Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giant First vs. Regular First

My friend Emily knows I am a huge fan of Balenciaga, so she decided to let me do a post about her new purchase from Balenciaga Las Vegas!

After much browsing and debating between a Town and Giant First, Emily ultimately chose the Giant First because she preferred a bag without the tassels and that the Town's cross body strap was too long for her petite frame.  The Giant First is a reinvented version of the Classic First with Regular Hardware.  The name 'Giant First' is a bit deceiving because it's the same size as the Classic First.  I think the name mostly refers to the type of hardware that is used, but even that doesn't seem so "giant".

The dimensions of both the Giant First and Classic First are 13.5" x 7.5" x 2.6" with a 7.5" shoulder drop and 4" double handle drop.  It is significantly smaller than the City so it pretty much fits just the essentials like a cell phone, wallet, keys, and a small make up pouch- anything more will make the bag difficult to zip up. 

The only differences that I've noticed between the two are that the Giant First has a leather interior tag whereas the Classic has the metal engraved interior tag.  Instead of tassels like on the Classic First, the Giant First has the leather zipper tab pulls.  Also, instead of using the larger giant hardware like we see on the Giant Cities, they've used a smaller version of the silver hardware to be proportionate with the bag's size.  The little silver hardware's is approximately the same size as the traditional aged brass hardware (RH).  The current price of the Giant First is $1595 and the Classic First is $1245.

My take:  I love the look of the First!  It is the perfect size for the petite woman. I try to carry mine more often, but always see myself reaching for my City or Day so I can have more room for my stuff.  

Click here to check out the Giant First and here for the Classic First with RH.

Moutarde '10 Giant Silver Hardware First next to Black '03 Pewter Hardware First


Side By Side
With Miley the Puggle :)
Close Up
Modeling Pic

Matching with Lanvin x H&M dress! :)