Balenciaga’s motorcycle-inspired Lariat bag is a true bag icon despite not having a logo.
The Lariat’s enduring popularity is even more amazing when you consider that it was almost never made. This light weight bag with a vintage feel made out of beautiful buttery soft leather with tassels and unstructured styling was allegedly, “not rigid enough”, for Balenciaga’s bosses in 2001. Thankfully Balenciaga’s creative director, Nicolas Ghesquiere, was unperturbed by this and made a number of prototypes that he gave to models including Kate Moss. They loved them and the bag became an instant hit. Its remained with us ever since and whilst there is always a classic version on offer it has been updated over the seasons.
Founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga in San Sebastian in Spain in 1919, Balenciaga served the Spanish royal family and aristocracy until the Spanish Civil War forced him to close his stores. Balenciaga moved to Paris and opened a couture house in 1937. A number of designers who worked for Balenciaga went on to open their own successful couture houses. Oscar de La Renta and Hubert de Givenchy were considered his protégées.
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