Balenciaga Mini City Bag in Black Review

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This is my second Balenciaga bag. Got it at Harrods during their 10% Rewards event. Since these bags very rarely (but more like never) go on sale, getting one with a 10% off was at least something. Also its UK price going down by £40 this year was an additional excuse to get it:)

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I also have a Mini City in ‘Rouge Cardinal’ (you can find my first impressions post here) and I just loved this bag so much I had to have it in two colors.

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Red looks amazing and I still love it.. but sometimes it feels almost like you have to style your whole look around it. And with black, the color clashing dilema hardly ever happens.

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Also, once I held the black one in hand, it actually had quite a different feel to it. First, it’s the obvious glossy leather finish with more apparent wrinkles and it seems like my red bag has sturdier/thicker leather, whereas the black one is softer and smooshier. So they may look alike, but at least to me they feel very different…

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Ways to wear a Mini City:


1. Shoulder

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2. Crossbody:

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3. No strap:
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4. ‘Ears’ out:
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It is actually more convenient to have the ears out, when the zipper slides the whole way to the end inside the bag, it’s very hard to fish it out later on.
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5. Mirror in / Mirror out:


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Mirror can be detached completely or it can just go into the front pocket. I do like having it attached for the ‘full experience’ and it’s a nice save for the times when you don’t have a mirror with you.. but it does dangle around quite a bit during walking, so it puts a strain on the tassle leather.
Replacement mirrors are available at Balenciaga boutiques provided it’s the current season color, but they are expensive (around $100)

How much it can possibly fit test:


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[a pretty big sunglasses case, mac compact, 250ml drink, naked basics palette, tangle teezer brush, some more makeup + some room for more]

Though I don’t think it’s practical to carry this much stuff in it, this is just to see how much it can actually fit.

At the end of the day it’s a pretty small bag, so you can’t fit your whole life into it. Measurements pic from the official site:

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The details:

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Sometimes zippers will have a ‘b’ logo in the back instead of ‘lampo’

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Mini city bags do not have a silver tag inside.

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On the paper tag, the first number is the year, second number is either ‘1’ (Spring/Summer) or ‘3’ (Fall/Winter)
Third number (309544) is the style of the bag
4th number (D94JN) – Type of hardware

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Where to buy City Bags:

Official Balenciaga (UK)

Saks Fifth Avenue

MyTheresa

Barneys New York

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4 Comments

  • I love how you did measurements and went into the details. Quite a full review ! The bag looks amazing.

    • thank you! well the measurements credit goes to the official site, but the rest of it is mine:)

  • Hi, I really love your review! It’s very helpful and clear! I love the way you wear the bag:)
    by the way, can you help me to check the authority of this balenciaga mini city that I’m seeing? It’d be my first balenciaga.. I try to read review and forums about that and hopefully you can help me! thank you:D

  • Hi! Absolutely the best review on the net. I loooove Balenciaga and just bought the mini in black with the silver, same bag. I love mine, had it two months and it was the most I’d ever spent on a bag 🙂 I think it’s my favourite bag ever!!
    Thanks so much for doing this, kept me sane while I was waiting for net a porter to send it!!

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