Balenciaga is a European luxury fashion house founded by Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. He had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as “the master of us all” by Christian Dior. Several designers who worked for Balenciaga would go on to open their own 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 color that year was called Marigold/Jaune. The ‘GSH’ stands for Giant Silver Hardware. A large distressed lambskin leather handbag with dual hand-stitched rolled leather handles, textured silver tone hardware buckles, giant decorative studs and four textured feet. An exterior zip pocket contains a matching leather mirror. All zipper pulls are in leather. Very tiny black freckles can be seen sporadically on the exterior of this bag which was a part of the dye process. 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.There is some wear on the bottom corners of the bag with one corner more pronounced than the other corner. One tiny ink mark on the front of the bag (see photo). 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.