Balenciaga Launches Official Re-Sell Program

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Reduce, recycle, resell. Balenciaga has partnered with Reflaunt to assist in the re-selling of your pre-loved Balenciaga pieces, enabling you to become part of the circular fashion revolution.

As the consequences of mass consumption continue to be realized, companies have doubled down on sustainability efforts. One such brand that has expanded its practices for reducing environmental impact is iconic Maison Balenciaga. By investing funds into carbon removal projects, sponsoring agroforestry projects across the world with each ecommerce purchase and integrating other sustainably minded initiatives, the French maison has continued its mission of becoming a fully sustainable company. Embracing the increasing popularity of the secondhand market, Balenciaga has now officially introduced its Re-Sell Program, an initiative that backs the company’s commitment to the environment.

The Re-Sell Program involves customers dropping off items at select Balenciaga stores or having them picked up for documentation, authentication, professional photography, pricing and listing. To assist in the listing process, Reflaunt’s worldwide network of over 25 secondary marketplaces is used. Once sold, the seller is compensated in either monetary or Balenciaga credit value. When opting for a Balenciaga voucher, the payout value is 20% greater than it would be in cash, incentivizing the circular process.

Starting today, products can be dropped off at participating Balenciaga stores or collected via a scheduled service. The Balenciaga Re-sell Program is currently available in France, Italy, the UK, the US, and Singapore. Find the list of participating Balenciaga stores here. Come into the beautiful world of Balenciaga.

Balenciaga Unveils Porcelain Couture Figurines and a Candle

The legendary French couture Maison, which has thrust itself into the limelight in recent seasons – thanks to creative director Demna – presented unusual products for the latest Couture Fashion Week.

It’s an extraordinary collaboration presented in the wake of the latest couture show. Balenciaga is setting up its own couture store on Avenue George V in Paris. With specially developed products sold exclusively at the historic location of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s salon, the French Maison is giving itself a new direction. Or perhaps that of the entire industry? After all, it has always been a problem to make couture accessible to those who don’t have an unlimited fashion budget.

Among the first limited-edition pieces from the Balenciaga Objects Line are handmade porcelain figurines that are modeled on the original looks of Balenciaga couture, and a candle.

The figurines are the ones we have seen on the catwalk with models Aki Nummela and Minttu Vesala in their outfits from the 50th Couture collection. They were made purely by hand at Porzellanmanufaktur Nymphenburg near Munich. The manufactory, founded in 1747, is one of the few remaining porcelain makers in the world where porcelain is still made purely by hand. This process includes meticulous hand-painting in a historic master workshop overlooking Nymphenburg Castle.

The limited-edition Balenciaga Couture figurines replicate on a small scale the exact look dictated by a number card that each model holds in their miniaturized hands, with the same attention to detail as the artistic creations they represent. 

Next up in the objects line is a minimalist candle that comes in a round mirror-polished silver tin. With notes of burnt incense, old paper, tobacco smoke, tanned leather, aged wool, oak and more, the aroma channels Balenciaga’s Couture heritage and its subsequent re-emergence. Additionally, the refillable candle comes in two sizes.

Both the limited-edition porcelain couture figurines and the candle are available now for purchase at Balenciaga’s Couture store located at 10 Avenue George V in Paris. Come into the beautiful world of Balenciaga.

Kering Group is playing its part in combating the Covid-19 pandemic in France.

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Founded in 1963 by François Pinault, Kering S.A. is a French multinational corporation and conglomerate headquartered in Paris, France. Its portfolio includes luxury brands specialized in the design, the making and the sale of fine products, especially in the fashion, leather-goods, shoes, watches and jewelry sectors: Gucci (fashion), Yves Saint Laurent (fashion), Boucheron (jewels and watches), Bottega Veneta (fashion, leathergoods), Balenciaga (fashion), Girard-Perregaux (watches), Alexander McQueen (fashion), Pomellato (jewels), Ulysse Nardin (watches), a.o..

The Kering Foundation is committed to defending women’s dignity and rights by combating violence against women and promoting women’s empowerment. Since 2009, the Foundation initiated 47 partnerships with NGOs and supported many social projects oriented towards women’s rights. Many of ‘their’ brands have their own philanthropic projects with the support of the Kering Foundation.

Now the Kering Group is playing its part in combating the Covid-19 pandemic in France. In the days ahead, Kering will provide the French health service with 3 million surgical masks, which the Group will purchase and import from China.

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Meanwhile, the French workshops of Kering’s Houses Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent are preparing to manufacture masks while complying with the strictest health protection measures for their staff members, with production getting underway as soon as the manufacturing process and materials have been approved by the relevant authorities.

With a view to providing a lasting response to the current pandemic, Kering has made a financial donation to the French Institut Pasteur to support its research into Covid-19. On March 11 in Italy, Kering and its Houses made donations to the four major foundation hospitals in Lombardy, Veneto, Tuscany and Lazio.

More recently, Gucci responded to a call to fashion companies from the Regione Toscana for surgical masks and medical overalls, and could be able to donate 1.100.000 surgical masks and 55.000 medical overalls in the coming weeks, subject to relevant authorizations.

On January 28 in China, Kering and its Houses announced a donation to the Hubei Red Cross Foundation to help fight the spread of the virus.

 

 

 

Balenciaga Launches Koala Capsule To Help Fight Australian Bushfire Crisis

If there has been one topic that has been on the minds day and night in recent weeks, it has been the fact that Australia is literally on fire. The bushfires, which are still raging especially on the east coast, are having a devastating effect on the flora and fauna of Australia. Reason enough for many individuals, organizations and brands to take action. For example, leading French fashion house Balenciaga has decided to realize a clothing line that revolves around the Koala.

In addition to the enormous human suffering, it has become painfully visible worldwide how badly animals suffer from the still raging forest fires. Not only is a huge habitat being destroyed, but some animals are simply unable to escape the fire and burn alive. A tragic situation that does not seem to be under control for the time being. One of the most affected species in the region is the Koala. According to some reports, the total population of koalas has already decreased by 30% as a result of the wildfires.

There has never been a better time to shop Balenciaga. The French fashion house has just released a Koala-themed capsule collection to help conserve Australia’s wildlife while fighting the catastrophic wildfires that have been raging across the country since September. The capsule, which features the vulnerable Australian koala bear, comes with a t-shirt and hoodie, and the French Maison has pledged to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of these items to a local conservation organization at this critical time.

The news of the capsule comes after Kering’s announcement that its family of brands will come together to support the Australian people’s efforts against the bushfires. “Boucheron, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Brioni, Alexander McQueen, Pomellato, Dodo, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux and Balenciaga are jointly donating a total of 1 million Australian dollars as a direct contribution. These funds will be distributed to the most appropriate local organizations selected by the Group’s sustainability experts,” Kering said in the official statement.

The Australian bushfires have become a topic of international debate and sparked conversations about much-needed international environmental policies aimed at helping prevent such disasters in the future. One billion animal lives are currently believed to have been lost as a direct result of the fires, along with more than 23 lives and more than 1,500 homes.

Balenciaga’s unisex koala-t-shirt (€350) and hoodie (€595) are available on the Maisons website from 13 januari. Come into the beautiful world of Balenciaga.

Balenciaga Joins Forces With World Food Programme for Second Capsule Collection

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In 2018, French Maison Balenciaga decided to embark on a mission to support the World Food Programme’s aim to ending hunger by 2030 and by doing so, launched a collection for Fall/Winter ’18.

The fashion house’s fight to end hunger continues.

Continuing its commitment to the humanitarian organisation, the Kering-owned luxury fashion house launched a second capsule collection to engage its customers around one of the world’s most important issues with a new selection of clothing and accessories.

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Expanding from last year’s offerings, the second capsule collection includes more designs, including socks, hats, scarves, pants, raincoats, T-shirts, blouses, hoodies, and unisex bags, available in multiple colours.

The new collection will continue to raise awareness and support the World Food Programme with some designs adorned with the official WFP logo, and others feature a signature repeating slanted pattern comprised of Balenciaga and WFP logos.

Also, what makes the launch even greater is that Balenciaga will be doubling the amount of proceeds from each product designated as a WFP donation to 20 percent (10 percent more than last year).

The collection will be sold worldwide via retail stores and online, starting in December 2019. Come into the beautiful world of Balenciaga.

 

 

 

 

Balenciaga Small Ville Rainbow Striped Top Handle Bag

 

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The thing about Balenciaga’s Ville handbag is that comparisons will definitely be made to Hermès’ Bolide and Louis Vuitton’s Alma, evident in the similarities between the double top handles right down to the bag’s shape and silhouette. But what sets Balenciaga apart are its avant-garde prints and unique tweaks which its counterparts will never ever do. Like dressing the smooth leather body up in a multi-coloured rainbow graphic exterior for example, perhaps Demna Gvasalia’s tribute to Pride?

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It’s bold, it’s bright, it’s definitely cute, measuring 19 cm at its widest and 15 cm high, making for a great crossbody or over-the-shoulder piece thanks to the adjustable (and removable) rainbow leather strap. It’s part of the brand’s Fall-Winter 2019 collection, but can now be pre-ordered for USD 1,695 with deliveries slated to happen from July 2019.

Come in the beautiful world of Balenciaga.

 

 

 

 

Balenciaga Opera Clutch

balenciaga_ss19-opera-clutch-1024x768Balenciaga is HOT! Keen eyed fashionistas would have noticed that Balenciaga is bringing some of its cult favourites (such as the Classic City) back into its leather goods lineup, but Demna Gvasalia is also making sure to introduce new silhouettes that carry his eclectic touch, such as the half-moon shaped Opera Clutch that’s new to the season.

The exterior comes in soft suede leather, finished with the iconic BB logo in aged-gold hardware that was taken and updated from the archives, complete with a circular metallic top handle that’s wrapped with a silk-twill scarf to ensure maximum comfort while sitting in the crook of your arm. Measuring 22 cm at its widest and 11 cm at its highest, the Opera Clutch opens via a snap magnetic fastening to a black leather interior that would fit your absolute essentials. A phone, lipstick, several essential cards (fitted into the card slot within) and maybe a pocket-sized perfume spray – all you really need on a good day (or night) out.

Come into the beautiful world of Balenciaga.

 

 

 

Ladies perfect accessories

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Vintage perfume purse sprays: from left: Lalique ‘de Lalique’, Jean Patou ‘Sublime’, Cartier, Lanvin (by Cartier), Cartier ‘Must’. Vintage creme/solid perfumes: Paloma Picasso, Jean-Louis Scherrer no.I, and Bulgari ‘Femme’ (Click photo to enlarge).

Now, with the holidays ahead, many stores try to seduce us with the most beautiful evening clothes and accessories for these days. And now that the clutch, that little chique ladies bag, is hotter then ever, you can find them in all price ranges. But what do you take all along in such a small bag? A lipstick….maybe a handkerchief. And don’t forget your perfume purse spray! Our grandmothers used them, our mothers, they are availble in countless models and shapes. Many luxury perfume brands have them in their range.

And now that the clutch is hotter then ever, the beautiful refilable perfume purse sprays are also making their ‘comeback’. That make them the perfect accessories for this season, and to the perfect gift…

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Annick Goutal ‘Grand Amour’ 15ml Eau de Parfum refillable purse spray (Click photo to enlarge).

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Chanel ‘Coco Mademoiselle’ Eau de Parfum Purse Spray set (Click photo to enlarge)

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Chanel ‘No.5’ Eau de Parfum Purse Spray set (Click photo to enlarge).

Gucci Flora Mademoiselle Eau de Toilette Purse Spray set

Gucci ‘Flora’ Eau de Toilette Purse Spray set (Click photo to enlarge)

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Calypso Figue Eau de Parfum purse spray (Click photo to enlarge)

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Gucci ‘by Gucci’ Eau de Parfum purse spray (Click photo to enlarge).

Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Refillable Travel Spray Set

Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Purse Spray Set (Click photo to enlarge).

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Christian Dior Purse Spray Set (Click photo to enlarge).

Every holiday season it’s a suprise wich brand brings us what.  Great are the, mostly limited edition, cremer solid perfumes. They come in the most fantastic shapes, sometimes like a Fabergé egg or a small compact powder, as a charm or pill box. But always they turn out to be true collecors items. Famous are the ones from Estée Lauder almost every year.

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Houbigant Quelques Fleurs Solid Compact Perfume (Clickphoto to enlarge).

Apothecary Cherry Blossom Solid Perfume Charm

Apothecary Cherry Blossom Solid Perfume Charm (Click photo to enlarge).

Crabtree & Evelyn Evelyn Rose Solid Perfume Compact

Crabtree & Evelyn: Evelyn Rose Solid Perfume (Click photo to enlarge)

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Marc jacobs Daisy Solid Perfume Ring (Click photo to enlarge)

by Jean Amr

Countess Mona von Bismarck and Cristobal Balenciaga

Countess Mona von Bismarck, the queen of the international cafe society according to Vogue. Cecil Beaton described her as a ‘rock-crystal goddess’. Coco Chanel voted her to be the best dressed woman in the world and Cristobal Balenciaga was her close friend and favourite designer. The fashion conscious Countess Mona von Bismarck developed a vèry close relationship with the world renowned designer Cristobal Balenciaga and lasted for almost 30 years. It is reported that on one occasion when most of her clothes were destroyed in a railroad accident she ordered over 150 dresses from the couturier in one setting.

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Countess Mona von Bismarck wearing Cristobal Balenciaga (Photo by Cecil Beaton)(Click photo to enlarge).

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Countess Mona von Bismarck wearing Cristobal Balenciaga (Photo by Cecil Beaton)(Click photo to enlarge).

In May 1968, during the manifestations and general strike in Paris, when Balenciaga retired, as an act of mouring, Countess Mona von Bismarck shut herself behind closed doors sipping champagne for three days. Finis Mundi.

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First look: Kristen Stewart for Balenciaga’s new fragrance

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The latest campaign for Balenciaga’s new fragrance starring Kristen Stewart is revealed.

The Spring campaigns and Kristen Stewart are both in full bloom this month. The refreshed fragrance, Florabotanica from the French fashion house, Balenciaga, stars Kristen Stewart with her signature stare and pulled back hair, with colourful flowers gently draping over her shoulder.

Interestingly, the campaign looks much like the one of last season (pictured below). The bottle has been ravamped and Stewart is front facing for summer 2014, but the winning mix of natural beauty and nature remains unchanged. More abour Balenciaga’s Rosabotanica soon here on Yakymour…

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