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From the voluminous skirts of the post-World War II “New Look” favored by Hollywood icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich to the sleek, skinny jeans seen on Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi and every Kardashian, clothes from the House of Balmain have long been mainstays in celebrity wardrobes.

The son of a dressmaker and a drapery salesman, Pierre Balmain was born in 1914 in southeastern France and formed an interest in fashion at an early age. His mother wanted her son to be an architect — but the principles of design and structure Balmain learned in his brief studies at the École des Beaux Arts served him well throughout his career. 

Balmain founded his now-iconic label in 1945. Alongside fellow couture titans Christian Dior and Hubert de Givenchy, Balmain’s postwar take on luxe dressing featured bell-shaped skirts falling from slender waists, structured jackets over sheath day dresses and embellishments like fur trim; he called the look “Jolie Madame.” The Duchess of Windsor was an early fan, prompting an aristocratic following. 

Balmain was among the first to offer French looks to the American market. Since Pierre Balmain’s death in 1982, the design reins have been handed to luminaries such as Oscar de la Renta and Olivier Rousteing, an alum of Roberto Cavalli who was installed as creative director at the label in 2011.

Today’s Balmain has more in common with the master’s original haute couture than you might expect: sharply tailored blazers that nip in at the waist, delicate stilettos and ultra-feminine evening dresses are wardrobe basics for the 21st-century woman, too. Lovers of couture history will also prize the fluid, easy sketches from the master’s own hand they’ll find on offer here, while fashionistas clamor for the brand’s t-shirts, military-style jackets and skinny jeans. 

Whether you’re a colonel in Rousteing’s “glamour army” or you fancy yourself a “Jolie Madame,” a Balmain piece — from the 1960s or even last season — will add a bold, sexy note to your look. Daytime or night, Balmain feels right now.

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Designer: Balmain
BALMAIN Mirrors Beige Clutch
By Balmain
Located in Paris, FR
Superb clutch from Balmain in beige leather with mirrors Condition: very good Made in France Collection: evening clutches Materials: lamb leather, mirrors Interior: lining in natura...
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Late 20th Century French Balmain Handbags and Purses

BALMAIN Mirrors Black Clutch
By Balmain
Located in Paris, FR
Superb black clutch from Balmain in black aged leather with mirrors Condition: very good Made in France Collection: evening clutches Materials: aged lamb leather Interior: lining in...
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Late 20th Century French Balmain Handbags and Purses

1970s Balmain Paris White Cream and Gold Leather Shoulder Bag
By Balmain
Located in London, GB
Balmain Paris Handbag White cream Leather, brass metal ware, strong magnetic clasp closure, inside zipped pocket, suede interior This timeless and sophisticated design is crafted fro...
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1970s French Balmain Handbags and Purses

Balmain black leather shopper bag
By Balmain
Located in Capri, IT
Balmain black leather shopper bag white leather logo suede lining 50*26*13 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary Balmain Handbags and Purses

BALMAIN genuine fur black fringe gold metal frame half half moon crossbody bag
By Balmain
Located in Hong Kong, NT
BALMAIN genuine fur black fringe logo gold metal frame half half moon crossbody bag Reference: TGAS/C01931 Brand: Balmain Designer: Olivier Rousteing Material: Fur, Leather Color: Bl...
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Balmain Barbie Translucent Pink Disco Round Crossbody Bag 1BM318
By Balmain
Located in Dix hills, NY
Balmain Barbie Translucent Pink Disco Round Crossbody Bag 1BM318 Made In: Italy Measurements: Length: 7.75" Width: 2" Height: 7.75" Shoulder Handle...
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Balmain x Barbie Pink x Yellow Leather Mini Chain Crossbody Flap Bag S128BM38
By Balmain
Located in Dix hills, NY
Balmain x Barbie Pink x Yellow Leather Mini Chain Crossbody Flap Bag S128BM38 Date Code/Serial Number: 18 11 21 Made In: Italy Measurements: Length: 4" W...
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Balmain Evening Clutch in Lame Gold Fabric and Embroideries
By Balmain
Located in Paris, FR
Stunning Balmain evening clutch. It is entirely handmade in Paris. Work of haute couture. Fabric in lamé gold, embroidered of multi red, gold and black ribbons and squares of mirror ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Balmain Handbags and Purses

Balmain 'Patricia' Clutch in Aged Off-White Embroidered Leather
By Balmain
Located in Paris, FR
Superb Balmain 'Patricia' clutch in aged off-white leather fully embroidered with gold, gold metal parts, mirrors and pearls. Small inside pocket. It can be worn both during the day...
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BALMAIN 'Patricia' Leather-Wrapped and Embroidered Clutch
By Balmain
Located in Paris, FR
Superb Balmain leather-wrapped clutch, fully embroidered with gold, gold plated metal pieces, mirrors and pearls. Small inner pocket. Can be worn both day and evening. INCLUDED : A...
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2010s Balmain Handbags and Purses

BALMAIN Evening Clutch in Golden Quadri-Fabrics
By Balmain
Located in Paris, FR
This magnificent BALMAIN golden clutch is in crystal mesh, leather, crocodile and sequins. Worn by hand. The jewelry is made of silver plated metal. Id...
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2010s French Balmain Handbags and Purses

BALMAIN Evening Clutch in black Leather Patchwork
By Balmain
Located in Paris, FR
Balmain evening clutch. Patchwork in leather, suede and black rhinestone and silver chain. Magnetic closure. The inside is in black satin with a zipped pocket. Collection Winter 20...
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2010s Italian Balmain Handbags and Purses

BALMAIN BBox black calfskin leather gold turnlock tassel crossbody clutch bag
By Balmain
Located in Hong Kong, NT
BALMAIN BBox black calfskin leather gold turnlock tassel crossbody clutch bag Reference: TGAS/D00838 Brand: Balmain Designer: Olivier Rousteing Model: BBox Collection: Runway Materia...
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Balmain handbags and purses for sale on 1stDibs.

Find an extraordinary range of authentic Balmain handbags and purses available on 1stDibs. 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 orange and other tones. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Tyler Ellis, Roberta Balsamo, and Rodo appealing. On 1stDibs, find haute couture, vintage and designer Balmain handbags and purses from top boutiques around the world. Balmain handbags and purses prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $230 and tops out at $3,599, while the average work can sell for $2,184.
Questions About Balmain Handbags and Purses
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The fit of a Balmain shirt is dependent on its silhouette and fabric. Refer to the measurements and product description on the brand’s website for recommendations on sizing. If you do a fair amount of online apparel shopping, experts suggest that you gather accurate body measurements using a tape measure. Shop a range of Balmain shirts from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
    1stDibs ExpertFebruary 29, 2024
    Balmain shirts fit well according to online testimonials. The shirts offered by the French luxury brand generally feature a modern semi-fitted cut. Dress shirts may be a slim fit but they aren’t constricting or skinny. If you prefer a looser fit, you may wish to purchase a Balmain shirt one size larger than what you normally buy. Size charts are available on Balmain's official website. On 1stDibs, find a selection of vintage Balmain shirts.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, while the majority of Balmain’s ready-to-wear collection is manufactured in Europe, most of Balmain’s footwear is made in China with some of the leather styles produced in Italy. Shop a collection of Balmain sneakers from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Sometimes. Balmain offers many styles of polarized sunglasses as well as non-polarized sunglasses to suit your needs and personal preferences. Polarization is typically identified in the name or features of the particular style of sunglasses. On 1stDibs, find a range of authentic Balmain sunglasses from top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, styling your Balmain jacket depends on your personal preference. If you are opting for a more casual look, or you simply want to show off your layers underneath, wearing a Balmain jacket open can be a fun option. Browse a range of Balmain jackets on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Some Balmain dresses tend to run small and you may need to order up a size to find the right fit. Check the Balmain size chart on their website before ordering to ensure your dress will fit properly. Browse a range of Balmain dresses from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Balmain features an official website you can shop from. They have also partnered with retailers around the world that offer their jeans. You can browse 1stDibs to find a range of authentically vetted Balmain jeans from some of the top boutiques worldwide.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Olivier Rousteing designs Balmain jeans. He became the creative director of the brand in 2011. Rousteing worked for Roberto Cavalli for six years before coming to Balmain in 2009. You can shop for a variety of Balmain apparel on 1stDibs.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The creative director of Balmain is Oliver Rousteing. Balmain denim continues to be one of the most highly coveted garments from the brand due to their high-end tailoring and unique silhouettes. Browse a wide range of authentic Balmain jeans from some of the world’s top retailers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Balmain is owned by the investment firm Mayhoola for Investments, which is based in Qatar. It is currently headed by creative director Olivier Rousteing, a Black designer. Shop for expertly authenticated Balmain products from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Sizing of Balmain biker jeans can vary based on the style, so it is best to check the sizing chart on the brand’s website for specific measurements as you shop for a particular style of biker jeans. Browse a selection of properly vetted Balmain biker jeans from top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Sometimes. Many styles of Balmain jeans offer comfortable stretch in their material. This is usually identified in the name of the particular style of Balmain jeans. Shop a variety of expertly authenticated Balmain jeans from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Balmain does not offer clothing repair services. Balmain does offer a return service for new items that arrive damaged or defective, as long as they are notified within 20 days of you receiving the item, and as long as it is returned unused with tags attached. Browse a wide selection of Balmain clothing from top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The key factor in identifying fake vs. real Balmain jeans is the level of quality. Fake Balmain jeans may feel lighter, have messy stitching and come in sub-standard packaging. Find a selection of Balmain jeans on 1stDibs that have been expertly vetted to ensure authenticity.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    How you wear a Balmain jacket is largely a matter of personal preference. Not just for the office, the brand's popular double-breasted blazer pairs well with everything from dresses to leather leggings to tailored shorts to classic denim. You'll find a range of Balmain jackets on 1stDibs.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    How you style a Balmain jacket is a matter of preference. This is a versatile garment, and Balmain offers many styles of jackets and blazers. For a casual look, pair a Balmain jacket or blazer with distressed denim jeans, a graphic tee and white sneakers. For an evening out on the town, your black Balmain blazer will dazzle with a simple black skirt. Whether looking for a stylish cropped fit or the perfect oversized layer, browse a wide range of authentic Balmain garments from some of the world’s top retailers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A dress designed by Balmain promises exceptional quality in materials and design. The designs are inspired by power and confidence, and are well known for flattering structured silhouettes. Stud detailing is commonly featured on Balmain dresses. Shop a variety of Balmain dresses on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Balmain makes most of its shoes at carefully vetted factories in China that are experienced in producing luxury footwear. In the past, Balmain manufactured its shoes in France and Italy. On 1stDibs, you can shop a collection of Balmain shoes.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    While Balmain footwear is designed in France, the majority of Balmain shoes are made in China. Some of the brand’s leather styles are crafted in Italy. Shop a collection of Balmain footwear from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Balmain is a French fashion house that opened in 1945. The full name of the company is Pierre Balmain, S.A., after founder Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain. Although the brand produces a full range of apparel and accessories, its leather jackets and blazers are especially well known. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Balmain.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The Balmain brand is a French luxury fashion house founded by Pierre Balmain in 1945. The current creative director is Oliver Rousteing, who was 25 years old at the time of his appointment. Prior to Balmain, Rousteing was the creative director for the women’s ready-to-wear collection at Roberto Cavalli. Find an assortment of Balmain apparel from the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Olivier Rousteing makes Balmain suits. As the creative director, he is responsible for designing all of the pieces produced at the brand's in-house factories. He took on the role in 2011. You can find a selection of Balmain apparel on 1stDibs.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The creative director of Balmain is Oliver Rousteing. Balmain is known for its impeccable tailored fits that add polish to any ensemble with military-inspired details, such as dramatic shoulders and gold-tone buttons. Browse a wide range of authentic Balmain suits from some of the world’s top retailers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 28, 2024
    To spot a fake Balmain T-shirt, you’ll want to pay attention to how the label’s logo appears on tags and, if applicable, on the front of the shirt. A fake Balmain T-shirt will present a dizzying array of different fonts and spacing errors (tags on fake shirts may even include spelling errors). These inconsistencies can appear on its wash instruction tag, the collar label or directly in the graphic on the front of the shirt. How the shirt was made matters, too. Each impeccable stitch on a genuine Balmain T-shirt will appear even, and there won’t be any detectable irregularities. If you notice flaws in the craftsmanship of your piece, you may have a fake Balmain T-shirt on your hands. Browse a selection of vintage Balmain shirts on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To tell if a Pierre Balmain vintage bag is authentic, first check the hardware. Balmain often stamped the brand name onto zipper pulls and fasteners. The lettering should appear crisp and evenly spaced. Balmain's tags changed greatly over time. Compare the ones in your bag to images of authenticated pieces available online. Shop a range of expertly vetted Pierre Balmain bags on 1stDibs.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    There are a few ways to tell if your vintage Pierre Balmain is real. Authentic Pierre Balmain bags are made with brand tags, authenticity labels and serial numbers. Always purchase Balmain jackets from a reputable seller to ensure authenticity. Shop a collection of authentic Pierre Balmain from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.

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