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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.

727 items total

Balenciaga

Satin Pointed Toe Knife Mules 37 Rose Fuchsia

Condition: Very Good

$325

Balenciaga

Tight Booties 38 Black

Condition: Excellent

$425

Balenciaga

Veau Allover Logo Classic Hardware S City Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,850

Balenciaga

Veau Papier A6 Zip Around Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$745

Balenciaga

Agneau Giant 21 Rose Gold Hardware City Papyrus

Condition: Very Good

$425

Balenciaga

Chevre Silver Metallic Edge Velo Blue Nuit

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

Balenciaga

Agneau Le Cagole XS Bucket Bag Optic White

Condition: Excellent

$1,650

Balenciaga

Chevre Silver Metallic Edge Hardware Velo Gris Taupe

Condition: Excellent

$1,080

Balenciaga

Arena Lambskin Cagole 50 Sandals 39.5 Neon Yellow

Condition: Excellent

$525

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Coated Canvas BB Monogram Neo Cagole XS Brown

Condition: Excellent

$2,160

Balenciaga

Calfskin Hello Kitty Phone Holder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$625

Balenciaga

Grained Calfskin Small Hourglass Top Handle Bag White

Condition: Very Good

$1,795

Balenciaga

Grained Calfskin Hourglass Top Handle Bag XS Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,595

Balenciaga

Mesh Nylon Womens Track Sneakers 40 White

Condition: Excellent

$695

Balenciaga

Agneau Arena Small Le Cagole Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$2,295

Balenciaga

Agneau Giant 12 Silver Hardware Velo Gris Fossile

Condition: Very Good

$595

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Hardware City Black

Condition: Very Good

$850

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Calfskin Political Campaign Logo Pouch Black

Condition: Excellent

$525

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Silver Hardware S City Camel

Condition: Excellent

$1,295

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Silver Hardware Card Case Black

Condition: Very Good

$250

Balenciaga

Calfskin Quilted Touch B Wallet on Chain Silver

Condition: Very Good

$795

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Agneau Giant 12 Gold Hardware Mini City Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,095

Balenciaga

Laminated Knit Womens Speed Sneakers 39 Black

Condition: Very Good

$495

Balenciaga

Calfskin Hobo Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$525

Balenciaga

Satin Pointed Toe Knife Mules 38 Rose Fuchsia

Condition: Excellent

$325

Balenciaga

Fabric Mesh Mens Triple S Sneakers 42 Black Kaki

Condition: Excellent

$725

Balenciaga

Faux Fur Everyday Phone Holder Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$725

Balenciaga

Calf Hair Classic Silver Hardware Mini City Pink

Condition: Very Good

$850

Balenciaga

Calfskin Everyday Tote XS Black

Condition: Excellent

$950

Balenciaga

Patinated Calfskin Round Toe 110 Booties 38 Black

Condition: Excellent

$625

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Hardware Velo Black

Condition: Very Good

$625

Balenciaga

Denim Ankle Strap Round Heel Sandals 35 Bleu Clair

Condition: Excellent

$350

Balenciaga

Calfskin Logo S Everyday Camera Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$995

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Silver Hardware City Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,150

Balenciaga

Calfskin Neo Small Hobo Classic Hardware Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,650

Balenciaga

Suede Rhinestone Hourglass Chain Bag Grey

Condition: Excellent

$3,595

Balenciaga

Nylon Wheel Logo Bucket Bag XS Black

Condition: New

$650

Balenciaga

Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Hourglass Chain Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,495

Balenciaga

Patent Crocodile Embossed Classic Hardware City Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,395

Balenciaga

Denim BB Monogram Hourglass Chain Bag Denim Blue

Condition: Excellent

$1,595

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Hardware Day Hobo Rose Bruyere

Condition: Very Good

$425

Balenciaga

Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Hourglass Chain Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,395

Balenciaga

Agneau Giant 21 Silver Hardware City Cyclamen

Condition: Very Good

$525

Balenciaga

Smooth Calfskin Neo Classic Hardware Mini City Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,350

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Hardware City Gris Chartreux

Condition: Very Good

$695

Balenciaga

Agneau Giant 21 Silver Hardware Part Time Raisin

Condition: Very Good

$650

Balenciaga

Agneau Arena Crystal Neo Cagole XS City Black

Condition: Excellent

$2,795

Balenciaga

Chevre Giant 12 Rose Gold Hardware Velo Beige Latte

Condition: Very Good

$450

Balenciaga

Satin Pointed Toe Knife Mules 38 Green

Condition: Excellent

$250

Balenciaga

Knit Metal Womens Speed Sneakers 36 Black Gold

Condition: Very Good

$650

Balenciaga

Chevre Gold Metallic Edge Hardware City Rouge Tango

Condition: Very Good

$1,095

Balenciaga

Mesh Nylon Mens Track Hike Sneakers 43 Black White

Condition: Excellent

$725

Balenciaga

Calfskin Quilted XXS Ville Top Handle Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$825

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Hardware First Bleu Paon

Condition: Very Good

$595

Balenciaga

Baby Daim Suede Classic Hardware Work Fonce

Condition: Very Good

$995

Balenciaga

Metallic Textured Calfskin Cloud Clutch XS Black

Condition: Excellent

$695

Balenciaga

Canvas Matelasse Explorer Backpack Neon Green

Condition: Excellent

$395

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Silver Hardware Mini City Rose Magenta

Condition: Excellent

$1,250

Balenciaga

Mesh Nylon Mens Track Sneakers 42 Silver

Condition: Very Good

$550

Balenciaga

Calfskin XS Everyday Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$795

Balenciaga

Agneau Classic Hardware Pouch Flap Clutch Black

Condition: Very Good

$250

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