The new ‘it’ bag arrives

After becoming a rage in the West, the Balenciaga City Motorcycle bag wows desi fashionistas.
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Updated on Jan 27, 2011 03:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAaron Rohan George, New Delhi

After swinging on the arms of Hollywood A-listers such as Mark Kate, Ashley Olsen, Kim Kardashian and Nicole Richie, the Balenciaga City Motorcycle bag seems to be all set to attain ‘it’ bag status on our shores too. Closer home, stylistas seem to have take quite the shine to these bags.

At the IPL auction earlier this month, actor Shilpa Shetty had hubby Raj Kundra and her taupe coloured Motorcycle bag for company at the event (She has also been spotted with another electric blue version of the bag as well).

Actor Hrithik Roshan’s better half, Sussanne Roshan was also seen with her bubblegum pink (yeah, when you’re married to a superstar, you can get away with anything!) Motorcycle bag as she dashed off to Singapore for an awards show a few days back. And, B-town’s resident fashionista, Sonam Kapoor is already a City bag’o’holic. While in the capital it’s been seen on the arm of party regulars like Charu Sachdev.

Even online the fashion savvy are lusting after this bag. “ The balenciaga bag has been in my lust list for the longest time,” posted one blogger on a popular style blog.

And the big reason why the City bag is scoring high next to the Birkins, Kellys and Louis Vuittons, is because of its cool appeal. “It’s one of those bags which even an ordinary person would see and say, ‘wow, that looks great’,” says fashion editor, Varun Rana. “The look of the bag, best described as polished grunge, is very much in fashion. People are tired of the overtly monogrammed style of bags. A bag like the Motorcycle is clearly identifiable, but not because it has a giant monogram - it is a very unique style. And that is what every style-savvy person now wants one,” says designer Roma Narsinghani.

And though it’s surely growing in popularity, knowledge about the bag is still somewhat limited.”People have started asking for the bag these days because they’ve seen it on celebs. Some who ask for it don’t even know the name of the bag, and just have a picture for reference! We’re busy trying to source more pieces,” says Cookie Singh, stylist and co-founder,, a Delhi-based portal that rents out luxury bags. Looks like a new it bag is finally ready to take centrestage.

All you need to know
What’s it made of: It’s made of naturally distressed goat leather which gives it a unique, slouchy look without looking too treated.
What styles it’s available in: Besides the hold-all you can even get a cross-body version, an envelope clutch version, a messenger version, and even a pouch version
What look it works best with: The bag works equally well with a completely formal look (Shilpa at the IPL) or a casual outing (Sussanne at the airport).
WHAT it costs: The prices range anywhere between R27,000 (for the pouch) and R80,000 (for a style akin to the one seen on Shilpa/Sussanne). You can order it on the Balenciaga website or try your luck at websites like or Shipping charges are extra.

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