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Guide to Date Balenciaga Bags

By Bebefuzz

Not only is the number(s) inside a designer bag one small part of proper authentication, it also oftentimes reveals the time of manufacture or the season of the bag. Here's a guide to tell how old a Balenciaga handbag is just by looking at the tag.

how to tell how old a balenciaga bag is guide

Oftentimes, there is a letter on the stamping of a Balenciaga bag that will date the season and year of the handbag.

metal plate for Balenciaga city motorcycle bag

On metal tags (Balenciaga tags that have a metal plate), the letter following the first sequence of numbers will reveal the season and year of the bag. For Balenciaga bags with metal plates that are older than Fall / Winter 2003, this letter will be missing.

In the example above, this would be the letter L. Using the lookup below, we see that this bag is from Spring Summer 2012.

300295 balenciaga mini city bag

On leather tags (Balenciaga tags without a metal plate), some bags will not have this letter no matter what year or season they belong to, making it more difficult to date the bag. However, if the leather tag has this letter that allows dating, it will be located somewhere on the backside of the tag.

In the example of the leather tag above, this would be the letter H. Using the reference list below, H corresponds to a Spring Summer 2014 bag.

Here's what each letter means:

E - Fall / Winter Collection 2015
F - Spring / Summer Collection 2015
G - F/W 2014
H - S/S 2014
I - F/W 2013
J - S/S 2013
K - F/W 2012
L - S/S 2012
M - F/W 2011
N - S/S 2011
O - F/W 2010
P - S/S 2010
Q - F/W 2009
R - S/S 2009
S - F/W 2008
T - S/S 2008
U - F/W 2007
V - S/S 2007
W - F/W 2006
Y - S/S 2006
Z - F/W 2005
A - S/S 2005
B - F/W 2004
C - S/S 2004
D - F/W 2003

So, now with the reference seasons above, you can easily date the following bags. :)

Chevre Balenciaga First bag tag label

This bag has the letter B which means it is a 2004 Fall / Winter season bag.

New Balenciaga City bag main label

The letter H on this bag tells us that this bag is from Spring Summer 2014.

fake balenciaga tag stamping on replica city bag

As stated previously, dating a bag is only one very small part of authentication. This last picture reflects a very common fake tag. Notice how it also has a date letter.

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We hope that this blog post helps you in dating your own Balenciaga bags. For similar articles, check out how to date Louis Vuitton bags and how to date Chanel bags.

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