Fashion company Balenciaga is selling “distressed” festival wristbands for up to £3,700

A distressed-looking festival wristband
(Image credit: Denma)

Fashion house Balenciaga has unveiled a new range of faux-worn festival wristbands priced from £2,950 to almost £3,800.

The Balenciaga Couture “Raver Bracelet” was unveiled last week, designed to mimic the appearance of a used festival wristband after a weekend of loud music, mud and moshing.

The bracelet is available in a range of colours and comes in two distinct price ranges.

The first, hand-embroided with a sterling silver clasp, costs 3,500€ (£2,950.35).

The second, which uses metallic thread, comes in at 4,500€ (£3,793.28).

Both are available now by inquiry.

On their website, Balenciaga say of the 3,500€ option: “This hand-embroidered bracelet is using various artisanal techniques found in the Lesage archives dating back to 1850: seed stitch, drawn thread work, point de Boulogne, satin stitch, stem stitch, and front-and-back chain stitch.

“These embroidery styles, used individually or in combination, create a wide range of textures and effects, making each piece unique and intricate.”

The house’s parent company, Denma, adds on social media that each individual bracelet takes a day to make.

“This distressed version requires the skills of an artist to imbue it with a worn and aged look,” it also writes.

While these faux-festival wristbands come with a price tag of up to £3,700, general admission to Glastonbury this year was £355 with a £5 booking fee.

A wristband was included in the price, as was five days of music featuring Dua Lipa, SZA, Coldplay, Idles, Heilung, Little Sims, LCD Soundsystem, Skindred, Avril Lavigne and more.

Similarly, five-night camping tickets to Download Festival 2025 are now on sale for £299 plus booking fees.

Balenciaga went viral earlier this year for selling a bangle that resembled a roll of gaffer type. The accessory cost $3,300 USD (£2,576), according to a report by Mixmag.

Matt Mills
Contributing Editor, Metal Hammer

Louder’s resident Gojira obsessive was still at uni when he joined the team in 2017. Since then, Matt’s become a regular in Prog and Metal Hammer, at his happiest when interviewing the most forward-thinking artists heavy music can muster. He’s got bylines in The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Guitar and many others, too. When he’s not writing, you’ll probably find him skydiving, scuba diving or coasteering.