Known in recent years for combining bohemian styling with edgy accents, Balenciaga recently upgraded its silhouettes to showcase sophisticated takes on everyday bags and objects. The versatile Turn-Lock Shoulder Bag—this month’s Must. Have. Bag.—subverts the norms of the traditional day bag, referencing this shift in the French house’s aesthetic.

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Balenciaga Turn-Lock Shoulder Bag 

The man responsible for these changes is Demna Gvasalia. Since his appointment as Creative Director in 2015, Balenciaga has undergone somewhat of a renaissance. Gvasalia is known for his pop culture references and streetwear influences, and those inspirations are reflected in the label’s recent collections. 

This is where our monthly must-have comes into play. The Turn Lock is a boxy, structured style that complements some of the more bulbous, oversized shapes Gvasalia is now known for. 

Balenciaga Turn-Lock Shoulder Bag
Balenciaga Turn-Lock Shoulder Bag 

It’s also an instant icon. Despite its slim size, the Turn-Lock offers ample storage, thanks to its three interior compartments and multiple slip pockets. The versatile shoulder strap features snap tabs, allowing it to be lengthened or shortened and worn in multiple ways. 

The focal piece on this streamlined design is the bag’s namesake turn-lock closure—a subtly chic polished-goldtone hardware detail.

Balenciaga Turn-Lock Shoulder Bag

 

What’s more, luxurious python in rich green is hands-down a collectable. It’s a fun shade that feels right for fall and beyond, securing its title as a true Must. Have. Bag.

Balenciaga Turn-Lock Shoulder Bag

 

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