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IKEA's Hilarious Response to Balenciaga Copying Its 99-Cent Shopping Bag

Balenciaga's blue bag costs $2,145.
IMAGE Ikea / Balenciaga
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The world of fashion is baffling. Now the designers behind fashion house Balenciaga have added even more confusion to the mix by coming up with a new leather bag that looks very similar to Ikea’s famous blue shopping tote.

The striking similarities have caught the world’s attention. The main difference between the two bags? One costs $2,145, while the other is a mere 99 cents.


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Making light of the comedic turn of events, Swedish brand Ikea tapped its agency partner, Acne, to create the perfect response to the design lookalike—no doubt turning the issue into a massive marketing opportunity for both brands. The print ad with the help of social media cited how customers can distinguish an original Ikea Frakta bag from a fake one.


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While the text may be too tiny to read, the print ad says:

How to identify an original Ikea Frakta bag:

1. Shake it. If it rustles, it’s the real deal.
2. 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.

A representative for Ikea tells TodayWe 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!”

No harm was done on Balenciaga’s part. Now the $2,000 question, which of the two will shoppers go for?

h/t: AdWeek

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