Investment items require research. Here’s a review on the highly coveted Medium Balenciaga Classic City Bag with ‘Classic’ hardware has been one of the best purchases I’ve made to date. I purchased this in late 2011 and it is still in excellent condition. This bag can currently be purchased online at Holt Renfrew if you are in Canada and it retails for approx $2245 before tax. When I first purchased this bag it was retailing for approximately $1500 before tax. This bag definitely holds it’s value and the prices are definitely going up as well.
The leather is a soft lambskin leather and it only gets softer and softer with use which is what I love about this bag. The handles hold up really well and is keeping it’s shape. The tassels are a bit of a problem. I have found the ends to start to split however this is a minor detail that I can overlook.
Practicality and Space
This bag definitely holds more than you can image. I’ve traveled with this bag and was able to put my 13″ macbook pro, mac charger, phone charger, a day’s worth of clothing (for when I travel), a few make up items and my wallet. So it definitely is spacious and fits a lot. The bag itself is also light weight so it doesn’t add to the weight of the items when you are carrying it around. The shoulder handle however is not recommended for use when you are carrying a lot because it does make the leather drop at the bottom. The top handle is my preference when I have a lot of heavy items in my bag. There is an outside zipper pocket which can fit your iPhone and it also have a mirror that comes along with it ( a signature Balenciaga bag).
What can be improved
The zipper – as wonderful as it is to have two zippers that zip in both directions. The zipper is a bit weak so you need to tug on the other side to unzip the bag which I have found to be an issue.
This is a luxury buy so is there a luxury upkeep? Nope. The SA at Holt Renfrew told me that you can use your basic hand lotion – Cetaphil or Lubriderm to condition the leather every so often (or when you do start seeing it to get dry). There are other options like mink oil as well but it’s absolutely your discretion or you can hop over to the purseforum and there is an entire thread on Balenciaga maintenance and care. If your tassels do start to wear off and want to get them repaired or fixed – you can bring it back to Holt Renfrew or place of purchase and they can ship it in for repairs for you.
Can this bag be hard to get a hold of? Yes. Depending on the colour and hardware, this bag can be hard to get a hold of. I would recommend contacting a local Sales Associate at your department store and they can put you in contact. What happens with luxury bags is they now often require the full payment first prior to ordering it and delivery can take a few weeks depending on the season.
Will I ever sell this?
Never. This is definitely a bag that I will keep for years and years to come because it goes well with any outfit from day to night. If you ask me if it is worth it for it’s current retail price. If you really love the style and have always wanted a Balenciaga City Bag then yes, go for it. The prices will only soar higher must like the highly coveted Givenchy Antigona Bag which is now up in the $2000s CDN (previously $1800 when first released). The City bag holds its value quite well for a luxury bag (although it’s not comparison to a Chanel) but I do think the more you use it, the more character it gives.