hallmarks of the Balenciaga fashion house. As the company expanded, Balenciaga boutiques were opened in Santiago, Madrid, and Barcelona. The Balenciaga reputation had grown so much that the Spanish Royal Family began to wear the company’s designs. However, with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Cristòbal was forced to close his stores in Spain. He moved to Paris shortly afterward. In Paris, Balenciaga opened a store on the posh Avenue George V. It was 1937, and the designer had his first runway show, which was steeped in references to the Spanish Renaissance. The collection was an overnight success, with the French Press raving about the new designer who had just recently arrived from Spain. They called Balenciaga’s designs revolutionary, with public demand increasing as a result. One of the popular Balenciaga creations of this time was the brand’s signature “square coat,” in which the coat’s sleeves were cut along with the yoke. During the post-War years, Balenciaga’s designs had cleaner, more defined lines — in stark contrast to the feminine hourglass shapes presented by Christian Dior and other designers of the time. The shapes created by Balenciaga enabled him to play with the design and its relation to a woman’s natural body shape — for example, a waistline would be dropped below or placed above a woman’s natural waistline, adding visual interest and creating an ever-changing silhouette. By the 1950s, Balenciaga would turn the traditional hourglass shape on its ear by playing with more modern shapes. His innovative designs spawned creations like the tunic dress (1951), the balloon jacket (1953), the baby doll dress, (1957), the cocoon dress (1957), the balloon skirt (1957), and the sack dress (1957). By 1959, Balenciaga would finish off the decade with his creation of the empire line, an elevated waistline used on Balenciaga dresses and coats. This new cut would further modernize women’s fashion just in time for the new era. The Balenciaga designs of the 1960s incorporated a lot of embroidery work and heavy fabrics. The brand became known for their heavy collar design that accentuated the collarbone, giving the wearer a long-necked and “swan-like” appearance. This design also included shortened cuffs and sleeves. By the mid-1980s, luxury perfume and toiletries manufacturer Jacques Bogart S.A. purchased Balenciaga and released a new ready-to-wear line called “Le Dix.” Designed by French designer Michel Goma, the new Balenciaga line received mixed reviews. Goma would continue designing for Balenciaga for five more years. In 1992, Goma’s successor, Dutch designer Josephus Thimister, would join the ranks of the company and would be responsible for reversing the brand’s increasingly irrelevant status in the fashion world, turning it into one of the most powerful fashion houses of the time. The young French designer Nicolas Ghesquière would join Balenciaga as license designer around this same time as Thimister. Ghesquière was promoted to head designer of the fashion house not long after, in 1997. He remained in this position until 2012, when the company announced that American fashion designer Alexander Wang would take over the role as Balenciaga’s new creative director. The young designer released his debut collection for the brand at Paris Fashion Week in February of 2013; the line was celebrated for its unusual materials and its intricate craftsmanship. Today, the Balenciaga name continues to be associated with a classy, yet avant-garde approach to fashion. In particular, Balenciaga handbags, with their super sleek design, have been at the forefront of the brand’s success in recent years.

614 items total

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Silver Hardware City Gris Fossile

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

Balenciaga

Agneau Gold Hardware Metallic Edge City Bleu Abyss

Condition: Very Good

$850

Balenciaga

Chevre Gold Metallic Edge Hardware S City Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,595

Balenciaga

Veau Papier A5 Zip Around Tote Gris Fossile

Condition: Very Good

$440

Balenciaga

Nylon Wheel Logo Backpack Black

Condition: Excellent

$795

Balenciaga

Agneau Arena Small Le Cagole Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$2,350

Balenciaga

Calfskin Padlock Mini All Afternoon Tote Pink

Condition: Excellent

$625

Balenciaga

Agneau Graffiti Classic Hardware Mini City Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,750

Balenciaga

Wool Plaid Souvenir XS Belt Bag Red

Condition: Very Good

$695

Balenciaga

Chevre Gold Metallic Edge Hardware City White

Condition: Very Good

$795

Balenciaga

Canvas S Navy Cabas Grey

Condition: Very Good

$550

Balenciaga

Grained Calfskin XXS Ville Top Handle Bag Pink

Condition: Excellent

$1,330

Balenciaga

Agneau Arena Small Le Cagole Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$2,304.5

Balenciaga

Calfskin Allover Logo M Ville Top Handle Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$995

Balenciaga

Calfskin XS Triangle Square Bag Royal Bleu

Condition: Excellent

$695

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Hardware S City Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,195

Balenciaga

Neoprene Knit Mens Speed Sneakers 13 Turquoise

Condition: Giftable

$495

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Hardware City Rose Thulian

Condition: Very Good

$595

Balenciaga

Chevre Silver Metallic Edge Hardware City Bleu Acier

Condition: Very Good

$1,185

Balenciaga

Nappa Calfskin Quilted Touch B Bucket Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$615

Balenciaga

Agneau Giant 12 Gold Hardware City Bleu Obscur

Condition: Very Good

$995

Balenciaga

PVC Logo Mens Pool Slide Sandals 9 Turquoise Black

Condition: Very Good

$250

Balenciaga

Agneau Giant 21 Silver Hardware Part Time Raisin

Condition: Very Good

$650

Balenciaga

Agneau Arena Small Le Cagole Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$2,195

Balenciaga

Agneau Arena Graffiti Bazar Pouch Black Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$655

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Hardware Graffiti Mini City White

Condition: Very Good

$1,295

Balenciaga

Agneau XS Bazar Shopper Tote Bleu White Black

Condition: Excellent

$650

Balenciaga

Nylon Wheel Logo Bucket Bag XS Black

Condition: Very Good

$650

Balenciaga

Fabric BB Pointy Toe Ankle Booties 35 Red

Condition: Excellent

$275

Balenciaga

Calfskin East West Everyday Tote Grey Black

Condition: Excellent

$995

Balenciaga

Patent Slash Ankle Boots 38 Silver

Condition: Excellent

$795

Balenciaga

Calfskin XXS Everyday Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$725

Balenciaga

Calfskin Cycle Slap Bracelet

Condition: Excellent

$195

Balenciaga

Agneau Graffiti Explorer Belt Bag White Grey

Condition: Very Good

$750

Balenciaga

Agneau Arena Small Explorer Crossbody Pouch Red

Condition: Excellent

$295

Balenciaga

Chevre Gold Metallic Edge Hardware Pouch Black

Condition: Excellent

$325

Balenciaga

Grained Calfskin Monday Bowler S Black

Condition: Very Good

$795

Balenciaga

Metallic Calfskin Matelasse BB Chain Wallet Silver

Condition: Very Good

$1,195

Balenciaga

Cotton Canvas Pochette Crossbody Bag Bleu Pacifique

Condition: Excellent

$595

Balenciaga

Embossed Calfskin Gossip Chain Bag XS Candy Pink

Condition: Excellent

$750

Balenciaga

Embossed Calfskin Gossip Chain Bag XS Candy Pink

Condition: Very Good

$695

Balenciaga

Embossed Calfskin Gossip Chain Bag XS Candy Pink

Condition: Excellent

$750

Balenciaga

Glitter Hourglass Top Handle Bag XS Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,950

Balenciaga

Grained Calfskin Cash Phone Holder Wallet Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Balenciaga

Calfskin Small Everyday Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$725

Balenciaga

Fabric Mesh Womens Triple S Sneakers 39 White

Condition: Very Good

$650

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Hardware Twiggy Ink

Condition: Good

$350

Balenciaga

Calfskin XS Downtown Shoulder Bag Light Green

Condition: Excellent

$1,395

Balenciaga

Jersey Crepe Pointed Toe Knife Booties 35 Azure

Condition: Excellent

$195

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Hardware Flat Crossbody Gris Tarmac

Condition: Very Good

$350

Balenciaga

Agneau Arena Rhinestone Neo Cagole XS Silver

Condition: Very Good

$1,650

Balenciaga

Veau Papier Sight Clutch Rose Orchid

Condition: Very Good

$450

Balenciaga

Grained Calfskin Neo Classic Gold Hardware S City Red

Condition: Excellent

$1,550

Balenciaga

Nylon Wheel Logo Bucket Bag XS Black

Condition: Excellent

$795

Balenciaga

Agneau XS Cabas Tote Gris Fossile

Condition: Very Good

$595

Balenciaga

Calfskin Small Everyday Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$795

Balenciaga

Neoprene Knit Womens Speed Sneakers 38 Black White

Condition: Very Good

$695

Balenciaga

Satin Jacquard Hotel Logo Slide Sandals 35 Black

Condition: Very Good

$150

Balenciaga

Agneau Giant 21 Silver Hardware Work Papyrus

Condition: Very Good

$625

Balenciaga

Cotton Canvas Striped Pochette Crossbody Bag Navy

Condition: Very Good

$475

Balenciaga

Shiny Box Calfskin Small Hourglass Top Handle Bag Red

Condition: Excellent

$1,850

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Hardware First Raisin

Condition: Very Good

$425

Balenciaga

Crushed Calfskin Crush Large Chain Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$2,995

Balenciaga

Grained Calfskin XXS Ville Top Handle Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$895

Balenciaga

Calfskin Printed Kitten Plastic Bag Shopper S Black

Condition: Very Good

$395

Balenciaga

Calfskin Quilted XS Sharp Top Handle Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$895

Balenciaga

Fabric Mesh Womens Triple S Sneakers 40 Light Lilac

Condition: Very Good

$695

Balenciaga

Calfskin Logo XS Everyday Camera Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$675

Balenciaga

Shiny Box Calfskin Small B Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$625

Balenciaga

Nylon Faux Fur Explorer Backpack Black Pink

Condition: Excellent

$795

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