ABOUT THE BRAND
In 1917, one of the most storied and influential houses in fashion history was founded in San Sebastian, Spain, by Basque-born couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga. A move to Paris in 1937 paved the way for Balenciaga to step into the international spotlight, as the master tailor and visionary designer debuted a slew of now-iconic sculptural silhouettes from cocoon coats to tunic dresses, before retiring in 1968 and effectively closing the house's doors for decades. Along with Nicolas Ghesquière, who served an award-winning stint at the label's helm from 1997 until 2012, current creative director and Vetements cofounder Demna Gvasalia is widely credited with reviving the house to its former glory. Inspired by both the Balenciaga archives and modern streetwear aesthetics, Gvasalia creates highly covetable pieces like sock sneakers and logo-print totes.
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