Retaining its status as the go-to label for the directional smart set, Balenciaga’s luxury leather goods hold an inimitable prestige status amongst style-conscious consumers the world-over.
This season sees the revered label expand its men’s offering, so we gents have more opportunity than ever to invest in our own status piece from the illustrious Paris-based house.
Established in 1918 in San Sebastian, Spain, by the fabled Cristóbal Balenciaga, the label swiftly became patronised by the Spanish royal family and the crème de la crème of European aristocracy.
Relocating his business to Paris in 1937 in the midst of the Spanish civil war, Balenciaga opened his first store in the City of Light on Avenue George V in August of that year. The post-war era saw the company develop and evolve into the celebrated international luxury label we know today, firmly cementing its name as the industry byword for innovation, craftsmanship and sophisticated flair.
Renowned as the world capital of luxury leather work, Italy is the brand’s chosen country of manufacture for their prestigious accessories, employing skilled craftsmen that follow the rich traditions and superior fabrication techniques of the Italian leather goods industry.
With the hotly-discussed topic of the rise of the man clutch – or “mutch” – a key source of inspiration for accessory designers for AW12, this creased-leather folio is a spot-on accolade to the trend. Sporting the brand’s signature hard-edged silver stud detailing, this rich-toned burgundy style features a smart zip-fastening main compartment and a practical zipped front pocket for easy access to keys or cards whilst on the go.
Hand-hewn and stitched, its compact and well-proportioned dimensions make it the ideal piece for keeping your personal essentials in order and your pockets clean-lined and uncluttered.
Available now over at Mr.Porter.