Balmain Crystal Leopard Suede Bag

I can’t even describe how excited I was to see that Luisa Via Roma had started carrying Balmain handbags, but that feeling of joy was quickly eclipsed by abject disappointment when I saw what those bags actually looked like. Why is a brand that makes such glam, inventive, rock star clothes and shoes making bags as boring as the Balmain Crystal Leopard Suede Bag?

It looks far more Betsey Johnson than like something that Christophe Decarnin would create for Balmain (and even then, I doubt Betsey would make something this simple). Normally, something crystal-encrusted and black and silver leopard-printed would be a recipe for awesomeness in my mind (and a recipe for incredible disaster in others’), and I have no idea how they managed to take all of those elements, combine them, and make something so completely devoid of personality. Does it look a bit QVC to anyone else? Like it might go over well in a retirement community? Bueller? Buy through Luisa Via Roma for $3587.

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  • Merve

    Have to see it in person but im not really that excited either. I would have expected something a bit more innovative from Balmain at least…maybe zanotti will make bags for Balmain ??? like he did with shoes????

  • Pandor@

    When I saw the words “crystal” and “leopard” and “suede” AND “Balmain”, I certainly expected something luxurious, sorta Cavalli’ish ( you know, very eye-catching and saturated) with McQueens energy and YSL’s forms & style.

    But I saw t-h-i-s…

    No emotions but a total *blah* sigh.

    Sorry, Balmain, but this baggy is by no means worth ~$4,000!

  • Jessica Jean Benson

    Not impressed. What is that?

  • Septembre

    Quite underwhelming. Looks a bit – dare I say – cheap.

  • Marion

    Sport sac

  • spanish moss

    unfortunately, just a big snooze!

  • The Girl in Grey

    Spanish moss I feel EXACTLY the same way. What a boring bag.
    It looks like I could make that by buying cheap fabric at a craft store and just sewing it together and adding a strap. No thank you.
    I love Balmain, but I am extremely disappointed in this bag. I suppose you can’t love everything a label sells.

  • Jim

    I agree with your review. It sickens me to see the pricetag too!

  • otter

    Sport Sac meets Whiting and Davis meets Nine West.

  • Michael St. James

    yikes…maybe in person it will look better?!?

  • Nee

    this bag is terrible, it looks homemade! Even QVC has better “stuff” than this! and that price tag sends it over the edge…:(