There’s a good reason why Nicolas Ghesquiere’s iconic design for Balenciaga has withstood the test of time. The Classic City is as iconic a bag as it gets, and amongst fans of the Parisian label this is a must-have in their bag collection. Thanks to the bag’s easy-to-use top zip closure, removable shoulder strap and that framed leather mirror that we use for emergency situations (guilty as charged), it is heartening to know that even under the current rein of Demma Gvasalia, the bag is still around. Going a step further and given Demna’s eclectic twist, he is now showing us what happens when he gets creative with magic markers.
Look hard enough though, and you’ll find that there’s more to it than just a random graffiti print. Aside from the huge hand-scrawled ‘Balenciaga’ in blue, there’s also the Parisian boutique’s address (in case you ever needed to know where it is), along with the words ‘City S’ (in case you need to know the bag’s name and size). Turn it around and you’ll find the web address, amongst words like ‘leather bag’ and ‘city’.
Available in the same lambskin exterior and brass hardware finishings that we have grown to love over the years, you’ll find the Graffiti Classic City S over at our local boutiques (one was spotted over at Marina Bay Sands) where it retails for SGD2800. Not exactly cheap, but still better than pre-ordering online via Balenciaga where it costs USD2055 (before shipping) and be delivered only after 31 August. In other words, brick-and-mortar 1, online 0.