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How to Repurpose Your Bright, Blue Ikea Bag

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Last month, Balenciaga debuted their Arena bag, made with leather, that ran for $2,145. This obscenely high pricepoint isn't exactly an anomaly for Balenciaga, but the bag bore a suspicious resemblance to IKEA’s Frakta bag that's a similar hue of blazing, Brandeis blue with mustard lettering.

أكياس إيكيا الزرقاء المصنوعة من مواد معاد تدويرها تدوم لكل العمر وتتحمل وزن حتى 25 كيلو. الورق أفضل في بعض النواحي عند إعادة التدوير إلا أنه عند التصنيع له بعض الأضرار على البيئة. لذلك، ننصحكم بأكياس إيكيا الزرقاء The blue bag is made from recyclable material. You would think paper is better for the environment than the blue bag, but paper has a lot of different set backs, plus these blue bags will last longer. They are durable, reusable and recyclable, and they can even handle 25 KGs! #SmallBlueSteps #FRAKTA #IKEAKuwait #IKEA #Kuwait #InspiredByYou

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IKEA responded in stride, simply replying that it was flattered by the pricey imitation of this iconic tote. But it followed this up with an ad that clarified how to identify an original Frakta by its defining characteristics: It rustles when handled; it cleans easily if rolled in dirt; it is merely 99 cents.

In other words, it’s much cheaper to pay homage to this design than Balenciaga’s riff. Lately, a good number of designers have taken to Instagram to showcase DIY creations that use the Frakta. IKEA itself has even joined in on the fun, encouraging others to share their creations.

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A Frakta bag can satisfy many aims, as I've recently learned through scrolling through Instagram: It can be a smock, a life vest, a snapback, a pair of high tops, a topknot-taming hair tie. If you’ve got a Frakta of your own that you’ve been itching to give renewed purpose, consider this your mood board.

Frakta, I love you.

@simonlangloisssssss and I @mariechristnefortier have created our own version of the ikea bag #frakta #ikeabag #balenciaga #socialtrend #fun🎉

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#repost @zhijunwang Tailor-made for my girl @aria.duan 👌 #IKEAMASK #HANDCRAFT #FRAKTA #FRAKTAMASK

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👍🏽 or 👎🏽 #streetwear #ikea #frakta @chinatownmarket x @pleasures.now

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@vandythepink. BEST IDEA, VEST IDEA, BEST IKEA, VEST IKEA(・・?) LINK IN BIO💙💛💙💛💙💛 #ikea #frakta

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Shopping with style! #Ikea #frakta #shoppingbag #whatthefuck

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#Ikea #Ikeafashion #ikeabag #frakta #easycardbag #balenciaga #Taiwan

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Glance at the world's many different Frakta-based creations here. What do you do with your IKEA bags? Let us know in the comments.

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