Founded in Spain, in 1917, the Balenciaga house took a bold fashion risk when it moved to Paris in 1937. The rest, as they say, is history, with the brand gaining worldwide fame and applause after applause on catwalk after catwalk. Today, the French luxury brand continues to take risks with its edgy and fashion-forward creations that are on every fashionista’s wishlist – especially these 5 iconic pieces.
Part of Balenciaga’s Motorcycle Bag Collection, the City bag became iconic not only because it was immediately seen on the arm of supermodel Kate Moss as soon as it was launched in 2001, but also because, thanks to its causal and slouchy design, broke the norm of the more structured handbags making the fashion rounds at the time. Everyone wanted one… and they still do! It is a cult Balenciaga second-hand treasure.
An iconic piece that dates back to the 1960s, the Balenciaga Egg Coat is a signature item that has been on every woman’s fashion wishlist for the past six decades and counting. A streamlined, but head-turning design, this is iconic second-hand Balenciaga outerwear that just keeps exuding strut and that never goes out of style.
The reimagined and surprising dress silhouettes designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga changed the way women wore dresses forever – swapping out formal and ladylike for bold and beautiful. Both the Balenciaga sack dress and the babydoll dress are key pieces in the French brand’s long history of shaping contemporary womenswear with innovative design and perfect craftsmanship. Both stunning, both emblematic, are you #teambabydoll or #teamsackdress?
With the debut of its very first shoe collection in 1963, Balenciaga does it again, and each piece of footwear is quickly elevated to luxury shoe status from here on out. Edgy and fashion-forward, but also elegant and timeless, the brand’s stunning flat slingbacks are an iconic accessory that will have you stepping into Balenciaga second-hand style, always with your best foot forward.
Cristóbal Balenciaga, the heart and brains behind the French powerhouse, went down in fashion history as one of the greatest fashion designers of the 20th century, thanks to haute-couture design that was capable of elevating clothing to the artistic realm of sculpture or architecture. One of the brand’s most iconic pieces – and that lives up to that standard – is definitely the Balenciaga motorcycle jacket. Pure craftsmanship, premium leather, timeless appeal, it is the key item to consider, when considering a second-hand Balenciaga piece for your wardrobe.
Known as an absolute master of haute-couture, Balenciaga has not only been shaping the fashion world since the 1930s, but continues to shape the future of style with its unique fashion culture and exquisite craftsmanship.
Buying Balenciaga is beautiful.