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Balenciaga

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, 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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Balenciaga Black Calfskin Leather XS Navy Cabas Tote Bag
Located in Irvine, CA
The Navy Cabas XS features a black Calfskin leather body, dual flat leather handles, a detachable shoulder strap, an open top with press-stud at the edges and an interior zip pocket....
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga

Balenciaga Black Leather Classic City Wallet with leather, gold-tone hardware
Located in Irvine, CA
Balenciaga Black Leather Classic City Wallet with leather, gold-tone hardware trim leather, exterior zip pocket and zipper closure. 44928MSC
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga

BALENCIAGA Gris Perle Goatskin Leather Classic City
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
BALENCIAGA Gris Perle Goatskin Leather Classic City Xupes Reference: CB757 Serial Number: 115748-1960-535269 Age (Circa): 2020 Accompanied By: Balenciaga Dust Bag, Shoulder Strap Au...
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2010s Italian Balenciaga

  • BALENCIAGA Gris Perle Goatskin Leather Classic City
  • BALENCIAGA Gris Perle Goatskin Leather Classic City
  • BALENCIAGA Gris Perle Goatskin Leather Classic City
  • BALENCIAGA Gris Perle Goatskin Leather Classic City
H 10.24 in. W 14.97 in. D 5.52 in.
new BALENCIAGA Runway Demna Pantashoe black floral heel boots pants IT38 EU37
Located in Hong Kong, NT
new BALENCIAGA Runway Demna Pantashoe black floral heel boots pants IT38 EU37 Reference: TGAS/C00513 Brand: Balenciaga Designer: Demna Collection: Pantashoe Runway Material: Spandex ...
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2010s Balenciaga

new BALENCIAGA Demna 2019 Runway green fluffy plush fur oversized coat FR36 S
Located in Hong Kong, NT
new BALENCIAGA Demna 2019 Runway green fluffy plush fur oversized coat FR36 S Reference: TGAS/C00461 Brand: Balenciaga Designer: Demna Collection: Pre-Fall 2019 Runway Material: Poly...
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2010s Italian Balenciaga

new BALENCIAGA DEMNA Arena Pyrite Grey grained leather low sneakers EU45 US12
Located in Hong Kong, NT
new BALENCIAGA DEMNA Arena Pyrite Grey grained leather low sneakers EU45 US12 Reference: TGAS/C00436 Brand: Balenciaga Designer: Demna Model: 565558 WA2NO 1230 Material: Leather Colo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga

new BALENCIAGA Demna 2019 Runway blue acetate wrap tie draped maxi skirt FR34 XS
Located in Hong Kong, NT
new BALENCIAGA Demna 2019 Runway blue acetate wrap tie draped maxi skirt FR34 XS Reference: TGAS/C00408 Brand: Balenciaga Designer: Demna Collection: Fall Winter 2019 Runway As seen ...
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2010s Italian Balenciaga

new BALENCIAGA DEMNA Arena black noir grained leather low top sneakers EU41 US8
Located in Hong Kong, NT
new BALENCIAGA DEMNA Arena black noir grained leather low top sneakers EU41 US8 Reference: TGAS/C00452 Brand: Balenciaga Designer: Demna Model: 565558 WA2NO 1000 Material: Leather Co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga

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1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Balenciaga fashion. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of blue, red, pink and other tones. Customers interested in this designer might also find the work of Fendi, Valentino and Prada appealing. 1stDibs features haute couture, vintage and designer Balenciaga fashion from top boutiques around the world. The price for these items starts at $93 on 1stDibs and tops out at $26,000, while the average piece can sell for $795.
Questions About Balenciaga
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To tell if Balenciaga shoes are real, check the stitching throughout to make sure it’s flawless and symmetrical. Fake Balenciaga items are usually done with less care and it can show in the stitching. The sneakers often have more logos, which will be symmetrical and evenly spaced on originals, which isn’t always the case with knockoffs. Always purchase Balenciaga shoes from a reputable seller to ensure authenticity. Shop a large collection of Balenciaga shoes from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes. Balenciaga offers a 30-day return or exchange policy, effective the date of purchase or delivery. You can return any item within that window with complimentary shipping. Shop a collection of Balenciaga from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, all new Balenciaga bags come with an authenticity card. Always purchase Balenciaga bags from a reputable seller to ensure authenticity. If you’re getting a used bag without the card, make sure to check inside to find the serial number. Shop a large collection of Balenciaga bags from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Some people have complained about the small fit of Balenciaga shirts in the past, but that issue is not as prevalent today. The fit of a Balenciaga shirt also depends on the type of shirt and whether it’s a man’s or a woman’s top. To determine how the brand’s clothing will fit you, it is best to try it on. Find vintage and contemporary Balenciaga bags, clothing and accessories from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, the Balenciaga sneakers with tongues do have a tag on them. It’s important to note that the Speed Trainers don’t have a tongue and there may be dress shoes with a tongue that do not have a tag on them. It all depends on the type of Balenciaga shoes you’re looking at. You’ll find a large collection of Balenciaga shoes and other products from many of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Balenciaga Triple S sneakers come with an extra set of laces. You can also purchase additional sets of laces from trusted third-party websites if needed. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of vintage and modern Balenciaga pieces from top sellers worldwide.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Some are. Balenciaga’s Track Trainers are made with mesh and nylon, and its knit sock Speed Trainers are also vegan. A newer design, the Zen Sneaker, is made with vegan polyurethane “leather.” On 1stDibs, find vintage and modern Balenciaga shoes from top sellers around the world.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, the Balenciaga Speed Trainers are not designed to be a running shoe. While the name implies that they might be all about performance, these shoes are actually about style and fashion. That doesn’t mean you can’t run in your Speed Trainers, but if you’re serious about exercise, you’ll want to find a shoe that’s designed to be used specifically for running. Find Balenciaga shoes from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Some are. While most Balenciaga products, including the brand’s Speed collection and its boots, are made in Italy, the brand’s Triple S and Track sneakers are made in China. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Balenciaga shoes from top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The material content of Balenciaga shoes depends on the shoe. The brand is noted for using only the finest materials including Italian leather, 3D printed rubber, 3D knit and rubber with “no memory” technology. While the brand uses luxurious and innovative materials, they also include practical components such as polyester and elastane. You’ll find a variety of Balenciaga shoes from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Balenciaga metal tags for items after 2003 use an alphanumeric code. The first line of numbers will be followed by a letter that will tell you the season and year of the bag. The brand started at Z with its Spring/Summer collection in 2005, the next season was its Fall/Winter collection, and that letter was Y and so on. For some reason, it skipped the letter X, but the rest fall predictably in place. Shop a collection of authentic Balenciaga purses from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    There are a couple ways to shorten Balenciaga bag straps, however, many Balenciaga bag straps are not adjustable. One way is to have a cobbler or leatherworker cut the strap for you. This will decrease the value of your bag though. Other people have found ways to work the strap through hardware or by doubling up the strap to keep the bag intact while shortening the length. Shop a collection of Balenciaga bags from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To authenticate Balenciaga sneakers, check the stitching first. It should be easily visible on the shoe. Then, check the toe box area for the European size number — on real sneakers, the number will be half-buried beneath the seam. Examine the laces. If they appear creased or uneven, the shoes may not be legit. Find vintage and new authenticated Balenciaga footwear on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Balenciaga stores will not clean your bags for you. To clean your Balenciaga bag, you can attempt to gently do it yourself or you can find someone who specializes in cleaning leather to see if they can refresh your handbag. Shop a collection of authentic Balenciaga purses from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Alexander Wang does not own Balenciaga. Alexander Wang was hired to be the creative director of the brand in 2012 but he left that position after just three years. He does own his own eponymously named brand of men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. On 1stDibs, find vintage and contemporary Balenciaga haute couture from top sellers around the world.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Balenciaga is owned by Kering, an international luxury group that acquired the fashion brand in 2001. Kering also owns Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, and Bottega Veneta. On 1stDibs, find vintage and contemporary Balenciaga pieces from top sellers around the world.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Balenciaga is a high-fashion brand that was founded in Spain by Cristóbal Balenciaga. He is known for creating avant garde pieces that often forecasted future trends. Find a collection of expertly vetted Balenciaga designs from some of the world’s top reputable boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Balenciaga doesn’t have a true signature color. The designer, Cristobal Balenciaga had a strong preference for black, and the hue was often repeated in his designs over and over. The logo today is simple and straightforward black lettering. Find vintage and contemporary Balenciaga bags, clothing and accessories from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, the hat sizes for Balenciaga are not different for men and women. Many of their hats come in just one size, which they list as large. Other hats give you an option of small or large, but these don’t have any gender differences. Find Balenciaga hats and other accessories from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Balenciaga is not French. The luxury designer brand Balenciaga was founded in 1919 by Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga in San Sebastián, Spain. That being said, the brand moved to Paris in 1937 and is now owned by the luxury group Kering. Shop a collection of Balenciaga from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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