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Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag Review

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What is the first item that comes to your mind when you think “Balenciaga”? Am I right that it is their Motorcycle Bag? First introduced in early 2000’s as a prototype for a runway show, today the Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag is one of the most recognized and iconic designer handbags. In 2000’s this bag has made all the fashionistas fall in love with it. The Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag has been spotted on such celebrities as Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton. Moreover, throughout the years, the bag has unofficially earned itself the “it” status with many luxury fashion lovers all around the World having this bag in their collections.

Balenciaga Agneau Giant 12 Silver City Black. Media Credit: Fashionphile

I’ve decided to devote a separate blog post to the Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag due to me noticing more and more people carrying it again. In recent years, we have seen a revival of several iconic handbags. First, in 2018 with the Dior Saddle, then in 2019 with the Fendi Baguette. Both bags have been very popular in early 2000’s, just like the Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag. It’s just that now it’s the time for the Motorcycle Bag to reclaim its place as a luxury handbag must-have.

One major difference that defines the Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag over the Dior Saddle and Fendi Baguette, is that the bag has never been discontinued. The Motorcycle Bag has been on the market for about 20 years now. Furthermore, from season to season, Balenciaga was releasing a new variation of the Motorcycle Bag. It’s either different leather, color or hardware. Black bags are released every season. Around the holidays, Balenciaga releases limited edition hardware combinations of the bag. One thing that is crucial to know: if we try to compare, let’s say, the 2018 Blue to the 2020 Blue, we will find that the two bags are very different. This makes the Motorcycle Bag ideal for collectors.

If you a shopping for a Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag you might be overwhelmed with terminology: city, mini city, town bag, agneauchèvre and etc: what does all of that mean? The answer is that is it common in the luxury industry, for a brand to use their own vocabulary. So, let’s walk through the vocabulary of the Balenciaga that they use in regards to the Motorcycle Bag!

Most popular styles of the Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag

  • City Bag
  • Small City Bag
  • Mini City Bag
  • Town Bag
  • Work Bag

Types of leather used in the Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag

  • Agneau: Lambskin
  • Arena: Crinkled Lambskin
  • Chèvre: Goatskin

Types of Hardware used in the Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag

In general, with the Motorcycle bag we can distinguish 4 hardware types. Classic Balenciaga Hardware is antique brass hardware with leather tassels. Another type of the hardware used in the Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag style is Giant 12, which is small studs. Alternatively, the Giant 21 hardware is large studs. Lastly, the Metallic Edge Hardware style is a metal trim with smooth hardware.

Resale value

As far as the resale value of the Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag goes, you might not necessarily get all your money back after selling the bag on the pre-loved market. You can find the City Bag in great condition on the pre-loved market for 20-50% off the retail price. However, if you own the limited edition piece, things might be different, as collectors are willing to pay a premium for a bag from a specific collection.
My best advice to those who want to purchase their first Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag: check out the pre-loved market! There are many beautiful pre-loved City bags for sale (even from the recent collections) on Fashionphile, Rebag and other pre-loved luxury retailers. This way, not only can you get your hands on the same bag, but also save some money.
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