(PCM) If high-end fashion designer Balenciaga thinks that people didn’t take notice of just how strikingly similar their $2,145 Balenciaga Arena Extra-Large Shopping Tote looks to everyone’s favorite $0.99 blue IKEA shopping tote then they are wrong. In fact, the Swedish furniture retailer even claims to be “flattered” by the uncanny resemblance.
People began noting the similarities when the Balenciaga bag was recently posted on luxury retail store Barney’s website. People began sharing posts commenting on the similar designs via social media and IKEA says in a statement to NBC’s The Today Show, “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!”
Everyone knows that the wonderful Frakta IKEA tote bags can carry just about anything and everything you would ever need to transport. We must have like five of them laying around the house and have used them for everything from everyday laundry tasks to full on house moves. Something tells us that the high-end $2,145 dollar Balenciaga bag would never hold up to all that and for that price we would probably be too scared to even use it.
According to Barney’s website, the description for the bag read, “Balenciaga’s Arena extra-large shopper tote bag is constructed of blue wrinkled, glazed leather.” Wrinkled blue leather? Is that supposed to be equal to the sustainable material used in creating the IKEA bags, we think not! Paying even more homage to the IKEA bag, the Balenciaga bag featured a gold stamp at the top for the “ultimate luxury” feel, so yet again copying the idea from IKEA’s gold colored lettering.
$2,145 is way too much money to spend on any type of bag, especially when we can have the same one for only $0.99, so we will totally be sticking with our love IKEA Frakta bags for the foreseeable future. Good luck Balenciaga, hope IKEA doesn’t sue!