I am actually totally excited by all things related to Balenciaga’s 10th Anniversary right now. First we had the metallic finished bags at Neiman Marcus, then the lizard embossed First version, and now an animal print Balenciaga First. And this version is by far the most ‘out there‘ of the group, but it is also the one that takes the biggest chance.

I re-fell in love with the floral S/S 2008 BBag and now I am captivated by the Balenciaga Animal Print First.


I have learned my lesson. I have to see a Balenciaga bag in person before I make another purchase. I hope this bag is not exclusive to online shopping, because Vlad and I will be in NYC this weekend and I would love to check this bag out in person. It has a chance to be amazing and a chance to be a mess. I want it to be amazing. I want to buy it and wear it with jeans, heels, and a simple top. I want people to look at it and wonder when exactly Balenciaga made this bag and why. Because let’s face it, this is not a safe choice.

The trim is calfskin which is offset by hair pony skin with the animal print. I am always iffy about this type of finish, but at the same time it can add the perfect amount of dimension and texture to the bag itself. So dear animal print Balenciaga bag, please be in NYC and please be kind of amazing for me. Price is $1,595 via Balenciaga.

  • Sara

    I hope it looks amazing for you, too!!!

  • kemilia

    While I truely hope you love it, it is totally not for me.

    I know you are on your Bal Bag hunt, I have found mine (lucky me) and you need to find yours. They are amazing!

    • Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Yes, I am hunting away! This is a bag I think most people will either love or loathe – but I absolutely would need to see it in person first! I hope we have time to pop by Balenciaga NY on our trip :)

  • gpc

    Megs, I received NM’s “The Book” for September 2010 and on page 198 they are featuring the perforated lambskin “Arena Cross Maxi Twiggy” in royal blue with brass hardware. I guess it also comes in gray, taupe, rose or light blue. It is actually very nice, but not sure if there will be other styles in the perforated leather. If you want to see it online, go to NM’s site, catalog shopping and enter catalog code SEP10 and item no. is 198a.

  • mochababe73

    I have been a lover of animal print since it was considered tacky to wear. I wore it with pride. However, I don’t like this particular print. I am going to have to go to the Galleria here in Houston and check it out.

  • Demi

    Even though I’m not a huge fan of animal print – it’s hard to find an animal-printed purse that doesn’t look a bit cheap – I loved this bag from the moment I saw it!!!! BREATH-TAKING!!!

  • JW

    Actually I just receive my Animal print city from NY Bal…it is amazing…the brown trim you saw at the picture is exclusive to online purchase…I got my with anthracite trim…this bag is TDF!!!!

  • !!!

    i like it.

    i really REALLY wanted the black metallic anniversary bag. totally out of my budget. totally out of my area. le sigh. WHY MUST LIFE BE THIS WAY ?? :(

  • g

    10th anniversary for what??

  • Blake

    Love everything Balenciaga, looking at Harper’s Bazaar May issue. I know its a bit back but did anyone notice the the Blenciaga clutch on page 66. I want it soo bad!
    I live in Toronto and can’t find it on line or in the city. Help

  • Elizabeth

    Cute! But not for me – i usually carry very plain, monochromatic bags. (ipad)