EntertainmentBalenciaga's latest shocker. $2990 tote bags critique consumerism

Balenciaga's latest shocker. $2990 tote bags critique consumerism

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2:13 PM EDT, May 3, 2024

Balenciaga has again released a product that has shocked many with its hefty price tag. How much would a shopping bag from this iconic luxury brand set you back?

Has Balenciaga pushed the boundary once more? Renowned for its daring designs, the brand is said to offer a critique of the modern world's social, political, and environmental issues. Yet, some argue that Balenciaga is merely poking fun at our consumerist culture, enticing customers to purchase outrageously priced items such as a towel skirt or a bracelet fashioned from a roll of clear tape.

This time, the brand has turned its attention to shopping bags or tote bags, a long-favoured accessory known for their versatility and appeal. These bags are available in a range from the basic to the boutique, with some even serving as promotional giveaways. It's safe to say that many people own a collection of such bags.

Balenciaga has introduced these tote bags in two stylish designs, but with prices that might astonish you.

What's the price tag on a Balenciaga bag?

The men's version comes in two unique designs. One features a playful print with loaves of bread and grains on one side and wild fruits, including raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, on the other.

Balenciaga sells shopping bags. For this price, you can buy a used car.
Balenciaga sells shopping bags. For this price, you can buy a used car.© Balenciaga

The other design showcases a variety of green vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, leek, pepper, beans, and asparagus, balanced with strawberries on the flip side. Notably, each bag sports the Balenciaga logo against a green backdrop. Despite their resemblance to ordinary grocery bags, these products are anything but basic.

Balenciaga sells shopping bags. For this price, you can buy a used car.
Balenciaga sells shopping bags. For this price, you can buy a used car.© Balenciaga

Crafted from luxurious calfskin leather, polyester, and polyamide, these bags come equipped with an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap, aged silver-coloured hardware, and a removable carabiner. Priced at $2990, these tote bags are part of the Balenciaga Summer '24 collection and represent the pinnacle of high fashion's flirtation with everyday aesthetics.

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