Now that Alexander Wang is on his way out from Balenciaga, much has been said about his short-lived legacy which will no doubt be shifted into the shadows once the new man in charge takes over. And that might include the discontinuation of some bags that are deemed not in line with the new creative director’s aesthetics, a common enough practice across all luxury brands.
While the loss of the Le Dix will not make much of a difference to me (no, not really a fan), this one bag stops me in my tracks every time I pass a Balenciaga boutique. A sucker for anything large in canvas, the Balenciaga Navy Cabas has been on my wish list for a while now, a big enough carry-everything tote that I can use at the beach, the gym or even as a carry-on on the plane, chucking whatever I need into it and not worrying too much since it’s 90% durable canvas anyway.
Available in a couple of sizes, the one I’m lusting after measures some 48 cm across by 35 cm tall, trimmed in leather and even comes with a zip pouch great for those essentials one needs to keep safe. Priced at GBP545 online via Net-A-Porter (besides coming trimmed in Burgundy, it also comes trimmed in Black), SGD1200 or so isn’t too much for a bag that you’ll definitely find handy and use over and over again.
For those who need to see the real deal before making that commitment, this tote, along with the others in smaller sizes and styles from the same collection, are also available at Balenciaga boutiques at Hilton Shopping Gallery, Marina Bay Sands and Paragon.