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Published on April 22nd, 2017 | by Jules Yap


Hold on to your FRAKTA blue bags. It’s high fashion.

I did a double take when I saw this on my news feed. Balenciaga, the French luxury brand has just released a new bag that looks almost identical to IKEA’s iconic blue carry-all. The color, size and handles are almost the same. The difference? The material — it’s made from wrinkled, glazed leather, it’s lined, it has a zipper and of course, major difference — the price tag. $2,145 at Barney’s. That’s a lot of FRAKTAs. I’m guessing Balenciaga is just trying to have some IKEA hacking fun.




Does lugging the IKEA FRAKTA feel more chic now?

It’s not the first time the French brand has taken inspiration from odd places. A year ago, they released this colourful shopping bag, reminiscent of grocery bags commonly found in many parts of Asia.

balenciaga market bag


And earlier this year, the blanket bag. Really, Balenciaga?

Balenciaga's blanket tote

Photo: www.barneys.com

That aside, IKEA in collaboration with Hay, is giving the blue bag a makeover.

IKEA blue bags madeover by HAY IKEA HAY blue bag


Photo: www.mnn.com

It’s definitely more subtle, with the deep shade of green and the omission of the IKEA logo from the straps. But I still kinda prefer the old one, I like to carry it loud and proud. What do you think? Do you like the new “blue” bag?

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

2 Responses to Hold on to your FRAKTA blue bags. It’s high fashion.

  1. Stella says:

    The Frakta-makeover was announced last year. I think it very queer to change such a well known and logo-like bag for just a gray one. Is Ikea leaving the yellow and blue? Do we get a new Ikea style? They better upgrade the quality of the products after years of degrading.

    Remember the Swedish folk-dress made of yellow and blue Frakta-bags. All the other recognisable Frakta-hacks were great and a plus for Ikea.

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