Balenciaga is a European luxury fashion house founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga, a Spanish designer. He had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as “the master of us all” by Christian Dior and as the “only couturier in the truest sense of the word” by Coco Chanel, who continued “The others are simply fashion designers”. Several designers who worked for Balenciaga would go on to open their own successful couture houses, notably Oscar de la Renta, Andre Courreges, Emanual Ungara, and his most famous and noted protégé Hubert de Givenchy.
Today, the brand is most famous for its line of motorcycle-inspired handbags. Balenciaga is also very well known for creating avant-garde structural pieces, straddling the edge of fashion and forecasting the future of women’s ready-to-wear fashion.
This authentic Balenciaga Giant Work GSH leather top zip handbag is from the 2007 collection. The ‘GSH’ stands for Giant Silver Hardware. The 2007 color was called Marigold/Jaune. Dual hand-stitched rolled leather handles. An exterior zippered pocket measuring 8-1/4 inches / 21.0 cm contains a matching leather mirror. The front of the bag features textured silver tone hardware buckles and giant decorative studs. Four textured feet on the bottom of the bag. All zipper pulls are in leather. Very tiny black freckles can be seen sporadically on the exterior of this bag which happened during the dye process of this particular color. This luxury handbag has three Lampo zippers. Serial number is 173080-1669. Made in Italy. Original retail $1825 USD.
Length: 18 inches / 45.7 cm
Height: 11 inches / 28.0 cm
Width: 6-1/4 inches / 15.9 cm
Handle Drop: 6 inches / 15.3 cm
The interior of the bag is lined in a black twill and features a 7-inch zippered pocket with leather zipper pull. Directly underneath the pocket is a Balenciaga leather tag.
Pre-owned: This handbag is in very good condition which means that the bag has obviously been carried. There are no signs of abrasions or scratches on the exterior of the bag. There is one tiny ink mark on the front of the bag which can be seen in the second last photo. There is some wear on the bottom corners of the bag with one corner showing more wear than the other corner. The interior of the bag is very clean, however, one corner of the Balenciaga interior leather tag has a small stain on it. All photos can be magnified for a closer view.