Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Find this Balenciaga bag exclusively at Mall of the Emirates 

Balenciaga's Mini City bag debuts in burgundy croc-embossed leather

The croc-embossed leather bag costs Dh5,100. Courtesy Balenciaga
The croc-embossed leather bag costs Dh5,100. Courtesy Balenciaga

Dubai's very own Mall of the Emirates is the only place in the whole world where this burgundy-coloured rendition of Balenciaga's popular Mini City bag is available.

Crafted from croc-embossed leather, the handbag features a detachable, adjustable shoulder strap, so that it can be carried by its top handles, or worn as a cross-body. The bag features a zipped front pocket and internal slot pocket, and the leather exterior is punctuated with the label's signature gold hardware — namely, sleek studs and buckles.

The French fashion house, founded by Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, has a reputation for designing in extremes — while the Mini City Bag is small and compact, handbags from the brand's pre-fall 2017 collection are sized the opposite — large, and overbearing.

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Other recent designs include eye-catching, over-the-knee boots in bold pigments, again exemplifying the brand's dramatic tendencies.

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But while over-sized (and over-priced), Ikea-inspired canvas bags and avant-garde shoe-boots will last only a season or two, before becoming undesirable fashion items of expired trends, Balenciaga's City Bag is a far more classic style. While its mini version may be small, it's undeniably versatile, and with the right outfit, can easily take the wearer from day to night.

The Mini City Bag in burgundy croc-embossed leather is available exclusively at the Balenciaga boutique located in Mall of the Emirates, Dubai