$2,145 Balenciaga ‘Arena’ Tote Inspired by 99-Cent Ikea ‘Frakta’ Shopping Bag

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High fashion brand Balenciaga is currently under fire for one of its latest bags: The Balenciaga “Arena” tote.

Shoppers were quick to point out that the blue tote looks almost identical to Ikea’s cheap plastic shopping bag. The twinning purses share the exact same bright blue shade and both also have very similar large, rectangular shape. The biggest difference? The price tag. The more luxurious “Arena” tote is priced at $2,145, while Ikea’s “Frakta” tote is only $0.99.

Several have expressed dismay with the overpriced and not-so-original Balenciaga bag. However, Ikea seems pretty cool about the situation.

“We are deeply flattered that the Balenciaga tote bag resembles the Ikea iconic sustainable blue bag for 99 cents,” the Swedish furniture store stated. “Nothing beats the versatility of a great big blue bag.”

Balenciaga Arena extra large shopper toteBalenciaga “Arena” extra large shopper tote, $2,145 at Barneys

Balenciaga Arena extra large shopper tote

IKEA Frakta bagIKEA “Frakta” bag, $0.99 at IKEA

If you were wondering what the customer reaction to this whole debacle was, don’t worry. We rounded up some of the funniest tweets on the issue for you.

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