Over its ten year history, the great strength of the Balenciaga motorcycle bag has been its ability to be something of a sartorial Rorschach test. Because of the design’s simple lines and ability to morph from shape to shape while still being unmistakably Balenciaga, a prospective customer can see in it whatever she would like to see, and Nicolas Ghesquiere & Co. have taken to releasing it in every color, material and silhouette possible. All the better to collect, my dears.

Balenciaga’s Spring 2011 handbags continue that tradition in leather both perforated and traditional, suede, straw, python, crocodile, velvet and canvas. Did I miss any? I might have. The collection also ranges in color from subdued, rich carmel to acid green snakeskin and hits just about every note in between. Whether your personal style is prim, punk or such that you might be compelled to buy a very expensive fanny pack (please don’t), there’s an option for everyone who has ever loved a motorcycle bag in this massive line. Over 40 pictures, after the jump.

Photos via Style.com.

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  • Cathy

    An impressive collection. I especially like the exotics. The red croc is a stand out that is drool worthy.

    Nice except for the fanny pack. Like carrying an extra but around.

  • Mochababe73

    I am not a real fan of Balenciaga. However, I love all of the dusty pink (rose) bags. I also like the blue and white ones (#14 and 15). But I can’t help but to be reminded of the YSL Muse when I look at them.

  • Kay

    I Love that suede town. BUT, Are those Motor-Birkins????

  • Beth S.

    Sizes! Shapes! Colors! Oh my…

  • Kira

    Like a lot-just think that little mirror should be a tad bigger.

  • nance

    hey! i just love the 5th bag!! do u mind telling me the name of it and color?? thanks

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

      That’s called the Town, I’m not sure what Balenciaga is calling the color.

  • Lianne

    I’d buy #5 in an instant. #34 and 35 are also pretty darn cool looking.

  • edoardo

    Love everything. I believe that Ghesquiere belongs a unique sense of the color…he knows how to match the colors and the materials. Amazing colection as ever…

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • Stylista

    The structure, colour and simplicity of these bags is quite interesting! Very Balenciaga!

    http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

  • MizzJ

    Beautiful collection! Balenciaga manages to make color look classy instead of gimmicky. I can’t get that red one out of my mind!

    http://highmaintenancewoman.blogspot.com

  • Donna C.

    Love #15. Does anyone know the name of this one? Is it a new style?

  • Handbag Lover

    Love #38 very nice!

    • Trippytoe

      ILove#15.

  • Candace

    I don’t normally like the motorcycle bags, but I would by #2, #5, #7 and #46. If only I had the cash! If I have to pick JUST one, I’d pick #2 because the colours are so unexpected but work so well together.

  • april_kuwait

    loved tha hall collection :)

  • Staci

    Amanda, there are just too many bags in the spring 2011 collection that I want but know I can’t afford!

  • kim

    can anyone help me out please. I am based in Dubai and I would like to buy a Balenciaga handbag at a discounted price and found an online shop where i can order it. Can someone here tell me if the bag is authentic or not? Here is the link to the bag that i like: http://www.lux4u2.com/en/designer/balenciaga/balenciaga-pink-vintage-lambskin-handbag.html

    Thanks in advance.

  • DariaNYC

    When will this collection be available for purchase? LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE the red color hope they make it available in Giant City!

  • spongie

    wow, #15 is gorgeous. reminds of ysl muse and lv’s alma..

  • christine

    Can you tell me where I can get no. 4 the blue raffia bag. Amazing for the summer – im from New Zealand – where is the best place online :)

  • FashionRlynn

    Great bag, I have some Ralph Lauren Alligator pumps that would go great with this.

  • ninjaninja

    Just love it. (ipad)

  • Smith

    i dig 44! (ipad)

  • cl

    i do really really love those suede bags! (ipad)

  • nini

    I like number 5 (ipad)

  • Ellen

    I like the saddlebags best. (1 and 45) I’m not crazy about all of the colors but I like the colorblocking. (ipad)

  • marianne shaw

    fashionistas dream bag,stand out,beautifull vibrant color that will get you noticed.I would buy this.[ipad]

  • Lola

    They’re all nice but I don’t see any that I feel like I neeeeeeed to own. Balenciaga’s never been my type of accessory though, that’s probably why! I can’t deny that some serious talent and art goes into these, they’re stunning. (ipad)

  • Lola

    Oh gosh but this one’s texture almost physically makes me sick. I have a weird phobia of lotus seeds and other circle network-type things and this is really setting it off D:
    http://www.purseblog.com/images/2010/11/Balenciaga-3.jpg

    (ipad)

  • Sherry

    beautiful work bag (ipad)

  • Sherry

    love the detail (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    Very impressive, love the colors! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    sorry amanda..
    u had me at the red croc..
    i couldn’t even read or look at other following pictures..
    the red croc has eaten me alive! (ipad)

  • pinoytripper

    what ever they say that bag are so nice for me because I like (iPad)

  • Annais Bags

    Incorporating such different materials and keeping them sleek and clutter free. Balenciaga bags are light weight and have this underground but very posh Rock Chick way about them, love this feature. Bravo!

  • Jen

    Oh my goddd that #23 is AMAZING! (ipad)

  • Sheila

    One of each, please! Sigh – oh how I wish! (iPad)

  • Elizabeth

    some are amazing… others… not so much. (ipad)

  • helen

    I love these posts with the gallery of bags displayed. Like going to a modern art museum. (ipad)

  • swati

    i stopped at the red croc ….. everything else just pales in comparison … i tried looking at the others but my eyes keep going to the red one (ipad)

  • 4real

    Counterfeits….. Leave a sour taste in my mouth. Living on others creativity and success to skim money. Is it children producing those bags also? If you cannot afford the real thing, then buy something else less expensive but real. There are plenty of young designers who could need to sell some bags.

  • mariam

    Love no. 8, 38, and 44, specially 44, so sleek and fab..

  • Trippytoe

    I love # 15!!! It looks better than the usual City that I always see people carrying around. Great collection!

  • kiki

    oh my my my, i like the camel papier version i saw on department feminin, not too out there but still quite special, a hard hit on your wallet though lol!!

  • Alexandra Davidoff

    #3 – to die for! But I loooooooove them all!

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