The Balenciaga Motorcycle bag made its debut at Nicolas Ghesquière’s 2001 runway show and a star was born. Through time, many designs were created in many different leathers, but for serious collectors that the very ancient Firsts and City bags, made of the lavish chevre leather, would be the most coveted.
With its incredible popularity, Balenciaga has become one of the most copied brands in the world and one of the most complex to authenticate, with multiple exceptions to most authentication rules.
We’ve put together this quick guide that will assist you unravel some of the bigger puzzles, but remember to do your due diligence before purchasing and purchase secondhand only from a trusted source. The inside label on a Balenciaga bag will have either a silver plate attached to a leather tag or solely a leather tag.
With the exclusion of this City, First, Work (since 2005) and Weekender, all Balenciaga moto bags have leather tags just. These four fashions will have silver tags only if they’ve classic (also known as routine, or RH) hardware. The silver tags have been made out of genuine silver before F/W 2008, with all the”925″ silver stamp in the bottom right corner.
The silver tags comprise both a season/year identifier and a style code. Balenciaga began using an uppercase letter of the alphabet to correspond to this season/year of production from F/W 2003. The style number on the tag front will always fit the design number on the label back on an authentic bag. The remainder of the code numbers are in-house advice for Balenciaga and can be disregarded. The general consensus among Balenciaga aficionados is that there aren’t any consistent codes for colours, although black is always 1000.