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Monday, April 27, 2009

Balenciaga Bubble City

I hate to admit this, but I had completely written this bag off. Even though I'm a huge Balenciaga fan (as my closet can attest to), that doesn't mean I swallow anything Nicholas Guesquire decides to throw our way. Some of his more creative interpretations of the classic 'City' bag (multi-color woven City?!?) leave much to be desired. At first glance, I'd classified the Balenciaga Bubble City as one of those kooky bags. Upon closer inspection, however, I found that the "bubble" effect was not a gimmick but rather an opportunity to display the beauty and versatility of a Balenciaga bag's legendary leather. The supple lambskin lends itself perfectly to such a textured look. All the basic features remain unchanged - hand-stitched top handles, zippered top, detachable padded shoulder strap, front zip pocket, fabric-lined interior with zippered pocket and traditional aged brass hardware. The only change, aside from the bubbled leather, of course, is the price. The Bubble City will run you an additional $800 over the basic 'City' bag's $1395 price tag. Yikes! While I changed my original opinion on the Bubble City, I don't love it enough to spend that much on it.

Balenciaga Bubble City available in black for $2195 via BarneysNY


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