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Demna has long been inspired by the automobile industry, first heavily referencing cars in Balenciaga’s Fall-Winter 2017 collection. In 2020, he partnered with Polestar (known for their electric cars) for a futuristic online game.
Two years on, the eclectic designer has decided to venture into a new car-themed series of leather bags and SLGs. Simply titled Car, it is part of Balenciaga’s Fall-Winter 2022 menswear collection launched earlier this month.
Two standout pieces include the Camera Bag and Phone Holder On Strap. Both designs come in grained calfskin with asymmetric embossing detailing that reminds you of car tyres. These charming accessories also carry a tactile appeal (go ahead and run your fingers along the exterior), making for a statement-making bag that guarantees to turn heads wherever you go.
The Phone Holder On Strap (SGD1250) measures 18 cm high and 11 cm wide. A magnetic flap closure opens to a single compartment for a slim mobile phone, cardholder and other small essentials. If you need extra space, you can always go for the Camera Bag (SGD1450). This has a deeper interior (6 cm wide) to hold a tad bit more. It also has a zipped closure for extra security, and the thick strap with a leather shoulder pad makes it extra comfortable when slung across the body.
To make things extra exciting, Balenciaga has launched the Car collection in brighter colours such as neon yellow, white and a chic metallic grey. Of course, the classic black is available as well. But why go for safe options when you can always opt for a little fun?