In 2000, at the height of the HIGHLY RECOGNIZABLE status handbag craze, Nicolas Ghesquiere 

(creative director at Balenciaga, 1997-2013) launched the now iconic Motorcycle Bag, pictured below. 

THE BALENCIAGA MOTORCYCLE BAG: NOTICE THE CYLINDRICAL SHAPE AT THE BASE OF THE STUDDED HARDWARE AND ITS REVOLUTIONARY FLATTENED TOP.

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This handbag has “inspired” countless other designs and been blatantly KNOCKED off by dozens of second-tier fashion houses. Take a stroll down any metropolitan street and you will see someone carrying a handbag with studded hardware very similar to the original Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag.

The stud detailing on the Balenciaga Motorcycle handbag was groundbreaking at the time of its conception in 2000. What differentiated Balenciaga’s studded hardware from the competition was that it is not pointy like the Valentino Rock Stud, pictured below. The Rock-Stud was indisputably inspired by the punk counterculture movement of the 1970’s.  The cylindrical Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag stud was the first one to hit the market that was completely original and round at its base and flat on the top. No other designer was doing this at the time.  A few years later Alexander Wang incorporated a rounded stud design into his handbags including the Diego, Rockie and Rocco. 

THE ORIGINAL VALENTINO ROCK-STUD: NOTICE THE SQUARE BASE OF THE ROCK-STUD AND POINTED TIP. CLEARLY INSPIRED BY THE PUNK COUNTERCULTURE MOVEMENT OF THE 1970’S. 

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This week the french based House of Balenciaga announced that it was 

filing a lawsuit

 against Steve Madden for copying their Motorcycle Bag. 

STEVE MADDEN: HANDBAG 

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It should be noted that this is not the first time that the House of Balenciaga has filed a lawsuit against Steve Madden for design infringement. In 2007 they alleged that Madden had copied the Balenciaga Lego heels designed by Pierre Hardy from the Fall 2007 collection, pictured below.

BALENCIAGA LEGO SHOE (DESIGNED BY PIERRE HARDY) 

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The original 

Balenciaga pair sold for $4,175, while the knockoffs,

 which came out in 2008, sold for $99.95, or approximately 2 percent of the original price.