Note: Balenciaga asked us to remove the images as they are for internal use only.

I’m continually surprised and impressed by our PurseForum members. The kinds of things that these ladies are able to get their hands on before the rest of the fashion community always impresses me; it’s like they were all detectives in another life. If you need a handbag mystery solved, it’s them you should be asking. They can find anything, even things that brands try very hard to prevent from being found.

Take, for example, this page from a Balenciaga boutique’s sales book, which shows the Balenciaga Fall 2012 color swatches in all their glory and which we found in a thread on our Forum. These are the shades that Balenciaga’s much-loved Motorcycle Bags will be made in for the coming pre-collection and collection, the first of which will start hitting stores at the end of the summer. Want to see how these hues are going to look on actual bags? Well, you’re in luck. Check out an expandable swatch chart and a first look at the bags after the jump.

In the meantime, you can shop Balenciaga via Neiman Marcus or Barneys!

  • Sandra Rowley

    The Motorcycle Bag is pretty great is any color…I love them all.  

  • Alexandra Davidoff

    I love Balenciaga, but there is one thing I hate about their quality – colour transfer/fading. O.K, I guess those are two things I hate. But really, Balenciaga makes such gorgeous, bright, luscious, electric hues and then the danger is discolouration when one uses them and that sucks. I’ve been told to buy black, but black can’t match the beauty of these colours. So there goes my love/hate relationship…..

  • http://withloveshmon.wordpress.com/ Monica

    I love these bags.. omg! Love the rose thulian!

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  • Silversun

    OMG I looooove the pic of all of them hanging in that droolworthy leather rainbow! :D

    Slightly disappointed with Cassis though, I’d thought it was going to be a dark red and this looks more brown-y. Oh well, at least Mangue looks totally cute and would be a great colour pop as a Hip bag!

  • pixiegirlie

    I love cassis and mangue on the swatch but not as much in the group shot. I’m hoping I’ll like them more when I see them IRL.

  • Rashida

    That Jacynthe color is beautiful…

  • Jeloi

    I’ll take them all!

  • 19yearslater

    Wow, Balenciaga’s reaction to this makes me uninclined to buy from them. What is the benefit of hiding these things? Obviously the real Balenciaga lovers have dug and found these things, so who are they hoping to impress?

    • Alexandra Davidoff

      Have to agree with you here. It’s not like they’re pretending to be artists who’s unfinished paintings have been exposed to the world…..wait, or are they?

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      The swatches can still be found on the Forum, for some reason Balenciaga legal acknowledged that they were there but only asked us to remove it here. I’m not sure why. People have been digging up these line sheets every season for years, I’m also not sure why Balenciaga cares if they’re published. It just gets people excited to buy their bags. But! Not my decision to make, I guess.

  • Mirna

    I came back tocdrool over the colors today and theyre gone?! That sucks!