I’d be remiss if I didn’t admit that my favorite brand is Balenciaga. I’ve had more Balenciaga bags over the years than any other brand, and although their designs remain largely unchanged since their debut, their many-colored motorcycle mags never cease to catch my attention. Of all the Balenciaga bags, the City style is probably by second favorite. I’m a hobo girl, so I prefer the Day, but I had a 2005 Teal City that I used over and over again for several years. For the uninitiated, the City is a simple, lightweight, often candy-colored small satchel that also has a long strap for coulder carry. In this economy, though, my only criticism of the Balenciaga City is its price: at over $1,000, it’s simply not feasible to own one for the vast majority of people. I may have found a high-quality and much more affordable alternative, though: the Foley + Corinna Glazed City Clutch (appropriate name, eh?). The size and shape are very similar to the Balenciaga bag of almost the same name and it retains both the satchel handle and the longer strap for shoulder carry. Also like the Balenciaga, it comes in a variety of colors, but my favorite is the Glossy Eggplant. What’s not like Balenciaga, however? The price: buy through ShopBop for $444.
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