Balenciaga’s New $2,145 Bag Looks Eerily Like Ikea’s 99-Cent Tote
Balenciaga’s new creative director Demna Gvasalia — the man who brought us DHL shipping-inspired shirts, Champion-esque sweatshirts, and a velour collaboration with Juicy Couture for his cult-favorite French label Vetements — is trolling the masses again. This time, he’s offering a very expensive take on a not-so-fancy item: IKEA‘s 99-cent Frakta shopping bag.
Balenciaga’s new Arena Extra-Large Shopper Tote has a retail price of $2,145 and is made out of royal blue, wrinkled, glazed leather with small gold Balenciaga labels on the front of the bag. At 14.5 inches tall, 32.0 inches wide, and 14.0 inches deep, it is roomy enough to be a weekender or a duffel. Also, the bag bears more than a passing resemblance to those ubiquitous IKEA shopping bags.
Now you probably already own one, considering they’re just about a dollar each, are super durable, and are massive enough to lug your latest apartment purchase home.
IKEA is being a good sport about the whole thing. The Swedish retailer told Today, “We are deeply flattered that the Balenciaga tote bag resembles the IKEA iconic sustainable blue bag for 99 cents. Nothing beats the versatility of a great big blue bag!”
And naturally, Twitter is having a ball over the resemblance as well:
Karl just took boxes to the post office in his Balenciaga… I mean our giant IKEA tote
— Alison Gary (@wardrobe_oxygen) April 19, 2017
Who wore it better? Balenciaga or IKEA? pic.twitter.com/LCB9Qri2xN
— Mikael Pawlo (@mpawlo) April 18, 2017
Go home Balenciaga, you're drunk.
The IKEA bag is too iconic to imitate 💁🏼 pic.twitter.com/BtMTHmHtCM
— Leigh Travers (@LeighTravers) April 19, 2017
Lol, I think I'll stick with the Ikea bag. https://t.co/ihA6ChKZ96
— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) April 19, 2017
What do you make of all of this? Is it just one expensive joke that we’re not in on? Tweet us @BritandCo!
(h/t People; photos via IKEA, Barneys)