Below is a transcript of the video.

I’ll be reviewing the Balenciaga City Bag today, commonly referred to as the Motorcycle Bag. It is one of those iconic bags that every fashionista has since it goes with everything. You can dress up or dress down and still carry this bag and still rock it.

I purchased my bag in 2010 (not 2008…oops!) in the Fall/Winter Season when the long lengthy straps were in and it still had the aged brass hardware.

The handles have whip stitching on them. The dimensions are:

Width: 11.5″
Height: 7.5″
Depth: 4.0″
Handle Drop: 4″
Shoulder strap drop: 8.5″

It has an exterior zip pocket which I carry the mirror inside. The zipper has the long tassel. It has an interior zip pocket. The name plate is on the pocket with serial number and alphabet letter which tell you which year the bag was manufactured for.

Decoding the Code by Seasons

Here’s a quick guide on how to decode the City Bag:

?1? = S/S (Spring/Summer Season)
?3? = F/W (Fall/Winter Season)

  • D = S/S 2016
  • E = F/W 2015
  • F = S/S 2015
  • G = F/W 2014
  • H = S/S 2014
  • I= F/W 2013
  • J= S/S 2013
  • K= F/W 2012
  • L= S/S 2012
  • M= F/W 2011
  • N= S/S 2011
  • P = S/S 2010
  • Q = F/W 2009
  • R = S/S 2009
  • S = F/W 2008
  • T = S/S 2008
  • U = F/W 2007
  • V = S/S 2007
  • W = F/W 2006
  • Y = S/S 2006
  • Z = F/W 2005
  • A = S/S 2005
  • B = F/W 2004
  • C = S/S 2004
  • D = F/W 2003

Continuing On..

The cool part about this Balenciaga bag is that the zippers go further out than the bag itself with double zippers.

It is a triangular shaped bag where the bottom base is wider than the top. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap. The shoulder strap is not long enough to wear the bag cross body style, but meant to be worn on the shoulders. The shoulder strap does have extra leather padding for comfort.

I’ve had this bag for a while and noticed the wears on the corners of the bag and that’s with any kind of bag, the corners are the first to get worn than any other part of the bag as well as the handles. I’m very careful when handling the bag (water and lotions) and so there isn’t a lot of staining or wear.

The bag is made of lambskin leather which is a softer and supple leather than cowhide. With age and wear the leather will get more supple and show the texture of the leather.

I purchased in 2010 for US $1200 which currently will cost $1800. It is a good investment and I think it goes with everything.

I was looking for a red bag and I definitely got one. There you have it.

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  1. Liana Ekawati

    May 25, 2017 7:42 am

    How happy are you with this bag?

  2. Lili

    July 20, 2017 7:17 pm

    Hi Liana – Thank you for your comment/question. I am extremely happy with this bag. It has aged really well and I enjoy carrying the bag. Whenever I carry it I get compliments all the time. 🙂

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