French fashion house and company

Balenciaga SAS (/bəˌlɛnsiˈɑːɡə/ bə-LEN-see-AH-gə;[1] Spanish: [balenˈθjaɣa]) is a luxury fashion company founded in 1919 by the Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga in San Sebastián, Spain. The headquarters is now in Paris, France.[2] Balenciaga closed in 1972 and was reopened under new ownership in 1986. Since 2001, the brand has been owned by the luxury group Kering.


  1. "Balenciaga". The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  2. Menkes, Suzy (2006-02-27). "Miuccia Prada: 'The mistress of us all'". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-11.