Bal Designs is a label by the Lithuanian designer Rita Balta, based in Cologne. Her unique products (most notably the classic wallet made from a used basketball) have been exhibited at fairs such as the Tokyo Design Week (2012) and the New York Design Week (2013), and have delighted people across the world.
No more than an idea and a sewing machine
Our roots are based in Lithuania. After the Lithuanian team already won their first big titles before the Second World War, basketball really gained a special importance here during Soviet times. It was the only possible outlet to demonstrate a sense of home. Even when Lithuania became independent again, it was basketball players that first carried the country’s name out into the world.
Even today, basketball is still seen as a second religion – but old balls generally don’t find their way back into the spotlight. That should change.
Like any good success story, this one starts with no more than an idea and a sewing machine. In 2011, Rita Balta designs a small pouch from an old, broken Spalding ball: the first predecessor to the Bal Designs wallet. The idea developed quickly, and the wallets, which were initially only intended for her friends, gained in popularity. In no time, Bal Designs has become an international label, whose timeless designs have found fans from Tokyo to New York.
Designer Rita Balta comes from Vilnius and, after having lived in Vienna and Warsaw, now lives in Cologne. In 2016, she became the ambassador for the EU environmental campaign “Generation Awake”. For the young designer, this is a personal contribution to environmental protection and resource conservation.
The modern yet timeless design gives the Bal Designs wallet its distinctive unique feature. Due to its special shape the wallet creates a protective space, which keeps its content safe and offers enough room for pens, cosmetic items, glasses, charging cables or keys. Each of the Bal Designs cases is a unique item creating a new and casual, yet at the same time striking style.
The journey of every Bal Designs wallet starts on the court. After withstanding years of training, victories and losses, rain and concrete – at some point, every basketball’s time comes to an end. As a material, the rough leather provides the ideal basis for the wallet, which takes the shape of the ball and thus sits perfectly in your hand.
In spite of special industrial machines and the special needles required, the needles often break. Precision and skill are required here.
In addition, the production is time and energy intensive due to the material. Each Bal Designs wallet is a unique item and tells its own story. Furthermore, it contributes to environmental protection and resource conservation.
The perfect eyecatcher to go out with and have your valuebles safe.
An absolute pleasure to travel with, especially when relying on having your belongings at hand all the time.