And I said to myself, "Outremer? Isn't that a really popular, hard-to-find Balenciaga color??
In fact, Outremer, which means "across the sea" in French, is also used to refer to the states created long ago in the current locations of Israel, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon by the First Crusaders, beginning in 1098.
It is also used today in France as the name of their government department which handles their French-administered territories ouside of the European continent such as Martinique and French Guiana. Maybe the name was chosen because the blue is so vivid and intense that it calls to mind the depth of the sea and the vibrancy of the places you reach after crossing the sea.
I like how a Balenciaga bag has now taught me something about the fascinating topics connected to this one word, Outremer.