Bang & Olufsen unveils a ”new concept for listening” with Balenciaga at Paris Couture Week
Crafted to resemble the sculptural form of Balenciaga’s handbags, the speaker bag is a fully functional bag and portable speaker.
By JOHAN MAGNUSSON
July 08, 2022
At Balenciaga’s 51st Couture show in Paris, the models carried a collab piece that combines the worlds of fashion and technology along the catwalk. The Balenciaga I Bang & Olufsen Speaker Bag is a limited edition milled from solid aluminium which is then pearl-blasted, anodized, and hand-polished for several days at Bang & Olufsen’s factory in Stuer, Denmark, to get the perfect satin finish. Behind the avant-garde design lays a powerful portable speaker, offering up to 18 hours of battery life and multipoint connectivity.
— This collaboration really demonstrates that we can make endless configurations within sound and design, and we are excited to show our customers more of that in future collaborations, projects, and products. Working with Balenciaga will also shape how we drive products and experiences that will disrupt the technology market in the future, says Bang & Olufsen’s CEO Kristian Teär.
— This bag is a testament to what happens when two very special companies with an unparalleled heritage of craftsmanship join forces. Both design teams are dedicated to excellence, and I think we together created something unique, Miklu Silvanto, chief design officer, adds.
20 editions of the speaker bag will be available to purchase at the newly opened Balenciaga Couture store in Paris.