How to Buy Balenciaga Handbags


Balenciaga handbags are highly sought-after because of their sophisticated design and because of the supple goat's leather used in their construction to give the bags a naturally distressed look. No two Balenciaga handbags are identical thanks to the naturally varying patterns. Here's what to look for to ensure you're buying a true Balenciaga handbag.

  • Check the zipper. All authentic Balenciaga handbags have Lampo brand zippers. Find the Lampo label on the inside of the zipper and look for the italicized letters that are raised, not engraved.

  • Look for the nameplate. The Balenciaga nameplate is either a silver plate or a leather tag, depending on the year it was made and the handbag model. The model number is on the front of the plate, and the serial number is on the back. The model number matches the first six of the serial numbers on the back.

  • Examine the hardware. All of the tassels on Balenciaga bags are attached with sealed, metal rings.

  • Inspect the handles on a Balenciaga handbag. The handles are woven with leather that looks similar to suede. If the leather on the handles is shiny, it is not an authentic Balenciaga handbag.

  • Find the "Controllato" card on the inside of Balenciaga's signature cosmetic mirror. All authentic Balenciaga handbags have one.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place the bag on a flat surface. It should slouch and not stand up stiffly. This is because of the soft goat leather construction of all Balenciaga bags.
  • Request close-up photos to fully inspect the bag when buying Balenciaga handbags from auction sites such as eBay.
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