One of Balenciaga’s most gorgeous colours IMHO, because it’s so similar to the iconic Tiffany & Co blue 🙂 The colour is called S/S 2010 Papeete (a stunning aqua) and is limited edition and now discontinued – get your hands on this authentic baby and you’ll have a very special bag! I’ve carried it out for a week and each time, people ask me where I got it from ‘cos they love the colour so much. This divine Balenciaga bag is made from uber soft lambskin leather that smells AMAZINGGGGG. It has beautiful slouch to it and a smooshy factor that will make you smile when you bury your nose and breathe in the leather smell. Or maybe that’s just me being weird 😉
The problem with all the newer Balenciaga bags is that they’re not smoochy and soft – you’ll notice this if you go to a Balenciaga boutique and check out their bags. The leather now tends to be a bit shiny or have weird veins in it, and not slouchy. Fortunately, I picked a great one with this Papeete so the leather is beautifully matte and THICK (what Balenciaga aficionados always covet!), and slouches beautifully 🙂
Made in Italy, this bag is made of soft vintage crafted lambskin with aged brass hardware. Has a top zip closure and interior zip pocket with Balenciaga engraved plaque. Hand stitched handles (4″ drop) with a removable shoulder strap 7.5″ drop. Comes with leather framed hand mirror, dustbag and authenticity cards. Measurements are 13″ x 2″ x 6″. There is very light wear on the corners and on the top edge, the painted lining has cracked in little bits here and there. It’s not noticeable when carried ‘cos it’s small, but you can see it if you inspect it up-close. See photos as I took pics of it all 🙂
And no, this item is not heavily discounted as it it’s a HIGHLY coveted colour and not even available on eBay.
Retails US$1,245 at Barneys, though this specific colour is discontinued.
Condition: Almost new condition apart from light scuffing at bottom corners and small cracks in painted lining. Comes with leather framed hand mirror, dustbag and authenticity cards.
Price: US$950 including registered airmail shipping (add $20 for EMS/courier with 3-day delivery). SOLD***
A super rare Balenciaga bag – you won’t even see this selling on eBay! It was made on a limited edition run and features incredibly buttery-soft and supple lambskin. It’s even SOFTER and slouchier than regular Balenciaga bags because of the style and shape. It’s somewhere in-between the size of the First and the City bags (it measures 8? x 11? x 5) – a lovely medium size that’s roomy and very lightweight. I love love love the way it slouches and the leather is so smooshy and smells SO good!! 😛
The large (and super smooshy) flap opens to a roomy interior with a zipper pocket (the leather pull is a bright red, not the dark brick red of the bag). The shoulder strap is adjustable (note it does not come with the shoulder pad that you normally see on Balenciaga bags) and will sit comfortably on the shoulder. The bag is accented with aged brass hardware.
The colour is called Sang, a very wearable brick-red.
Retail is US$995 on Balenciaga, though the colour is now discontinued.
Condition: Mint. Comes with original Balenciaga dustbag, leather swatch and authenticity cards.
Price: US$550 including registered airmail shipping (add $20 for EMS/courier with 3-day delivery)