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Starting as a modest boutique, Balenciaga evolved to transform the landscape of women’s fashion with shapes and contours during the middle of the 20th century that were nothing less than groundbreaking. Today, the brand is as venturesome as ever and is well known for its shoes, handbags, sneakers, streetwear and other clothing and accessories.

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.

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    No, not all Balenciaga bags come with a mirror, but the majority do. The mirror is typically attached to the handle and stored inside the external pocket. The mirror should already be attached and not separately wrapped. Shop a collection of authentic Balenciaga purses from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
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    To keep your Balenciaga bag in pristine condition, store it in its flannel bag or wrap it in another soft fabric. Don’t cover it with plastic, which can trap moisture. Keep the bag stored in a dry place out of direct sunlight. Wipe the bag with a dry cloth before you store it. On 1stDibs, Find vintage and modern Balenciaga bags from trusted sellers worldwide.
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    Since Balenciaga bags are one of the most-copied, they’re difficult to authenticate, so it’s best to take the bag to an appraiser. A tell-tale sign a bag is fake is mismatched style numbers on the front and back tags — these should match if the bag is real. Additionally, an authentic bag will feature the Lampo logo with sleek, not thick, lines. On 1stDibs, shop expertly authenticated Balenciaga handbags from top sellers around the world.
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    If you want to wash your Balenciaga clothing properly, looking at the care label and following it directly is your best bet. If they can go in the wash, it’s best to use a delicate detergent and a delicate cycle. Drying flat is the best way to get your luxury clothing dry in most situations. Find vintage and contemporary Balenciaga clothing and accessories from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
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    The Balenciaga Giant 12 is a version of the brand’s popular City Bag. It’s a large handbag that’s reminiscent of the original version of the Motorcycle bags from the 1990s. Not only is it a big bag, but it features large, noteworthy hardware that makes it a standout. Shop a collection of authentic Balenciaga purses from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
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    The weight of a Balenciaga Triple S sneaker depends on the size of the shoe. On average, sneakers typically weigh in the one to two-pound range. Balenciaga Triple S sneakers are on the heavier side, but each shoe still comes in at around two pounds. Of course, the larger the shoe is, the more materials are needed so the shoe will be heavier, and vice versa. You’ll find a variety of Balenciaga shoes from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    Balenciaga is a well-known luxury fashion house from Spain. The name Balenciaga comes directly from the founder Cristóbal Balenciaga. While the designer no longer owns the brand and has passed away, his legacy lives on in fresh designs inspired by his creativity and vision. On 1stDibs, find vintage and contemporary Balenciaga haute couture from top sellers around the world.
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    The Balenciaga sock shoe is officially called the Speed Trainer, which originally debuted in November of 2016, part of the Fall/Winter collection. These shoes are reported to be extremely comfortable with a durable sole and a snug sock-like upper that cradles the foot. When first released, pop culture celebrities quickly praised the shoe, adding to its mass appeal and prompting stores to sell out within days, if not hours. You’ll find a large collection of Balenciaga shoes and other products from many of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    Balenciaga agneau refers to the type of leather this brand uses. Typically it uses Balenciaga cheve, which is goatskin, or it uses agneau, which is lambskin. The cheve line was discontinued in 2008 because the softer agneau was introduced in 2007, and the agneau continues to be what is used for the majority of Balenciaga’s bags. In 2013, the cheve leather was brought back for select bags and may still crop up once in a while, but it isn’t common. Find vintage and contemporary Balenciaga bags, clothing and accessories from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
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    Some are. The clothing company creates clothes and shoes that are suitable for both men and women, but they also make men’s and women’s clothing. On 1stDibs, you'll find a wide variety of Balenciaga pieces from top sellers across the world.
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    It depends. Many of Balenciaga’s athletic shoe designs are meant to wear for fashion, not for working out. But the brand’s 2018 Track Trainer was made with walking, hiking, and running in mind and features extra cushioning for top comfort. Browse a collection of Balenciaga sneakers and trainers on 1stDibs from trusted sellers worldwide.
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    No, the boutique staff at Balenciaga stores and their retail partner stores are not trained to authenticate a Balenciaga bag. Always purchase Balenciaga bags from reputable sellers to ensure authenticity. Shop a large collection of Balenciaga bags from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    Fitting a MacBook into a Balenciaga City Bag all depends on the size of the MacBook and the size of the bag. Users have reported that the large or original sized City Bag with a width of 15” will fit a 13” MacBook. The other City Bags are too small and any larger MacBook would be too big. Shop a collection of authentic Balenciaga purses, including the City Bag from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
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    Some are. In general, Balenciaga’s most expensive, top-shelf bags are made in Italy, while its less-expensive offerings are typically made in China. You can find the origin of a Balenciaga bag on the brand’s website. On 1stDibs, you can find a collection of Balenciaga pieces from top sellers worldwide.

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