Since we’re on the subject of ridiculously overpriced shit for the rich…
Balenciaga has finally made a bag for the richies who want that fresh “just coming from Ikea” look, but don’t want to taint their $3,300 calfskin leather jacket with disgusting polyester straps! Balenciaga’s $2,145 (or 7 Klippan loveseats in Ikea currency) Arena shopping tote looks like Ikea’s 99 cent FRAKTA bag. Well, if Ikea’s 99 cent FRAKTA bag married a rich plastic surgeon, got its plastic skin replaced with fine leather skin, started speaking in a snobby accent and held its nose up to the Swedish meatballs it used to eat. Balenciaga’s Arena bag is basically a new money FRAKTA bag.
Today asked Ikea for their thoughts on Balenciaga doing a rich bitch version of their legendary cheap shopping bag, and they’re not mad at all.
“We are extremely flattered to seemingly be an inspiration for the latest catwalk designs for Balenciaga. Our IKEA Frakta tote is one of our most iconic products which are already owned and loved by millions – now the many people truly can get the designer look for less.”
Designers doing luxurious versions of cheap stuff isn’t new, and Balenciaga did it with a few of their bags this year.
You know those bags that the comforter or sheets come in at Bed Bath & Beyond or Macy’s? My abuelita would use those bags as luggage. Well, Balenciaga made a $3,670 version of that.
And you know those Mexican market bags you can use to carry groceries or laundry? Balenciaga did a $2,550 version of that.
I, for one, can’t wait until Balenciaga does a $4,500 version of the wrinkled-up brown paper bag some of us are going to drink Thunderbird vodka out of in between selling our ass under a bridge after spending all our money on $2,145 bags and $400 juicers.