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Balenciaga Celebrates the Return of Its Iconic Le City Bag

The beloved original is back...

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The 2000s were a great time for handbag lovers. It was the height of the It-bag era, and designers were churning out handbag hit after handbag hit. And when it comes to bags from that time that have reached ultimate icon status, there’s one that instantly comes to mind. The Balenciaga City.

Few bags hold IT status, like the original Balenciaga Le City Bag, first launched in 2001 by Nicholas Ghesquiere. Balenciaga celebrates its return this season in a new campaign conceptualized and lensed by creative duo Inez & Vinoodh.

A 2000s Icon is Back

Dipping into the archives to bring back a 2000s classic in all of its glory, the 2024 Le City is crafted from Arena leather. It utilizes a variety of stylistic elements that were integral to 2000s fashion. Think original studding, laced zipper pulls, plus lacquered leather handles and straps.

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Balenciaga Le City is Back

The images call upon Miss Kim K herself, who was recently announced as the House’s latest brand ambassador. Kim Kardashian stars in the images alongside model Paloma Elsesser, stylist Patricia Field and more. Each individual is photographed in large spaces designed to look like the person’s closet, filled with their own items—all Balenciaga, of course.

The campaign is meant to celebrate the return of the original Le City, but other brand signatures like the Hourglass and the Le Cagole are also shown.

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Eleven
Eleven
5 months ago

This bag has been beaten to death already. You would be better off talking about the givenchy Antigone at this point, atleast it is better quality and not scandalous. And many people have not forgotten what balenciaga did. Not really the type for cancel culture but kids are off limits. Many other bags could have been talked about & taken up space.

Aspen
Aspen
5 months ago

But then those people cherry pick. Two examples.
Cancel Balenciaga, still shop at YSL.
Kering owns both.

“Save our children”
Wears fast fashion.
Who do you think is sewing those Zara and SHEIN garments?

🙄 please.

Green Leaf
Green Leaf
5 months ago

Top tip.

Go outside, take a deep breath, touch some grass.

Sandy
Sandy
5 months ago

Please stop!

Sandy
Sandy
5 months ago

It looks very similar to the original …have to see it IRL.

Aspen
Aspen
5 months ago
Reply to  Sandy

I think that’s the point

CShell
CShell
5 months ago

think Kimmie will give up her Birkins? ha ha right.

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Vlad Dusil
5 months ago

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Memphis
Memphis
5 months ago
Reply to  Vlad Dusil

What do you mean? That certain words will automatically delete the comment? I’m asking to understand. Thx!

Vlad Dusil
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Vlad Dusil
5 months ago
Reply to  Memphis

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Mia
Mia
4 months ago

What a beautiful bag! I can’t wait for them to be released!