Balenciaga is a French luxury fashion house founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga, a Spanish designer, born in the Basque Country, Spain. He had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as “the master of us all” by Christian Dior. His bubble skirts and odd, feminine, yet ultra-modern shapes were trademarks of the house. Today Balenciaga thrives under the creative direction of Demna Gvasalia with his focus on finding beauty in the every-day and emphasis on avant-garde streetwear. Key pieces to look out for are the Speed and Race Sneakers as well as the Bazaar and Blanket bags.