Balenciaga just dropped a giant, $2,145 blue leather bag, and while that fact alone isn’t newsworthy, people have been noticing that it bears a striking resemblance to another, more ubiquitous tote of similar color and size. You know, the ones you can buy for 99 cents at IKEA and then use for the rest of your young adult life to haul your wardrobe to and from the laundromat. Granted, IKEA’s is made from freakishly sturdy plastic and features the Swedish brand’s logo in yellow along the straps, while Balenciaga’s is rendered in a sumptuous glazed leather sans embellishment, but the resemblance is otherwise uncanny.
So uncanny, in fact, that the Today Show reached out to IKEA to see how they felt about having their iconic Frakta tote gussied up and sold for more than most of the things available in their stores. Interestingly, the purveyors of both affordable Scandinavian design and delicious meatballs seem to be taking it all in stride: “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!” So there you have it, folks. No intellectual property lawsuits here. But, of course, Twitter is having a field day.
Go home Balenciaga, you're drunk.
The IKEA bag is too iconic to imitate ?? pic.twitter.com/BtMTHmHtCM
— Leigh Travers (@LeighTravers) April 19, 2017
It’s not the first time that Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia, advanced fashion troll that he is, has drawn inspiration from humble shopping vessels. You may recall that last summer’s It bag was the brand’s “Bazar” tote, which was essentially just a similarly fancied-up version of traditional Thai laundry bags that typically retail for about $2. And while it’s hard to justify dropping two grand on something that’s essentially a punchline, at least you already know you can fit half your wardrobe inside this thing.
you vs the guy she told you not to worry about pic.twitter.com/FPO6Gwybei
— Chris (@amandalepwhore) April 7, 2017