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Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

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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Gucci x Balenciaga GG Supreme Canvas The Hacker Project Hourglass Card Case
By Gucci
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Gucci x Balenciaga GG Supreme Canvas The Hacker Project Hourglass Card Case Wallet CONDITION NOTES The exterior is excellent condition with light signs of use. The interior is in ex...
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2010s Italian Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Grey Calfskin Crocodile Embossed Small Hourglass Top Handle 90ba629s
Located in Dix hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: 593546-1108-U-557637 Made In: Italy Measurements: Length: 9" Width: 3.75" Height: 5.2" Shoulder Handle Drop: 7.5"-22.5" Handle Drop: 3.5" OVERALL VERY G...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

NEW Balenciaga Black Large Diagonal Monogram BB Logo Canvas Tote Shoulder Bag
Located in San Marcos, CA
New Balenciaga Black Large Diagonal Monogram BB Logo Canvas Tote Shoulder Bag Authenticity Guaranteed DETAILS Brand: Balenciaga Gender: Unisex Category: Tote bag Condition: Brand n...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Black Leather Backpack with mirror, and zip top closure atop
Located in Irvine, CA
Balenciaga Black Leather Backpack with mirror, and zip top closure atop Inner black lining, one side zip pocket, and two cell phone slip pockets zip closure.   60530MSC 13" x 17.3"...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Hourglass Mini Handbag Black Embossed Crocodile
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Balenciaga Hourglass Mini Black Embossed Crocodile in excellent condition. Embossed Black calfskin exterior trimmed with matte black hardware. Front flap snap closure opens to a blac...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga x Gucci Coated Canvas and Leather The Hacker Project Boston Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The special collaboration between Balenciaga and Gucci created fashion waves and offered us a fine collection of designs that merge the best of both brands. This Boston bag, made usi...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere XL black suede alphabet tote
By Nicolas Ghesquière
Located in Antwerp, BE
Balenciaga XL Black Suede Alphabet Tote in good condition. Black suede leather exterior trimmed with leather, vinyl, and canvas. Double green leather handles. Silver foil leather-...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

BALENCIAGA Grey The Giant City Handbag 861246
Located in Dix hills, NY
GOOD CONDITION (7/10 or B) (Outside) Some rubbing and marks, mostly at back (Inside) Clean (zipper) Zipper works properly Width (inch) : 17.7 inch(approx) Width (cm) : 45 cm(a...
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20th Century Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

new BALENCIAGA Kitty Phone Holder red bow white leather micro crossbody bag
Located in Hong Kong, NT
new BALENCIAGA Kitty Phone Holder red bow white leather micro crossbody bag Reference: TGAS/B01565 Brand: Balenciaga Designer: Demna Gvasalia Model: Kitty phone holder Collection: Sa...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Navy Logo Wheel Belt Bag Fanny Pack
Located in Montreal, Quebec
The fanny pack features a navy polyester exterior, a red woven fabric adjustable belt, an embroidered logo on the front pocket and two compartments with zip closure. COLOR: Navy blu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Everyday Leather Tote Bag Red
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New, Never Worn. This item comes with all the accessories.
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Blue Croc Embossed Hourglass Bag
Located in Athens, GA
Balenciaga Blue Croc Embossed Hourglass Bag. Small size hourglass bag. Beautiful blue leather. Silver hardware. Unique bag by Balenciaga. Includes dust cover. New with tags. Guarante...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Baby Daim City Classic Studs Bag Suede Medium
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing and on exterior, balding and wear on handles and base corners. Minor discoloration on exterior edges and base, marks on base, scratches on hardware. Ac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga White Leather Tresse Fringe Clutch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Balenciaga White Leather Tresse Fringe Clutch in excellent condition. Woven white leather with 10" long fringe leather sides. Unique top flap twist lock design opens to an unlined in...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Pink City 2way Bag 55ba518s
Located in Dix hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: 115748-5669 572752 Made In: Italy Measurements: Length: 15" Width: 5" Height: 10" Shoulder Handle Drop: 8" Handle Drop: 4" OVERALL GOOD+ CONDITION ( 7....
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Bazar Convertible Tote Leather Small
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing and wear on exterior, cracking on handle and strap wax edges. Moderate marks in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: With Strap M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Navy Cabas Canvas and Leather XS
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Wear on base corners, small scuffs and indentations on base, minor wear on exterior and in interior. Slight peeling on handle wax edges, scratches on hardware. Acces...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Anthracite Leather GSH Sphere Hobo
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A popular bag among fashionistas, this Sphere bag by Balenciaga will never leave you unnoticed! It is crafted from leather in a round shape and is accented with oversized signature m...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Yellow Leather XXS Bazaar Tote
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Balenciaga's famous "Bazar" tote comes in an XXS version with this bag. Made from leather, the bag has a crinkled effect all over, a bright yellow hue and top handles. A zipper secur...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

new BALENCIAGA Explorer You Are The World embroidered black nylon waist bag
Located in Hong Kong, NT
new BALENCIAGA Explorer You Are The World embroidered black nylon waist bag Reference: TGAS/B01540 Brand: Balenciaga Designer: Demna Gvasalia Model: Explorer waist bag Material: Nylo...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Apple Green Leather Giant 21 Envelope Clutch
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Balenciaga Giant 21 clutch is perfect to carry for days when you need just your essentials. Punctuated with the label's signature studs, this envelope-style clutch features a zi...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Beige THE SUNDAY Tote 152936
Located in Dix hills, NY
Width (inch) : 15.7 inch(approx) Width (cm) : 40 cm(approx) Height (inch) : 11.4 inch(approx) Height (cm) : 29 cm(approx) Depth (inch) : 6.49 inch(approx) Depth (cm) : 16.5 cm(a...
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20th Century Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Arena Wheeled Suitcase Rolling Carry-on Luggage Trolley Leather Bag
Located in Miami, FL
Balenciaga 2013 Rare Limited Edition Periwinkle Blue Jacynthe Wheeled Carry-On Balenciaga Wheeled Carry-On, features soft lambskin and distinctive aged brass hardware. Black perfora...
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2010s Italian Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Tricolor Gray Leather Cherche Midi Clutch Bag Handbag
Located in Rome, Rome
Balenciaga Cherche Midi Clutch Bag. Crafted in Gray leather. Silver metal hardware. Pink stingray accent on the front. Gray fabric lining. 1 side zip pocket inside. Front flap with t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

BALENCIAGA Jaune Citronnade Goatskin Leather Papier Mini
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
BALENCIAGA Jaune Citronnade Goatskin Leather Papier Mini Xupes Reference: CB688 Serial Number: 370926.7325.E.535269 Age (Circa): 2010 Accompanied By: Balenciaga Shoulder Strap, Deta...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

BALENCIAGA off-white leather PADLOCK NUDE WORK XS MARBLE Tote Bag
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Balenciaga tote bag in off-white leather comes with top handles, detachable and adjustable shoulder strap. Features buckle details at the sides. Has a zipped and a slo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Limited Upcycled Denim Small Hourglass Top Handle Crossbody 124ba5
Located in Dix hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: 593546-4661-R-668998 Made In: Italy Measurements: Length: 9" Width: 4" Height: 5.5" Shoulder Handle Drop: 20.5"-22.5" Handle Drop: 3.5" OVERALL NEW CON...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Backpack size Unique
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Leather Black color Leather shoulder straps Closure at hem External zip pocket One internal zip pocket Cm 46 x 40 x 12 (1811 x 1574 x 472 inches)
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Grey Leather Giant Street Bowler Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Head to your next social event carrying this chic Giant Street bowler bag from Balenciaga. Designed in grey leather, this bag is finished with silver-tone hardware. It features the s...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga City Classic Studs Bag Pony Hair Medium
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy wear and discoloration on exterior and zipper trim edges, creasing on exterior and strap. Minor cracking on opening and handle wax edges, moderate wear and mar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Crossbody Bag
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Beautiful Balenciaga bag Leather Beige color Zip closure One inside pocket and one external pocket, both with zip closure Cm 33 x 42 x 13 (12.99 x 16,53 x 5,11inches) Worldwide expr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Black Graffiti City Bag 26ba69s
Located in Dix hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: 505550-1070-Z-002123 Made In: Italy Measurements: Length: 14.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 9.5" Handle Drop: 4" OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION ( 7.5/10 or B+ ) N...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga City Giant Studs Bag Leather Medium
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate creasing on exterior, heavy wear and discoloration on base and opening corners and handle rope. Splitting on handle wax edges, moderate darkening and wear o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Indigo Calfskin Denim Printed Small Hourglass Top Handle Bag
Located in New York, NY
Balenciaga Indigo Calfskin Leather Denim Printed Small Hourglass Top Handle Bag Made In: Italy Year of Production: 2022 Color: Indigo blue Hardware: Aged silvertone Materials: Denim...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Black Grained Calfskin Leather XS Hourglass Bag
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Balenciaga Hourglass bag is made with grained calfskin with antiqued silver-tone hardware. The bag features a rolled leather top handle at top, an adjustable and detachable shou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Everyday Backpack Leather Small
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Fair. Loose stitching on strap. Odor in interior. Creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior, handle and straps, indentations on rear, moderate wear on exterior edges. Cracking...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga City Classic Studs Bag Leather Medium
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing and scuffs on exterior, wear and discoloration on exterior edges and handles. Heavy splitting and cracking on handle, side opening and strap wax edges, wear...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

new BALENCIAGA Kitty Phone Holder red bow black leather micro crossbody bag
Located in Hong Kong, NT
new BALENCIAGA Kitty Phone Holder red bow black leather micro crossbody bag Reference: TGAS/B01533 Brand: Balenciaga Designer: Demna Gvasalia- Model: Kitty phone holder Collection: S...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

BALENCIAGA Rhinestone Embellished Suede Small Hourglass
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
BALENCIAGA Rhinestone Embellished Suede Small Hourglass Xupes Reference: HB4738 Serial Number: 593546-1272-R-562481 Age (Circa): 2022 Accompanied By: Balenciaga Dust Bag, Box, Care ...
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2010s Italian Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga White Leather Tresse Raffia Fringe Clutch
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Balenciaga clutch is a stylish creation that's sure to complement a variety of looks. Woven using white leather, the clutch has a fine construction and its appeal is elevated by...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Black Leather Shopper Tote 1BAJ930
Located in Dix hills, NY
Made In: China Measurements: Length: 13.5" Width: 6" Height: 10" Handle drop: 4.5" OVERALL GOOD CONDITION ( 7/10 or B) Signs of Wear: Exterior: stiff, dry cracking creases from sto...
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20th Century Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga City Giant Studs Bag Leather Medium
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Fair. Creasing on exterior, heavy oil slick discoloration and wear along opening and on handles, moderate wear on exterior corners and handle rope. Wear in interior, scrat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga City Graffiti Classic Studs Bag Leather Medium
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Heavy wear and discoloration on base and opening corners, creasing on exterior, wear and small marks on exterior and handles. Cracking and splittin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga City Giant Studs Bag Leather Medium
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Small glue stains, marks and darkening on exterior, creasing and splitting on handles, strap and zipper pull wax edges, cracking and glue stains on opening wax edge,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Neo Classic City Bag Crocodile Embossed Leather Nano
Located in NY, NY
This item can only be shipped within the United States. Condition: Great. Light wear and small glue stains on handles, minor bubbling in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

BALENCIAGA Red Aged Lambskin Small City Bag
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
BALENCIAGA Red Aged Lambskin Small City Bag Xupes Reference: CB737 Serial Number: 542022.6420.Z.528147.O Age (Circa): 2005 Accompanied By: Balenciaga Dust Bag, Care Booklet, Shoulde...
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Early 2000s Italian Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Everyday Lanyard Card Holder Black
Located in Irvine, CA
Balenciaga Everyday Lanyard Card Holder Black Condition Details: Indentations on rear, scratches on hardware. 49907MSC Height 2.5", Width 5", Depth 0.5", Strap Drop None
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20th Century Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

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 Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Logo Ville Bag Leather Medium
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor scuffs on exterior, moderate wear on base corners, cracking on handle wax edges. Wear and marks in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Keys, Loc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Town Giant Studs Bag Leather
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Loss of shape on exterior. Moderate wear on base corners and handle rope, creasing on strap, wear on handles, indentations on handle base. Wear and marks in interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Painted Blue Denim Hourglass Small Crossbody Handbag
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
- Pinted light blue and white denim Nappa calfskin with aged silver tone B logo hardware - Adjustable and removable shoulder strap, 21” - One handle, 4” - One pocket on the back - O...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Oatmeal Leather GH City Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Crafted from luxurious leather, this Balenciaga bag is an easy match with most outfits. Its distinctive feature is the bold studs & buckled and has rolled, top handles. The front zip...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Shoulder Bag Straw with Leather
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Fair. Missing stud on side. Creasing, wear and scuffs on leather trims and strap, indentations on strap wax edges. Wear and moderate stains in interior, scratches on hardw...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

BALENCIAGA Black Aged Lambskin Small City Bag
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
BALENCIAGA Black Aged Lambskin Small City Bag Xupes Reference: CB731 Serial Number: 431621.1000.B.1669 Age (Circa): 2017 Accompanied By: Balenciaga Dust Bag, Mirror Authenticity Det...
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2010s Italian Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

BALENCIAGA Castagna brown leather GIANT WORK Motorcycle Shoulder Bag
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Balenciaga 'Giant Work' motorcycle bag in Castagna (walnut brown) distressed calfskin featuring rose gold-tone studs and hardware. Opens with a zipper on top and is li...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga x Gucci Black Canvas and Leather The Hacker Project Boston Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The special collaboration between Balenciaga and Gucci created fashion waves and offered us a fine collection of designs that merge the best of both brands. This Boston bag, made usi...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga Black Leather And Lambskin Leather RH Classic City Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This RH Classic City bag from Balenciaga provides a classy, lavish design like none other. It is designed using black leather and lambskin leather with bronze-toned hardware. The bag...
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2010s Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

Balenciaga City Graffiti Classic Studs Bag Leather Mini
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate wear, marks, creasing and discoloration on exterior, wear and creasing on strap, small glue stains on opening. Minor wear and marks in interior, scratches o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balenciaga Handbags and Purses

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1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Balenciaga handbags and purses. 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 red, pink, purple and other tones. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Christian Dior, Saint Laurent and Valentino appealing. On 1stDibs find designer, vintage and haute couture Balenciaga handbags and purses from top boutiques around the world. The price for these items starts at $206 and tops out at $16,500, while the average work can sell for $970.
Questions About Balenciaga Handbags and Purses
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    It’s difficult to determine the most popular Balenciaga bag because trends are constantly changing, but the Balenciaga City bag is often at the top of the list. It’s considered an icon for the brand and both old and new versions are highly sought-after. The original large bag has even inspired a smaller version that is also a popular choice. Shop a collection of authentic Balenciaga purses from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.

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