Balenciaga’s Arena bag inspired from Ikea’s tote
Balenciaga’s Arena bag goes viral on the internet after comparisons are made to IKEA’s blue tote shopper. In an interview with Today, the Swedish retailer said of the likeness: “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!”
Balenciaga’s Men’s Spring 2017 show was filled with enormous oversize bags and vibrant colors, but one item sticks out as particularly familiar with the usual visitors to the Ikea store. The cobalt-blue Arena Creased-Leather Holdall ($2,145) bag resembles a staple of this favorite affordable furniture store. This blue shopping bag from Ikea is a customer favorite for moving, storing, and even doing laundry.
The designer of this bag Demna Gvasalia frequently draws inspiration from street wear and it’s interesting that Balenciaga would reimagine the $ 1 bag in luxe leather. Now you can get in your car and drive to Ikea and pick up an almost identical bag for a mere fraction of the price.