Bags That Won’t Go Away: Balenciaga Classic City Bag


The original Balenciaga motorcycle bag, or more officially known as the Arena Classic City bag, had me up quite a few nights in search of different variations back in 2000. I had the ready-to-be-distressed leather version. I had the less-common pony hair. Hell, I even had it in denim and flannel. But as of 2015 (a lengthy, solid decade and a half later, mind you), I have had enough.

A few years back, they came out with the giant-hardware edition, the wrinkled lambskin one with oversized, textural gold studs. Today, strolling by the Balenciaga boutique, I see it’s still in full force. As for the first incarnation, famed for its crinkly-soft, grained goatskin leather; whipstitched, rolled top handles; exaggeratedly long, thin zipper-pulls; and, of course, the motorcycle-inspired metal accents, you can also still pick it up in every hue from quintessential black to Rose Berlingot (bright lavender) to Bleu Lazuli (cobalt with a pow). Don’t get me wrong: I know what goes around comes around, and I love the fact that it’s time to put it to rest now and bring it back in time for another decade. Balenciaga Classic City Nickel bagicon, $2,050, and Balenciaga Classic Mini City AJ Shoulder Bag ,$1,850, both available at Neiman Marcus.

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