If you’ve ever been to Ikea, then you’ve probably seen their popular blue tote bags for 99 cents:
However, one thing you may not have seen are the $2,145 eerily similar blue bags from Balenciaga:
— Thuy Ong ???? (@ThuyOng) April 19, 2017
In fact, the bags are so similar, people are starting to speculate if they’re the same damn thing:
Who wore it better? Balenciaga or IKEA? pic.twitter.com/LCB9Qri2xN
— Mikael Pawlo (@mpawlo) April 18, 2017
In an age of overpriced fashion trends spitting on the faces of impoverished people worldwide, Balenciaga’s elitist alternative to Ikea’s made-from-recyclable-plastic blue bags would not be a surprise.
The only substantial difference between the two totes is price—and a few tailoring difference like “glazed leather.”
Ratcheting up the price on everyday basics is nothing new for fashion brands, like the company Vetements’ which released their own version of Hanes plain white t-shirts for a whopping $740:
If the bags are, indeed, the same, then it would make Balenciaga’s version a “ripoff” in every sense of the words—financially and aesthetically.
However, Ikea doesn’t seem to mind, adopting the “imitation is the great form of flattery” motto.
“We are deeply flattered,” said an Ikea spokesperson on Thursday, “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!”