Does the new Balenciaga bag look familiar? (Think IKEA!)

Jill Holtz

May 1, 2017

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Luxury designer brand Balenciaga recently unveiled their new extra large tote bag. If you’ve ever shopped at a certain large Swedish home retailer, then we think you’ll agree it looks familiar!

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The Balenciaga Arena Tote Bag retails at around $2000. While the IKEA Frakta bag costs $0.99. Spot the difference!

balenciaga arena tote bag

Balenciaga hasn’t publicly responded to the controversy, but Ikea doesn’t seem to be too bothered. A company spokesperson told Today, “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!”

IKEA have also released an ad about their Frakta bag.

IKEA Balenciaga Response Ad

In case the text is a bit tiny here’s what it says

How to identify an original Ikea Frakta bag

  1. Shake it. If it rustles, it’s the real deal.
  2. Multifunctional. It can carry hockey gear, bricks, and even water.
  3. Throw it in the dirt. A true Frakta is simply rinsed off with a garden hose when dirty.
  4. Fold it. Are you able to fold it to the size of a small purse? If the answer is yes, congratulations.
  5. Look inside. The original has an authentic Ikea tag.
  6. Price tag. Only $0.99.

Over to you now. What do you think of the two bags? Pretty similar? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Published On: May 1st, 2017 / Categories: For Parents / Last Updated: January 14th, 2022 /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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