Founder Cristobal Balenciaga was a Spanish designer who established the brand famously known by his last name, in his home country exactly 100 years ago, 1914. However, when the Spanish civil war broke out, he was forced to close his stores in Spain and he eventually moved to the fashion capital of the world. Today, Balenciaga is considered a high-end French brand and has branched out from designer dresses to accessories. It’s perhaps most well-known now for its line of handbags, which are motorcycle-inspired in design. Famously called the “Lariat,” many celebrities like Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan have been seen sporting the bag, which comes in a whole spectrum of colors. The famous logo of two Bs back to back distinguishes the brand from all others, but is not placed in obvious parts of the bag. It’s subtly placed in the in-seams, spelling low-profile and class.