I’m a longtime fan of Balenciaga‘s motorcycle bags. Balenciaga was the first top-tier brand from which I bought multiple bags, the first of which came from money I had saved up at my college job. Not only will they always have a special place in my heart, but the slouchy, studded styles still fit my personal style quite well almost a decade later.
I first fell in love with Balenciaga bags during the Nicolas Ghesquiere era, and now we’re two creative directors removed from his tenure at the brand, in the early days of Demna Gvasalia’s leadership. So far he’s refocused the brand’s attention to deconstructed streetwear, which is his specialty, and along with that, he’s done a little deconstruction on one of the brand’s most recognizable pieces.
Motorcycle bags have a couple visual signatures, and the most important one is the bag’s stud pattern. On the Balenciaga Blackout City AJ Bag, the pattern persists but the studs are removed; in their place, we get perforations and negative space on an ultra-matte leather background. This version of the bag’s primary detailing is the idea of the bag itself, but in a way that doesn’t look like an unfinished mock-up, and it’s my favorite City design in years.
Unfortunately, the cool idea and execution make the bag significantly more expensive than a standard City, which means I likely won’t be adding it to my collection. If your budget is a little more flexible than mine, though, this bag can be yours for $2,950 via Balenciaga.
So, you tell me: are you as into this bag as I am, or do you prefer a more traditional Balenciaga look?
Let the roaring drum rolls as we present this iconic Balenciaga Classic City Bag in new design. Yes, ladies why not take a look at this Blackout Classic City Bag from Balenciaga. We tell you right now that it’s worth putting in the pedestal, worthy of our admiration.
So what makes this new and improved version so much better than the original one? Still channeling the minimalist approach on the label’s iconic City tote with this Black edition, this one features perforated detailing that ideally sits in place of the iconic studs for a truly modern and chic take on the highly coveted and most loved silhouette.
Let’s talk more about the bag details. It is made up of calf leather, with antique silver fastening, top handles and detachable shoulder strap. It also has a suede lining, internal zipped and slot pockets and a two way zipped top.
The Mini Size is measured 6.5′ x 9.5′ x 3.5′ (H x W x D), priced at $1900 USD or €1700 euro. The Small Size is measured 8′ x 12′ x 4.5′ (H x W x D) inches and is priced $2245 USD or €2010 euro, $3890 AUD, $20200 HKD, ¥303000 JPY via MyTheresa.