Balenciaga was founded in 1918 by Cristobal Balenciaga, a Spanish Basque fashion designer. His first haute couture boutique was opened in San Sebastián, Spain, the same year. Strong local admiration for his designs led to the opening of a second and a third haute couture boutique, respectively in Madrid and Barcelona.  In 1946 Balenciaga created its first fragrance and now 4 are available in New Zealand - Balenciaga Paris, Balenciaga Florabotanica, Balenciaga B and Balenciaga B. Skin