I first started wanting a Balenciaga bag in March of last year. I adore small bags – and I needed this bag in my life! I started researching Balenciaga and discovered several things:
- This bag style is called “the First” and is the current version of the original Le Dix motorcycle bag first produced in 2001
- First bags used to made out of goatskin (chevre). After 2006/2007 they switched to lambskin (agneau). Many Bal enthusiasts prefer the earlier chevre leathers as they are thicker and “chewier”. Chevre bags can cost the same if not more than purchasing a new agneau bag.
- Bal leathers are delicate and can be prone to discolouration. Darker colours can fade unless protected from sunlight, while lighter colours are affected by colour transfer and handle darkening.
Choosing MY bag was an ordeal – this bag is quite an investment, yet unlike other high-end bags (like Chanels) their appearance changes over time, even after careful use. I didn’t want to end up with a shabby looking bag!
I went to my local Balenciaga counter (at Holt Renfrew). They don’t carry many colours in the First style, as other styles (like the City) are more popular. They currently only have bleu lavande (a purplish blue), cyclamen (hot pink) and black in the first size. At the same time I was checking reputable/recommended e-stores for a mint bag from a previous season. I ended up purchasing a Black first from Holt Renfrew and a mint Sahara first online.
Pros of the Black bag:
-Don’t have to worry about colour transfer or handles darkening
Cons of the Black:
-Had a greenish tinge that would only grow more prominent over time (even if I changed this particular bag, I may end up with another bag with a similar problem – even if it doesn’t fade to green, it may fade to grey).
-from far it just looks like an ordinary bag
-I don’t wear a lot of black
Pros of the Sahara:
-Light colour allows you to see the Bal design details clearly
-neutral colour to match a lot of outfits
Cons of the Sahara:
-Handles may darken over time
-Could end up with colour transfer
In the end, my heart was with the Sahara bag – so that’s the one I kept
I also purchased the Balenciaga leather protectant kit from Lovin My Bags, to hopefully prevent darkening and marks over time (fingers crossed). I hope I got lots of use out of this bag and that it holds up well!
I’m also still on the lookout for my Chanel WOC from hubby – I called the Chanel stores but apparently they’re out of stock until October!