Hey everyone! So last year as part of my bi-annual replica bag haul I scored a Balenciaga Classic City in taupe gris with the metallic edge detailing. The real bag retails for $2,490 on Barneys and is completely sold out on Balenciagas official website. The bag is super luxe yet very functional at the same time. The shoulder strap the bag comes with makes it a no fuss bag in the sense that you can simply throw it on your shoulder and go out. Ive always personally had a soft spot for bags with shoulder straps since they make carrying the bag so easy, and help add a nonchalant vibe to your overall look as these celebs showcase while carrying the bag:
Celebs carrying different Balenciaga bags
Another aspect of the bag I love is all the small details starting with the braided handles. I think that the braided handles add such a defining touch to all of Balenciagas models and really think it is one of those signature touches that can help you easily identify the brand. The braided handles add a beautiful sense of femininity to an otherwise very tom-boyish bag in my opinion. Another defining feature of Balenciagas classic bags are the tassels. There are tassels on every zipper of the bag (on the top and the front) and this is another signature design feature which screams Balenciaga to me.
The bag retails for $2,490 on Barneys New York site.
Balenciaga bags are also very slinky. The bag does not stand up easily on its own since the leather is so supple, and it slouches quite easily. I really think that the slinkiness adds to the overall carefree vibe that exudes from the bag. The leather on the particular bag I chose is chevre which is goatskin. I have to say this is the first chevre leather bag I have ever owned and the grain on the leather is magnificent. The texture is matte with a drop of shine, and looks stunning in person (pictures cant really justify the look or supple feel).
Overall I have to say that the Balenciaga City bag is a very thoughtfully designed bag that really makes you appreciate the overall art of handbag design. I think that the bag is really functional for use on a day to day basis and have personally been using it as my go to bag for weekend shopping when I am going for a no-fuss experience. Here are more pics of the bag for you to judge:
The bag came wrapped beautifully with protective packaging around the metallic hardware to prevent it from being damaged during the shipping process.
The braided handle details are absolutely stunning and my favorite design feature of the bag.
The pull-out mirror is also a neat little feature. Even though we live in the age of digital tech. where you can pull out your phone to take a quick selfie or use the camera as a mirror (I dont do this personally but I have seen others guilty of this act), its nice to have an old-school leather clad mirror available on hand in your bag!
The interior of the bag is made with a black fabric lining.
A view from the back of the bag where the detailing is visible. Also I think this picture does a great job of showcasing the suppleness of the leather!
A close-up of the zipper hardware. As I have mentioned over and over on the blog the hardware, zippers, and stitching usually point to how well a bag is made. This is what often separates a good fake from a bad one. As the picture above displays the stitching, and hardware are all on point.
The strap comes in super handy if you want to simply wear the bag as opposed to having to carry it. The strap is a bit longer compared to its authentic counterpart, however this is a minor difference I can live with.
The interior tag inside the bag that is stamped with the Balenciaga logo.
As you can see there is a serial number on the back of the tag that correlates with Balenciagas authentic serial # system. Made in Italy is also stamped in the bag!
The interior zipper of the bag is pull out on both sides make it easy to access the top zipper.
Another closeup showcasing the beautiful grain of the chevre leather as well as the lovely stitch detailing.
This picture shows a top view of the bag where you can see the tassels on the top zipper as well!
Overall I love this bag, and it is an excellent replica in relation to leather, stitching, hardware quality, and overall craftsmanship (9.5/10). However if I were to share one gripe about the bag it would be that I went with the metallic edge detailing. It is very fun and really stands out, especially when you consider the contrast between the leather and hardware, however if I were to pick again Id go for a black bag with all black hardware or silver hardware which would have more of a subdued look. A new Classic City bag is actually on my 2018 bag wishlist so Ill have to order one and let you guys know how it turns out!