At Balenciaga‘s 51st Couture show in Paris. the fashion brand and Bang & Olufsen unveiled the Balenciaga I Bang & Olufsen Speaker Bag. 20 editions of the exclusive accessory will be available to purchase at the newly opened Balenciaga Couture store in Paris.
The Balenciaga I Bang & Olufsen Speaker Bag is made to resemble the sculptural form of Balenciaga’s handbags. It is a fully functional bag and portable speaker.
This collaboration really demonstrates our capabilities for making bespoke solutions for our customers. We can make endless configurations within sound and design, and we are excited to show our customers more of that in future collaborations, projects, and products. Working with Balenciaga has been an incredible experience and will also shape how we drive products and experiences that will disrupt the technology market in the future. – Kristian Teär, Bang & Olufsen’s CEO
Each piece in this limited-edition piece is milled from a block of solid aluminum, before being pearl-blasted, anodized and hand-polished at Bang & Olufsen’s Factory 5 in Struer, Denmark, over a period of several days for the perfect satin finish. Working with one solid block of raw aluminum allows for a continuous flow all the way from handle to base.
This bag is a testament to what happens when two very special companies with an unparalleled heritage of craftsmanship join forces. Both design teams are dedicated to excellence, and I think we together created something unique. Couture is custom, exclusive, culture creating and art of making by extremely skilled craftsmen. From our aluminum factory to Balenciaga’s atelier to an entirely remarkable product. You have to see, hear and feel it and we are so excited to show it today. – Miklu Silvanto, Bang & Olufsen’s Chief Design Officer
The front of the Balenciaga I Bang & Olufsen Speaker Bag features Bang & Olufsen’s signature portable speaker styling. Behind the aluminum body is a powerful portable speaker that provides up to 18 hours of battery life and multipoint connectivity. At the speaker bag’s rear, a door opens to showcase a sizeable compartment wrapped in Balenciaga’s Italian lambskin leather, assembled by hand. Finished with a set of controls placed under the handle, Balenciaga and Bang & Olufsen’s logos are laser etched into the top of each piece.
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