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Balenciaga Black Canvas Cotton Bag
Located in Athens, GA
Balenciaga Black Canvas Cotton Bag. Can be worn as a crossbody too. Cute small size bag. Mint like brand new condition. Includes pouch inside. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Balenciaga Black Leather Belt Bag
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Balenciaga belt bag in black leather with gold hardware. Zipper closure. Thin and adjustable belt. Internally equipped with pockets. Equipped also with two external pockets, one on t...
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2010s Belt Bags

  • Balenciaga Black Leather Belt Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather Belt Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather Belt Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather Belt Bag
H 7.09 in. D 1.78 in. L 5.12 in.
Balenciaga Black Crocodile Weekender Bag
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Balenciaga Black Crocodile Weekender- PRISTINE: appears never carried The iconic moto inspired design elements are all present in this incredible unisex travel bag. Matte black croco...
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21st Century and Contemporary Duffel Bags and Carry-On Bags

Balenciaga B Logo Plaque Bag Black
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This belt bag is made with black leather and features top zip fastening, a front zip pocket, metal logo plaque at the front and silver-tone hardware. COLOR: Black ITEM CODE: 530028 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belt Bags

  • Balenciaga B Logo Plaque Bag Black
  • Balenciaga B Logo Plaque Bag Black
  • Balenciaga B Logo Plaque Bag Black
  • Balenciaga B Logo Plaque Bag Black
H 5 in. D 2.5 in. L 14 in.
Balenciaga Black Leather GSH Pompon Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Balenciaga 'Pompon' tote will become your favorite daytime wardrobe addition. It is crafted from black leather and accented with signature silver-tone metal studs and other hard...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Balenciaga Black Leather GSH Pompon Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather GSH Pompon Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather GSH Pompon Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather GSH Pompon Bag
H 15.16 in. W 8.67 in. L 8.67 in.
Balenciaga Black Leather Motocross Blackout City S Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This stunning bag by Balenciaga is one of a kind. Crafted from leather, it comes in a classic shade of black. It features perforated accents and has a structured silhouette. It comes...
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2010s Tote Bags

Balenciaga Black Leather RH Day Messenger Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This easy-to-carry Balenciaga RH Day messenger bag can be paraded from workday to the weekend. It has a smart and practical design. The bag is crafted using leather, lined with fabri...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Balenciaga Black Leather RH Day Messenger Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather RH Day Messenger Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather RH Day Messenger Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather RH Day Messenger Bag
H 13.78 in. W 4.73 in. L 12.21 in.
Balenciaga Black and White Crossbody Bag
Located in Athens, GA
Balenciaga Black and White Crossbody Bag. Silver top handle. Can be worn as a clutch or as a crossbody bag. Mint like new condition. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Balenciaga Black Anthracite Leather Giant Hardware Midday Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A popular bag among celebrities, this Midday bag by Balenciaga will never leave you unnoticed! It is crafted from leather and is accented with oversized signature metal buckle and st...
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2010s Tote Bags

Balenciaga Maroon/Black Raffia Maxi Basket Tote Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Masterfully crafted from raffia, this Balenciaga bag can, without difficulty, hold more than just your essentials. It carries the signature logo in gold-tone metal on the front. The ...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Balenciaga Maroon/Black Raffia Maxi Basket Tote Bag
  • Balenciaga Maroon/Black Raffia Maxi Basket Tote Bag
  • Balenciaga Maroon/Black Raffia Maxi Basket Tote Bag
  • Balenciaga Maroon/Black Raffia Maxi Basket Tote Bag
H 12.21 in. W 5.91 in. L 19.69 in.
Balenciaga Black Leather Bucket Bag with Silver Hardware
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Balenciaga bucket bag in black leather, silver hardware. Equipped with double leather handle and removable shoulder strap. Fully capacious lace closure. Dimensions: 30 × 30 × 34 cm
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Balenciaga Black Leather Giant Hardware 21 Midday Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A popular bag among celebrities, this 21 Midday bag by Balenciaga will never leave you unnoticed! It is crafted from black leather and is accented with signature metal buckle and stu...
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2010s Tote Bags

Balenciaga Graffiti Ville Bag
Located in Athens, GA
Balenciaga Graffiti Ville Bag. Black with graffiti design. Mint like new condition. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Balenciaga Black/White Leather XS Souvenir Bike Chain Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This bag from Balenciaga is simply amazing! It has been crafted using quality leather and comes in black and white hues with logo print details all over. It is stylish and extremely ...
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2010s Belt Bags

Balenciaga Blackout City Debossed Graffiti Black Leather Shoulder Bag
Located in London, GB
Balenciaga Blackout City Debossed Graffiti Black Leather Shoulder Bag - Vampish update on the signature 00's city bag, with laser cut-outs replacing the siganture hardware - Mat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

BALENCIAGA black leather LE DIX MINI Crossbody Satchel Bag
Located in Zürich, CH
authentic Balenciaga 'Le Dix Mini' satchel crossbody bag in black grained calfskin with silver- and gold-tone hardware. Opens with a flap and zipper and is divided in three compartme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Balenciaga Black Woven Straw and Leather Vintage Flap Shoulder Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Add a touch of elegance when you style this Balenciaga handbag with your favorite attire. Bold and sharp, this bag is designed in a black woven straw and leather body. It features a ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

BALENCIAGA black leather white LOGO VILLE MEDIUM TOP HANDLE Bag
Located in Zürich, CH
authentic Balenciaga Ville Medium graffiti logo bag in black grained calfskin with large white graffiti inspired Balenciaga front logo. Opens with a top zip fastening with padlock an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Balenciaga Multicolor Leather Medium Bazar Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Displaying perfect designs, this Balenciaga bag is a closet vintage and stands out. The exquisite design of this multicolor bag adds a classic finish to your overall look. This beaut...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Balenciaga Multicolor Leather Medium Bazar Bag
  • Balenciaga Multicolor Leather Medium Bazar Bag
  • Balenciaga Multicolor Leather Medium Bazar Bag
  • Balenciaga Multicolor Leather Medium Bazar Bag
H 14.57 in. W 7.49 in. L 14.97 in.
Balenciaga Charbon Leather GH Midday Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A popular bag among celebrities, this Midday bag by Balenciaga will never leave you unnoticed! It is crafted from leather and is accented with oversized signature metal buckle and st...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Balenciaga Charbon Leather GH Midday Bag
  • Balenciaga Charbon Leather GH Midday Bag
  • Balenciaga Charbon Leather GH Midday Bag
  • Balenciaga Charbon Leather GH Midday Bag
H 11.23 in. W 7.49 in. L 15.56 in.
Balenciaga Raisin Leather GGH RTT Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Carry this tote with you everywhere you go. Crafted from quality leather, this Balenciaga bag is adorned with gold-tone studs and buckle motifs. It has comfortable handles and an ext...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Balenciaga Raisin Leather GGH RTT Bag
  • Balenciaga Raisin Leather GGH RTT Bag
  • Balenciaga Raisin Leather GGH RTT Bag
  • Balenciaga Raisin Leather GGH RTT Bag
H 13.59 in. W 5.91 in. L 18.71 in.
Balenciaga Raisin Leather SGH Brief Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Carry this Brief bag with you everywhere you go. Crafted from quality leather, this Balenciaga bag is adorned with silver-tone studs and buckle motifs. It has comfortable handles and...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Balenciaga Raisin Leather SGH Brief Bag
  • Balenciaga Raisin Leather SGH Brief Bag
  • Balenciaga Raisin Leather SGH Brief Bag
  • Balenciaga Raisin Leather SGH Brief Bag
H 13 in. W 3.35 in. L 17.52 in.
Balenciaga Bordeaux Leather GGH RTT Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Carry this tote with you everywhere you go. Crafted from quality leather, this Balenciaga bag is adorned with gold-tone studs and buckle motifs. It has comfortable handles and an ext...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Balenciaga Bordeaux Leather GGH RTT Bag
  • Balenciaga Bordeaux Leather GGH RTT Bag
  • Balenciaga Bordeaux Leather GGH RTT Bag
  • Balenciaga Bordeaux Leather GGH RTT Bag
H 13.59 in. W 5.91 in. L 18.71 in.
Balenciaga, City Bag in burgundy leather
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: BALENCIAGA - Model: City bag - Condition: Very good condition. Interior stains, Stain on the strap - Accessories: Dustbag, Strap (Removable & Adjustable) - Measurements: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Balenciaga, City Bag in burgundy leather
  • Balenciaga, City Bag in burgundy leather
  • Balenciaga, City Bag in burgundy leather
  • Balenciaga, City Bag in burgundy leather
H 9.06 in. W 14.57 in. D 5.52 in.
Balenciaga: Ville Bag Printed Leather XXS
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light creasing and scuffs on exterior, handles and strap, minor wear and scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, With Strap Measurements: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Balenciaga Everyday Camera Bag Leather Small
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light creasing and wear on exterior and strap, minor scuffs and indentations in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Height 6.5", Wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Balenciaga Logo Ville Bag Leather XXS
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Slight creasing on strap, cracking on handle wax edges. Minor wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: With Strap Measurements: Handle Drop 2", Hei...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Balenciaga Logo Ville Bag Leather XXS
  • Balenciaga Logo Ville Bag Leather XXS
  • Balenciaga Logo Ville Bag Leather XXS
  • Balenciaga Logo Ville Bag Leather XXS
H 5.5 in. W 7 in. D 3 in.
Balenciaga Castagna Leather GGH Brief Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Carry this Brief bag with you everywhere you go. Crafted from quality leather, this Balenciaga bag is adorned with gold-tone studs and buckle motifs. It has comfortable handles and a...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Balenciaga Castagna Leather GGH Brief Bag
  • Balenciaga Castagna Leather GGH Brief Bag
  • Balenciaga Castagna Leather GGH Brief Bag
  • Balenciaga Castagna Leather GGH Brief Bag
H 13 in. W 3.35 in. L 17.52 in.
Balenciaga Anthracite Leather GGH Brief Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Carry this Brief tote with you everywhere you go. Crafted from quality leather, this Balenciaga bag is adorned with gold-tone studs and buckle motifs. It has comfortable handles and ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

  • Balenciaga Anthracite Leather GGH Brief Bag
  • Balenciaga Anthracite Leather GGH Brief Bag
  • Balenciaga Anthracite Leather GGH Brief Bag
  • Balenciaga Anthracite Leather GGH Brief Bag
H 13 in. W 3.35 in. L 17.52 in.
Balenciaga Logo Ville Bag Leather Medium
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on base corners and in interior, creasing on exterior, loss of shape on handles. Small glue stains on rear logo, broken stitch on front interior open...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Balenciaga Logo Ville Bag Leather Medium
  • Balenciaga Logo Ville Bag Leather Medium
  • Balenciaga Logo Ville Bag Leather Medium
  • Balenciaga Logo Ville Bag Leather Medium
H 11 in. W 14 in. D 6.5 in.
Balenciaga Everyday Camera Bag Leather XS
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior, splitting and cracking on strap base and zipper pull wax edges, Ligh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Balenciaga Velo Giant Studs Bag Leather
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy wear and discoloration on exterior and strap edges. Creasing on exterior, wear on handles, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Mirror, With Strap Measurements:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Balenciaga Velo Giant Studs Bag Leather
  • Balenciaga Velo Giant Studs Bag Leather
  • Balenciaga Velo Giant Studs Bag Leather
  • Balenciaga Velo Giant Studs Bag Leather
H 12 in. W 13.5 in. D 6.5 in.
Balenciaga Triangle Duffle Bag Leather Small
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing, minor wear and scuffs on exterior and in interior, scratches and slight tarnish on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, With Strap Measu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Duffel Bags and Carry-On Bags

Balenciaga Bazar Shopper Medium Size Black Leather Ladies Tote Bag 443097
Located in New York, NY
Balenciaga’s black Bazar shopper M bag comes in a subtly distressed finish for the new season. It’s crafted in Italy from mid-shine naturally creased lamb leather, to a rectangular s...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Balenciaga Bag in Purple Aged Leather
Located in Paris, FR
Balenciaga bag in purple aged leather. The interior is in black canvas with a large zipped pocket. Worn by hand with two handles. Good condition. Slight traces of wear of the cor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Balenciaga Bag in Purple Aged Leather
  • Balenciaga Bag in Purple Aged Leather
  • Balenciaga Bag in Purple Aged Leather
  • Balenciaga Bag in Purple Aged Leather
H 11.82 in. D 6.11 in. L 15.75 in.
Balenciaga Black Leather & Light Blue Python All Afternoon Tote Bag
Located in London, GB
Balenciaga Black Leather & Light Blue Python All Afternoon Tote Bag - Structured boxy tote with zip opening top and padlock front flap pocket - Buffed black leather sides, back and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Balenciaga Indigo Leather Mini Classic City Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Balenciaga is known for its finely made products and the City bags are one of them. Effortless and stylish, this mini leather bag will be your go-to for multiple occasions. It has th...
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2010s Tote Bags

Balenciaga City Classic Studs Bag Nylon Medium
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Wear on handles, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Accessories: Mirror, Dust Bag, With Strap Measurements: Handle Drop 4.5", Height 9.5", Width 15", Depth 4"...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Balenciaga Everyday Camera Bag Printed Leather Small
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing and minor wear on exterior and strap, wear and scuffs in interior, cracking on strap base wax edges, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Balenciaga Anthracite Leather Giant Covered Folder Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Balenciaga bag is perfect for everyday use. Crafted from leather in a gorgeous shade of grey, the bag has a feminine silhouette with two top handles, a front zip pocket, and a z...
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2010s Tote Bags

Balenciaga Logo Ville Day Bag Leather Small
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor interior. Minor wear on exterior, cracking on flap corner and interior wax edges, small glue stains on side opening edges. Creasing and scuffs underneath f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Balenciaga City Classic Studs Bag Nylon Medium
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate wear on leather trims, handles and strap, discoloration and marks in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Mirror, Dust Bag, With Strap Measure...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Balenciaga Logo Ville Bag Printed Leather Small
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Very good. Scuffs on exterior, creasing on exterior and strap. Minor wear on handles, strap and in in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Balenciaga Lock Round Shoulder Bag Jacquard Small
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Very good. Creasing and minor wear on exterior, moderate wear on flap. Wear, scuffs, small marks and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Balenciaga City Classic Studs Bag Leather Medium
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Moderate wear and discoloration on exterior corners, handles and zipper trim, creasing on exterior, cracking on opening wax edges. Heavy splitting on handle wax edge...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Balenciaga City Classic Studs Bag Leather Small
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Moderate creasing on exterior, heavy discoloration and wear on exterior corners, handle ropes and in interior. Wear on handles and strap, scratches...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Balenciaga Lock Round Shoulder Bag Jacquard Small
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light wear on scarf, creasing, minor scuffs and indentations underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Scarf Measurements: Heig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Balenciaga Sneakerhead Small Mesh & Leather Hourglass Bag
Located in London, GB
Balenciaga Sneakerhead Small Mesh & Leather Hourglass Bag - 'Hourglass' tote shape - Overlaid with details from the label's 'Track' sneakers - White mesh base - Black leather overla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Balenciaga Logo Ville Day Bag Leather Small
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Slight creasing on exterior and underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Height 6.5", Width 9", Depth 2", Strap Drop 19-21" D...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Balenciaga Logo Ville Day Bag Leather Small
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Cracking on flap opening corner wax edges, small glue stains along corners, bubbling, minor scuffs and wear underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardwa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Balenciaga Mini Unisex Shoulder Bag with Red Print
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Unisex mini shoulder bag by Balenciaga made of black leather with red print. Zip closure, entirely not very large. On the back part equipped with compartments. It features an adjusta...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Balenciaga Green Leather City Bag with Brass Hardware
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
City model Balenciaga bag made of green leather with brass hardware. Zip closure, very large inside. Equipped with double hand and removable shoulder strap. The bag shows some signs ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Balenciaga Arena Day Messenger Classic Studs Bag Leather
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Light wear on base cornes, bubbling on strap, splitting and fraying on opening corner and strap base trim wax edges. Wear in interior, scratches and slight tarn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Balenciaga Dark Brown Suede RH Folk Messenger Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Balenciaga RH Folk Messenger bag is perfect for everyday use. Crafted from suede, the bag comes with a single strap and black-tone hardware. The front opens to a fabric-lined in...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Balenciaga Dark Brown Suede RH Folk Messenger Bag
  • Balenciaga Dark Brown Suede RH Folk Messenger Bag
  • Balenciaga Dark Brown Suede RH Folk Messenger Bag
  • Balenciaga Dark Brown Suede RH Folk Messenger Bag
H 10.24 in. W 4.34 in. L 12.21 in.
Balenciaga Blue/Yellow Leather Work S Top Handle Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Balenciaga bag definitely is a stunner in terms of its appeal and craftsmanship. Created from leather, the bag has a black shade with yellow handles and the label on the front. ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Balenciaga Giant Studs Reporter Crossbody Bag Leather Small
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Additional holes on strap. Odor in interior. Creasing on exterior and strap, wear on base and opening corners. Cracking and splitting on strap wax edges, small stain...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Balenciaga City Classic Metallic Edge Bag Leather Medium
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior, minor wear on handles and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Mirror, Dust Bag, With Strap Measurements: Handle Drop 4.5", Height...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Balenciaga Puppy and Kitten Ville Bag Leather XXS
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Wear on base corners, handles and in interior, scuffs on exterior. Heavy crac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Balenciaga City Classic Metallic Edge Bag Leather Small
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior, minor cracking on handle and opening wax edges, scratches on hardware. A...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Balenciaga Sharp Top Handle Bag Embossed Leather Medium
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Great. Minor marks on exterior, creasing and scuffs underneath flap and in interior, scratches on har...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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Balenciaga Black Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary balenciaga black bag you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Brown, Beige, Blue and more in stock now. Finding the perfect balenciaga black bag may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions were made as early as the 18th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. Finding a balenciaga black bag for sale for women should be easy, but there are 277 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Balenciaga Black Bag?

Prices for a balenciaga black bag can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $230 and can go as high as $16,500, while, on average they fetch $920.

Balenciaga Biography and Important Works

Though he was born in the quiet fishing village of Getaria in Spain’s Basque region, Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972) was destined to reshape modern fashion. As a child, he worked alongside his seamstress mother. Showing immense talent, he earned commissions as a teenager from local patron Marquesa de Casa Torres, who paid for his tailoring education in Madrid. In 1917, he established his first haute couture house — named Eisa, for his mother — in the trendy resort town San Sebastián. He soon followed it with boutiques in Madrid and Barcelona, drawing such clientele as the Spanish royal family.

When the Spanish Civil War put a hold on his prospects in Spain, the designer moved to Paris, opening a house on Avenue Georges V in 1937. There, Balenciaga rubbed elbows with fashion greats like Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli and quickly won over clients like Gloria Guinness, Pauline de Rothschild and Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. As a couturier, Balenciaga drew from his Spanish heritage for ideas, riffing on everything from matador costumes and flamenco dresses to the paintings of Diego Velázquez, whose portraits of Spanish princesses famously inspired Balenciaga’s Infanta gown.

An expert tailor, he experimented with sculptural silhouettes that didn’t follow the body. Some of his notable designs include the 1953 balloon jacket, and from 1957, the cocoon coat, the baby-doll dress and the sack dress, which he popularized with his good friend designer Hubert de Givenchy. All of these could be considered not just the masterpieces of haute couture, but also objets d’art in their own right, leading to Balenciaga’s nickname, “The Master.”

Balenciaga continued designing until 1968, when he retired after three decades of influential work and his fashion house went dormant. The rights to Balenciaga were acquired by Jacques Bogart S.A. in 1986. Under designer Michel Goma, who focused on ready-to-wear, the brand experienced a resurgence, with his first collection introduced in 1987. The brand returned to high fashion with the arrival of designer Josephus Thimister in 1992. It has since been led by a series of creative directors who have paid homage to Balenciaga’s iconic designs, including Nicolas Ghesquière, Alexander Wang and, most recently, Demna Gvasalia. In 2011, a museum celebrating Balenciaga’s legacy opened in his hometown in Spain, commemorating where it all began.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Balenciaga bags, day dresses, shirts and other clothing and accessories.

Finding the Right Handbags and Purses for You

An integral part of fashion, handbags and purses have been indispensable accessories ever since we began to carry around personal items. Level of craftsmanship, style and shape matters — from coin purses in ancient Greece to early 20th-century opera bags and onward, handbags have evolved considerably over the years to meet our needs and desires, whether or not you happen to be prioritizing functionality over a flashy exterior.

Once, a single “It” handbag ruled each fashion season. No more. Today, handbag lovers are savvier and have a wider range of shopping options. Nevertheless, classic bags still rule.

“It is not a fashion bag — it is a statement bag,” says Mightychic's Debra Kent of Hermès's widely beloved accessories. “When you carry an iconic Hermès bag — Birkin, Kelly, Constance — no one knows how long you have been into this culture or if you are a newbie. Your status is validated immediately.”

First released in 1997, Fendi's Baguette rose to fame along with Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City character portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Recently, the design has seen such a resurgence in popularity that Fendi has reissued it.

They are part of design history, so owning a handbag has meaning. As New York–based fashion historian Sarah C. Byrd says, “You have made the choice to invest in this piece because you understand the value of it in the past and in the future to come.”

From a 1980s Chanel black leather quilted mini buckle bag to the rare Hermès Birkin 30cm Himalayan with diamond hardware to a range of 19th century bags, find a rich variety of vintage and designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.