Towards the end of Nicolas Ghesquière's tenure at Balenciaga, the house's long-time creative director introduced several new handbag styles, a few of which he debuted for Pre-Spring 2012 (in a show that took place in July 2011). This is a noteworthy move, certainly, considering Balenciaga's city/motorcycle bags were one of the generation's most sought-after "it" bags. So, while Alexander Wang and his team have descended upon the Paris-based brand, changes are obviously taking place; it seems one Ghesquière for Balenciaga style is not going away just yet, as indicated by the design patent the house has just received for the "ornamental design for a handbag." Thanks to a heads up from our go-to design patent expert, Balenciaga was awarded a patent design for a shoulder bag (see it after break), which, according to the USPTO's records, was filed for on May 21, 2012 (prior to Ghesquière's departure in late November 2012), and invented by Isabelle Guichot, Balenciaga's Président & CEO.
Considering that the design patent process is relatively time-consuming and expensive, it seems that by seeking such protection, Balenciaga has plans to continue to offer this style (and/or elements of this style) bag for sale. So, for the die-hard Ghesquière fans out there, who want to ditch the motorcycle bag for awhile, this is the bag for you.