Confessions from a crazy handbag lady. It’s not a secret that I am a Balenciaga collector. Since I was a little girl I was mesmerized by designers like Chanel and Dior (still am!), but when Nicolas Ghesquière, creative director at Balenciaga from 1997 to 2012, launched the Motorcycle handbag line, it was love at first sight. This handbag was exactly what I was looking for in a bag: super soft, lightweight and distressed leather that comes in a variety of colours in a cool, rock chic design. With tassels and studs. Without the big logos. And the more wear it gets, the better it looks. Perfect for my lifestyle and personal style.
The plan was to get a black classic City, and maybe a red and a caramel coloured. But this bag suited my lifestyle so well and the colours are amazingly pretty, so over the years, my Balenciaga collection grew quite a bit. And not only bags, it also includes small leather goods, shoes, leather jackets and bracelets. I have bought and sold a lot, hunting for holy grails. The collection has been in constant change. Today I am very happy with what I have, but I’m sure it will still change. Definitely not as frequently as before, but I may still add new additions and let some go to new homes.
You may say this is crazy, and yes, it is. But I am an all or nothing person, often following the saying “If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour.” I prefer to have the same type of bag (or shoes for that matter) in different colours that actually work for me and my lifestyle. Something I feel comfortable in that I know I will get a lot of use out of. I would never have this many Balenciaga bags if I didn’t actually use them all. Those I didn’t use as much have gone to new homes. Also, looking at my colourful bag shelves every day gives me a little extra happiness. A good way to start the day.
Balenciaga accessories and ready-to-wear are also in the collection. I have a weakness for arm candy so Balenciaga bracelets are something I’ve been collecting for a long time as well. As with the bags, I tend to buy the same style in different colours. What works works, right?
And what is cuter than those small leather goods? Coin purses, card holders and wallets make it really easy to keep your stuff organized in the bag, and it makes it so much easier to switch to a new bag in a few seconds. If you’re like me, you like to rotate your bags and don’t want to spend a lot of time in the morning doing so.
Once a Bal gal, always a Bal gal. At least when it comes to the classic pieces from the Nicolas Ghesquière period. His successor, Alexander Wang, didn’t do much for Balenciaga in my opinion, and maybe that’s why he didn’t stay long. I have more faith in Demna Gvasalia. Even though he has designed some ridiculous pieces (which, to be honest, you can’t do anything else than see the humour in), he has also renewed Balenciaga with new and cool pieces in both the accessories and ready-to-wear department, but at the same time he embraces the classics.
- Fun fact 1: my youngest son’s middle name is Nicholas, a tribute to the talented Nicolas Ghesquière.
- Fun fact 2: my friends made me a song they performed at our wedding, and of course they included a line about Balenciaga.
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