It’s been almost three years since I first wrote about authenticating a Balenciaga City bag. While the City bag never really regained its early 2000s steam, its replica counterparts did not just drop and move on. Over the years, this lukewarm style continued to evolve alongside the more popular Gucci, Saint Laurent, (all members of the Kering group and sharing the same manufacturing standards and practices enabled counterfeiters to reduce marginal costs and achieve economy of scale) and at some point, it started to trick eyes and was sold next to genuine pre-owned Balenciaga products as new comers in the resale space were not experienced enough to tell.Read More
Balenciaga's classic studded First and City bags and later on derivatives are not necessarily the easiest bags to fake. The hardware and leather accent and other ornamental details, are unique in design, and effective in fending off counterfeits.
However, the knock-offs are definitely catching up. Here below is a side by side comparison between a replica City bag and its genuine counterparts.Read More