Extra Odd Extra-Large Bags from Balenciaga
When Balenciaga came out with the Bazar Shopper’s Tote, it was a highly discussed headliner. It was the glammed up version of an otherwise plastic bag you can buy off the streets of Asia.
But runway after runway, season after season, in every capsule collection, more and more of these everyday/household plastic bags in full leather form make its way to market, and Balenciaga stores.
It’s one of those love-it-or-leave-it designs that would either make you roll your eyes, or salivate with fervor. And because life is busy enough, and curiousity can take us from one handbag to another. Let’s try to have some form of a guide with what we’ve seen so far.
Bazar Shopper Extra-Large
This bag’s been available in plastic form all over Asia. These are sold on the streets, folded neatly, with a wide zipper and a shoulder handle strap. They come in a variety of prints, but most commonly in checkered or stripes.
Thankfully Balenciaga offers varying sizes on this bag aside from the Extra Large sized ones. There are also plain colored options if the stripes put you off. It’s definitely an interesting bag. And something that would strike me odd. Little did we know that this is just the beginning pointing us where Balenciaga wants to go, and where they’re going to take us.
These extra large Bazar Shopper is definitely a stand out, statement bag. Not just for the size, but for the whole idea of it. Why buy thousands of dollars for a bag that can be bought for a dollar? And why would handbag lovers or fashionistas want to buy one and wear one at all?
Arena Extra Large Shopper Tote
When I first saw this bag, I thought it was great that it had a top handle for the arms, and an extra set of longer handles for the shoulders. But there was something about the blue leather that felt too familiar.
IKEA has something like this! And it seems that’s where the idea came from altogether. Yet another plastic bag that costs like nothing.
Blanket Extra-Large Square Bag
And now, Balenciaga has decided to push a new bag from the same strand of inspiration. And this time, it’s the linen department.
The Blanket bag looks exactly what a comforter set would look like. And though there are plain leather variations of this bag and varying sizes, the flagship design is the bedroom prints, cliché in beddings. You’ve seen these before. And it strikes as odd to be a fashion statement.
Balenciaga may have gotten into a brand rut with their motorcycle jacket themed bags they’ve toted around forever. Is it worth it to dish out these utilitarian luxury themed bags? Perhaps. We haven’t heard Balenciaga make waves as much as it has these past few seasons. The realy question is, would you buy one for actual use?
Images from Barney’s.