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)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)