Balenciaga, a high-end fashion designer that basically only the Kardashians can afford, just released a shopping tote bag for $2,145. Shocking, I know. But apparently rich people need something to spend their money on, fine. But the problem with this particular insanely expensive bag, as many people have pointed out on Twitter, is that it looks mighty familiar.
One could almost argue it's an exact replica of a bag sold by another designer. A less high-end designer, that even you and I can afford. It's called IKEA.
Who wore it better? Balenciaga or IKEA? pic.twitter.com/LCB9Qri2xN— Mikael Pawlo (@mpawlo) April 18, 2017
Oh, Balenciaga, you've tried to sell us a cheap household item branded as fashion again, you tricky minx! That bag on the right you may recognize as the $.99 oversized IKEA shopping tote you purchased that time you had to furnish an entire shoebox-sized apartment in one afternoon on a budget of $200. And now it's been rebranded as a "glazed leather and gold-stamped" luxury item.
People noticed the striking similarities, and now everyone's trolling Balenciaga on Twitter:
Balenciaga version of the IKEA's FRAKTA Shopping Bag retails $2145 pic.twitter.com/whnvJOILQU— TBlake (@therealtblake) April 20, 2017
I don't understand many hoomans. One bag costs about $3200.00 Canadian from Balenciaga and the other one is $2.00 at Ikea. pic.twitter.com/SraW5yCPdS— Lou Pine (@HRHLou) April 20, 2017
A friend just told me that this Balenciaga IKEA bag is the most apt metaphor for everything I am, and honestly, he isn't wrong. pic.twitter.com/eDlZMGwWCD— Thomas Ochoa (@TeeOcho) April 20, 2017
Even IKEA got in on the action, responding with just the right amount of shade on Instagram:
IKEA's response to Balenciaga's version of their carrier bag: pic.twitter.com/PJpRqJaFvP— Stephen Moloney (@stphnmlny) April 20, 2017
But overall, it seems the Swedish retailer is taking this fiasco far better than anyone else. "We are deeply flattered that the Balenciaga tote bag resembles the IKEA iconic sustainable blue bag for 99 cents," an IKEA spokesperson told Today. "Nothing beats the versatility of a great big blue bag."