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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.

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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.

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

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Photo: www.barneys.com

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

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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?