Balenciaga

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.
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BALENCIAGA Smooth Calfskin Mini Papier Wallet Light RoseCompany Product

Balenciaga

Smooth Calfskin Mini Papier Wallet Light Rose

Condition: Excellent

$270

BALENCIAGA Calfskin Stripe Embossed Gossip Chain Bag XS BlackCompany Product

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Calfskin Stripe Embossed Gossip Chain Bag XS Black

Condition: Excellent

$885

BALENCIAGA Shiny Box Calfskin Hourglass Chain Bag Bright RedCompany Product

Balenciaga

Shiny Box Calfskin Hourglass Chain Bag Bright Red

Condition: Excellent

$995

BALENCIAGA Agneau S Blanket Square Tote BlackCompany Product

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Agneau S Blanket Square Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$560

BALENCIAGA Grained Calfskin Hourglass Top Handle Bag XS BlackCompany Product

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Grained Calfskin Hourglass Top Handle Bag XS Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,095

BALENCIAGA Calfskin Cabas XS PinkCompany Product

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Calfskin Cabas XS Pink

Condition: Excellent

$480

BALENCIAGA Calfskin Logo XS Everyday Camera Bag BlackCompany Product

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Calfskin Logo XS Everyday Camera Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$455

BALENCIAGA Calfskin Papier Sight Shoulder Bag BlackCompany Product

Balenciaga

Calfskin Papier Sight Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$635

BALENCIAGA Agneau Classic Silver Hardware Mini City AnthraciteCompany Product

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Silver Hardware Mini City Anthracite

Condition: Excellent

$1,285

BALENCIAGA Knit Bi-Color Sole Mens Speed 2.0 Sneakers 45 WhiteCompany Product

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Knit Bi-Color Sole Mens Speed 2.0 Sneakers 45 White

Condition: Excellent

$670

BALENCIAGA Chevre Gold Metallic Edge Hardware City BlackCompany Product

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Chevre Gold Metallic Edge Hardware City Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,340

BALENCIAGA Strass Suede Hourglass Chain Bag Smoke Grey CrystalCompany Product

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Strass Suede Hourglass Chain Bag Smoke Grey Crystal

Condition: Excellent

$2,515

BALENCIAGA Peach Calfskin Small BB Soft Flap Bag Sweet PinkCompany Product

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Peach Calfskin Small BB Soft Flap Bag Sweet Pink

Condition: Excellent

$1,250

BALENCIAGA Fabric Mesh Womens Phantom Sneakers 37 Beige MixCompany Product

Balenciaga

Fabric Mesh Womens Phantom Sneakers 37 Beige Mix

Condition: Excellent

$510

BALENCIAGA Cotton Canvas Calfskin Navy Cabas XS Natural BlackCompany Product

Balenciaga

Cotton Canvas Calfskin Navy Cabas XS Natural Black

Condition: Excellent

$635

BALENCIAGA Signature Grained Calfskin Logo Ville Day Bag BlackCompany Product

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Signature Grained Calfskin Logo Ville Day Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$635

BALENCIAGA Agneau Arena Small Le Cagole Shoulder Bag Fluo PinkCompany Product

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Agneau Arena Small Le Cagole Shoulder Bag Fluo Pink

Condition: Excellent

$2,030

BALENCIAGA Calfskin S Triangle Duffle WhiteCompany Product

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Calfskin S Triangle Duffle White

Condition: Very Good

$805

BALENCIAGA Squared Calfskin Logo Shopping Phone Holder Bag RedCompany Product

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Squared Calfskin Logo Shopping Phone Holder Bag Red

Condition: Very Good

$590

BALENCIAGA Grained Calfskin Neo Classic Hardware Mini City BlackCompany Product

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Grained Calfskin Neo Classic Hardware Mini City Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,255

BALENCIAGA Mesh Nylon Womens Track Sneakers 41 Blue GreenCompany Product

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Mesh Nylon Womens Track Sneakers 41 Blue Green

Condition: Excellent

$635

BALENCIAGA Agneau Arena Le Cagole Mini Purse With Chain BlackCompany Product

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Agneau Arena Le Cagole Mini Purse With Chain Black

Condition: Excellent

$910

BALENCIAGA Knit Round Toe Stage 100mm Booties 39 BlackCompany Product

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Knit Round Toe Stage 100mm Booties 39 Black

Condition: Excellent

$695

BALENCIAGA Agneau Giant 12 Silver Hardware City BlackCompany Product

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Agneau Giant 12 Silver Hardware City Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,065

BALENCIAGA Agneau Classic Hardware First AnthraciteCompany Product

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Agneau Classic Hardware First Anthracite

Condition: Very Good

$590

BALENCIAGA Chevre Silver Metallic Edge Hardware S City BlackCompany Product

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Chevre Silver Metallic Edge Hardware S City Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,630

BALENCIAGA Nappa Square Knife 80mm Pumps 36 BlackCompany Product

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Nappa Square Knife 80mm Pumps 36 Black

Condition: Excellent

$425

BALENCIAGA Shiny Day Calfskin M Triangle Pouch BlackCompany Product

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Shiny Day Calfskin M Triangle Pouch Black

Condition: Excellent

$315

BALENCIAGA Shiny Box Calfskin Hourglass Top Handle Bag XS YellowCompany Product

Balenciaga

Shiny Box Calfskin Hourglass Top Handle Bag XS Yellow

Condition: Excellent

$1,255

BALENCIAGA Fabric Mesh Womens Phantom Sneakers 37 PinkCompany Product

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Fabric Mesh Womens Phantom Sneakers 37 Pink

Condition: Excellent

$590

BALENCIAGA Agneau Classic Silver Hardware Velo BlackCompany Product

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Agneau Classic Silver Hardware Velo Black

Condition: Very Good

$720

BALENCIAGA Agneau Classic Silver Hardware Compact Wallet BlackCompany Product

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Agneau Classic Silver Hardware Compact Wallet Black

Condition: Very Good

$225

BALENCIAGA Calfskin Everyday Multi Card Case Bright BleuCompany Product

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Calfskin Everyday Multi Card Case Bright Bleu

Condition: Very Good

$175

BALENCIAGA Agneau Arena Le Cagole Mini Heart Bag BlackCompany Product

Balenciaga

Agneau Arena Le Cagole Mini Heart Bag Black

Condition: New

$1,065

BALENCIAGA Mesh Rubber Womens Track Mules 38 BeigeCompany Product

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Mesh Rubber Womens Track Mules 38 Beige

Condition: Excellent

$530

BALENCIAGA Neoprene Knit Womens Speed Sneakers 38 Black WhiteCompany Product

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Neoprene Knit Womens Speed Sneakers 38 Black White

Condition: Very Good

$530

BALENCIAGA Calfskin Mens Square Toe Derby Shoes 42 BlackCompany Product

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Calfskin Mens Square Toe Derby Shoes 42 Black

Condition: Excellent

$370

BALENCIAGA Agneau Explorer Tote BlackCompany Product

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Agneau Explorer Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$670

BALENCIAGA Agneau Classic Silver Hardware First Gris FossileCompany Product

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Silver Hardware First Gris Fossile

Condition: Very Good

$850

BALENCIAGA Agneau Classic Hardware Part Time PourpreCompany Product

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Agneau Classic Hardware Part Time Pourpre

Condition: Very Good

$590

BALENCIAGA Calfskin Neo Classic Card Holder Blue GreyCompany Product

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Calfskin Neo Classic Card Holder Blue Grey

Condition: Excellent

$210

BALENCIAGA Agneau Giant 12 Gold Hardware City Bleu ObscurCompany Product

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Agneau Giant 12 Gold Hardware City Bleu Obscur

Condition: Excellent

$1,000

BALENCIAGA Agneau Arena Small Le Cagole Shoulder Bag BlackCompany Product

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Agneau Arena Small Le Cagole Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,920

BALENCIAGA Agneau Arena Paris Print XS Bazar Shopper ToteCompany Product

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Agneau Arena Paris Print XS Bazar Shopper Tote

Condition: Very Good

$590

BALENCIAGA Agneau Arena Neo Cagole XS Sweet PinkCompany Product

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Agneau Arena Neo Cagole XS Sweet Pink

Condition: Very Good

$1,125

BALENCIAGA Calfskin XS Fringe Laundry Cabas BlackCompany Product

Balenciaga

Calfskin XS Fringe Laundry Cabas Black

Condition: Very Good

$695

BALENCIAGA Agneau Classic Hardware Mini City AnthraciteCompany Product

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Hardware Mini City Anthracite

Condition: Very Good

$745

BALENCIAGA Denim Embellished Le Cagole Shoulder Bag XS BlackCompany Product

Balenciaga

Denim Embellished Le Cagole Shoulder Bag XS Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,850

BALENCIAGA Agneau Arena Le Cagole Chain Shoulder Bag XS BlackCompany Product

Balenciaga

Agneau Arena Le Cagole Chain Shoulder Bag XS Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,495

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