Balenciaga Blackout City S

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So when Balenciaga came out with its new interpretation of the house icon, the City, it did make me wonder. Were people falling out of love with the original that came complete with hardware and studs aplenty, or was it simply a case of taking the icon a step further and offering it in a completely new light?

And while I won’t have the answers to both questions anytime soon, I do know this. The new Blackout City is a minimalist delight, stripped of almost everything that’s most recognisable about the original City. What’s left are the ‘holes’ and perforated lines where the hardware would have gone for a look that’s definitely cleaner and slicker than its predecessor. Available in at least 3 sizes at the moment; the S measures some 24 cm by 15 cm, while the one in L comes in at 38 cm by 26 cm, which also means you’ll have options if you want a small going-out number or a larger one that’s good for work.

Priced at GBP1195, GBP1545 and GBP1885 respectively for sizes S, M andL, you’ll find all 3 sizes in various colours now via Net-A-Porter, or you could head down to Balenciaga boutiques in Singapore to pick out the one that will suit you the most. But before I go, here’s something to note. Just because it is now minimal doesn’t mean it’s lighter. With the hardware gone, there’s actually now an extra layer of leather on the bag for that can-see-through-cannot-see-through effect, so as far as its weight is concerned, I reckon it is pretty much the same.

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BALENCIAGA TOOL SHOULDER BAG

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A fresh and unique shoulder bag from Balenciaga, this one definitely caught our attention thanks to its boxy silhouette that it is inspired by a plumber’s tool box. And oh, the name was already a giveaway. Introducing the Balenciaga Tool Shoulder Bag.

Sporting a grainy calf leather and parading its boxy silhouette as if telling the world that it’s that one Balenciaga bag worth waiting for, this bag is all the more modern and stylish thanks to its detachable chain strap that further bolsters its tough, industrial vibe.

Knowing the needs of a cosmopolitan woman, this bag has a top handle making it a perfect shoulder fixture. On the other hand, you can carry it cross body thanks to its chain shoulder strap. It also features a push-lock fastening thus making it easier to access your belongings.

Measuring 7” x 11” x 6” (H x W x D) inches and is priced $2180 USD, €1955 euro, $3775 AUD, $19600 HKD, £296000 JPY via MyTheresa.

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BALENCIAGA RAY DOCTOR BAG

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The first taste of Alexander Wang’s creation for Balenciaga was the Le Dix Collection – a series of feminine chic accessories, streamlined and butterly smooth. I really like the ‘Le Dix Bags’ but my heart and loyalty, is still with the motorcycle bags; theClassic City, Classic Town, Classic Part time. Once you go for motorcycles, you simply don’t return.

But let’s chit chat about the Spring Summer 2014 Collection; from all the new bag releases I’ve seen, it’s the Balenciaga Ray Doctor Bag that have captured my attention, mainly because it’s looks so simple yet sophisticated and modern with a touch of elegant. The signature Balenciaga Paris is crafted on the silver plate and it’s made to hold only by hand. Unfortunately I didn’t saw any shoulder strap, it would be more convenient if they embellished it, but I think it would have totally ruined the design.

It has a shape to hold decent essentials, an iPad would certainly fit, but not your summer jacket. What I find interesting is that a lot of brands have already released the Spring Summer 2014 Collection, but Balenciaga is holding the Ray Doctor Bag back. There’s zero information on their website and I wondered whether it was released or not, but you can find the black version in their boutique.

I was also informed that the black and Rose Boudoir (as seen on the pics) will be made available online, but this can take a several weeks. Therefore we publish it early on, in case you spend your personal monthly allowance somewhere else. It’s currently priced at $2,650 USD.

Let us know what you think.

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Balenciaga Neo Classic Mini Chain Bag

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Inspired by the icons, the fashion brand Balenciaga has launched another stunning handbag. It’s named the Balenciaga Neo Classic Mini Chain Bag and its inspired by the Arena and Papier Classic Lines.

Available in the color of your taste, in flashy pink, the navy blue and classic black. From the front to the back, the bag is crafted with love and care – the chains are entirely handmade, the double flap at front and back is put together with metallic details. And to make it more exciting, the metallic frame is embellished all around the bag.

On the front you will find a closing clasp with two studs, it’s gently engraved with the brand’s logo ‘Balenciaga’. Refined with two-tone metal hardware, gold and palladium, it’s the ultimate luxury bag for this season.

Though small, the interior is quite structured with one zip and one patch pocket. Made from super smooth calfskin leather, measuring 16 x 17 x 9,5 (W x H x D) in cm, price at $1635 USD or 1095 euro’s at Balenciaga e-store.

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Balenciaga Metal Plate

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Balenciaga has decided to reinvent their Classic Motorcycle line by adorning their bags with shiny palladium plates on the front.  Instead of their traditional lambskin leather, these bags are made of (hopefully more durable) shiny calfskin. They have an interesting contrast of smooth golden toned studs against the silver toned plates. So far they have the Classic Metal Plate City and Mini City available for purchase.  

I find it very interesting how they like to change up the hardware styles now.  Mixing metal colors on a handbag is something very novel to me. What will they think of next?
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Noir Mini City

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How to Spot a Fake Balenciaga Handbag

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I am sure that you adore Balenciaga bags and that you would love to include one to your collection, but the tircky thing when it comes to buy one is to distinguish the really bad Balenciaga fake purses from the real thing. This guide will help you understand the main differences and it will ensure the satisfaction of your purchase.

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Look closer at the Zippers.

I know that you very often ignore this very small part of a handbag, but believe me it is one of the most important details of a purse. It can make the difference between an authentic product and aBalenciaga replica bag. The original company uses only zippers manufactured by Lampo. Fake handbags most often have the zippers marked with the word LAMPO instead of Lamp written in a slanted or italic font. This is a clear sign that the purse is fake. Plus, the “L” letter from “Lampo” needs to be extended under the other letter until the end of the word. The trademark symbol must also be present next to the word “Lampo”.

Examine the Leather.

The quality of the leather is the most obvious part of a bag, the part that clearly shows you if the product is genuine of it is just another poor quality Balenciaga replica bag. The original purses are made from goatskin or lambskin leather. This type of material is very soft, smooth and light. And the fascination of the Balenciaga goes on- it shines, but not too much. It is durable, but delicate. It is distressed, but not exaggeratedly cracked out. Also, the tassels are made from the same type of leather as the rest of the bag.

The problem with Balenciaga replica bags is that these use leather that is overly shiny and too cracked out. The overall effect is a very unaesthetic one and anyone could tell this poor fake bag apart from the genuine Balenciaga.

Pay attention at the Straps.

The straps are another very important detail of a Balenciaga bag to which I think we don’t pay enough attention at. An authentic purse will never have the end of the straps folded over. Only a poor quality Balenciaga replica bag could have this type of handles. Plus, usually, fake Balenciaga bags tend to have a more squared off bale.

And don’t forget the Handles.

Dear fashionistas, do not forget to check out the handles. No real Balenciaga bag has handles with a coated or finished appearance. A good quality Balenciaga replica bag must have handles braided or weaved with leather. This is called “sueded leather”, and has a very rough and unfinished look. It is more similar to shoelaces or rope. Most times, fake manufacturer fail at correctly cloning this small detail.

No one wants to buy a tacky replica bag that is outrageously obvious. In order to avoid the unfortunate situation of wearing a fake Balenciaga bag that everyone can spot as a replica, pay attention to all the above guideline before buying a knockoff. These advices will surely help you choose a Balenciaga replica purse that looks authentic, elegant and chic.

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