1. Hi all. How's balenciaga this season (2016) leather? Not shining as much as last year. It's good or bad?
  2. :wave:
    Hey everyone
    I know this is an old thread but am curious :graucho::doh: to know your thoughts on 2008 leather? How's the colour holding up now? If you have a black one - is it fading?
    Would you recommend 2008?
    Thanks in advance!!!
  3. If I remember correctly, 2008 was a "split" year .. S/S was still Chevre and the F/W was the beginning of the Agneau leather. However, I have 2008 bags from both seasons and in general, the leather was pretty terrific (even the Agneau). As far as colors, it really depends on how much use the bag gets and the climate in which you live. For instance, if you live in a very sunny climate, then chances are .. the bag is going to fade. I am particularly sensitive to that and as such, I rotate my bags A LOT .. especially the old "Blues" which definitely faded a lot.
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  4. Thank for the reply @CeeJay
    I'm just on the hunt for older bags and need to re-educate myself.
    Thanks again!

  5. I passionately love Balenciaga bags, and 2007 and 2008 were definitely two of my most favorite years for Bal bags.:love: I have collected 29 Bal bags thus far and continue to hunt for more, with 18 of them being from 2007 and 2008, testimony to the depths and magnitude of my love for these two Bal leather years in particular. :heart: I wholeheartedly agree with Ceejay and have found the 2008 S/S Chevre leather to be just wonderful and truly glorious, and the 2008 F/W Agneau is absolutely fantastic as well. I have a 2007 Black GGH city (so I cannot speak personally about black bags from 2008) and the leather has remained jet black all over and has not faded or become discolored at all, and the leather on this bag is absolutely amazing (very soft, silky, puffy, chewy, wrinkly, thick, deeply saturated).

    None of the 18 bags I have from 2007 and 2008 have become discolored, unevenly colored, or have faded at all actually and all of them (inclusive of color) are holding up and aging beautifully, but I do live in NYC, which is not a particularly sunny city for about half the year. Also, I do rotate my bags very frequently so that none of my bags incur very much wear. I even have a number of bags that have been notorious faders such as Electric Blue, Marine, 2 Sapphires, 2 Amethysts, Vert D'eau, LE Magenta, etc. and none of these have faded at all either since I have had them, so it is apparently possible to preserve/retain the vibrancy of the colors as they age. I store them on hangers or on shelves in different cabinets when they are not in use but use all of my bags on a regular basis. I would recommend Ruby Red the most highly of all from 2008 if you are a Red Lover. It is my most favorite Bal color of all, and I have 5 of them in different styles and hardware combinations, and all of them have remained vibrant and have retained their deeply saturated, rich, intense red color. :love: Succinctly put, I would recommend 2008 leather very highly and with immense and ardent enthusiasm. :hbeat::loveeyes: I hope this helps! :biggrin:
  6. @maroon72, dang:heart::love::loveeyes: your collection sounds AMAZING!!! Thank you SO SO much for sharing! I'm hoping to re-build my collection (after all these years, it's gonna be a very slow process :crybaby: but would love to have some of them older bags for sure).
    Thanks again:graucho:
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  7. Oops double post :facepalm:
  8. I totally agree about 07 & 08 having amazing leathers. Some of mine have minor fading issues, but the wrinkly leather more than makes up for the slight fading.
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  9. :yahoo:
    THANKS for the advice lovely ladies!!! I found an 08 bbag - black :facepalm: :lol: let the re-bulid begin! THANKS AGAIN!!!!!!!!! :love::love::love::love:
  10. :doh:
    just wanted to do an up-date on the bag leather that was in question... I got it yesterday and was SOOOO excited but no :crybaby::crybaby::crybaby: I must of got a dud one, it was that see green black and all dry! :crybaby::crybaby::crybaby: I'm sending it back for a refund.

    The search continues for oldies!

    Thanks again ladies for all the input about the leathers!!!:love::love::love::love::love:

  11. Sorry to hear. Was you 08 an "S tag or "T" tag. I have found some T tags to be like the 07 bags, but then the S tags quite different :smile:
  12. Oh thanks @jeanstohandbags :hugs:

    It was a T tag :doh: I'm gutted! The bag spent less that 24 hours in my hands, and it's already on it's way back. All I could think about was the swamp monster pic @CeeJay posted up as soon as I opened up the box :giggle: and then :crybaby:

    I'm gonna keep crossing my fingers until I can find an oldie somewhere.
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    I'm sorry you were disappointed. It's so disappointing opening the package and you WANT to like the bag but that sinking feeling in your stomach says it all. Glad you could get a refund.

    I actually have a hand scribbled list going from 2005 until 2011 where I've noted what different TPF:ers (especially CeeJay) have to say about the different leathers, of Black Bals in particular, from these years (obsessed, moi? :yes: ). One comment that stands out for 2008 black City:s is CeeJay's swamp monster warning and a big "NO!". When I was searching for a black Bal I don't remember seeing any from 2008 S/S that didn't have that hint of green monster tinge.

    Can I recommend you also have a look at 2013 and 2011? I know BPC and ZestyPasta both have gorgeous black Citys from 2013 (don't remember seasons) and my 2011 F/W is amazing, to me. I go a little weak at the knees every time I look at it :love: :lol: I've never had one of the HG ones, like an A or Z, that I know you've had, but there are some truly gorgeous ones from later on as well.
  14. Me too @SomethingGoodCanWork :yes: I have a list of good and bad blacks going too and I thought YEAH BABY a nicer not so beat up black city but no no! :shocked:

    I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how everyone on here shares tips and tricks!!!! SOOOOO appreciate it!!!
    THANK YOU for your suggestions re: years to search for! :heart::love:I'm SO out of the loop these days with the leather and the styles etc... I end up spending half the day on here searching for stuff! HA HA!!!:giggle: Once I get over the shock of disappointment I'll be back searching for that bag! :tup:
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  15. Just wondering if you took a pic of it? Lol....I remember the term 'swamp thang' being mentioned. 2008 S/S & F/W sounded like such hit & miss seasons.