Balenciaga Creates a $2145 Version of IKEA’s $1 Tote Bag

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Mixing high-end/low-end style isn’t exactly a new concept in the fashion world, but Balenciaga has taken the aesthetic to new—and slightly ludicrous—heights: As CNN reports, the French luxury brand has designed a blue tote bag that’s drawing comparisons to IKEA’s famously inexpensive and durable 99-cent shopping bag. Their version costs $2145.

It’s unclear whether or not Balenciaga actually drew sartorial inspiration from the popular Swedish furniture retailer, but the resemblance between their “Arena” tote and IKEA’s utilitarian “Frakta” carryall is unmistakable: Both bags are oversized, crinkly, and bright blue, with both…

IKEA May Be Launching Stand-Alone Cafes

IKEA has been serving up meatballs and other Swedish classics since its first store opened in 1958. The idea is simple: If you feed people, they’ll stay longer and buy more furniture. But six decades later, the food operation has grown. For instance, IKEA is now Sweden’s biggest exporter of lingonberries. And, according to Fast Company, the company is looking for ways to take its restaurants to the next level by opening dine-in options…

IKEA Donates Doll Beds For Shelter Cats, And It’s Just Too Adorable

Until recently, kitties at the Etobicoke Humane Society in Ontario would sleep on the “cold, hard floor” – well, not anymore, cause IKEA has just donated 10 doll beds for the cats and made a $300 contribution towards the brighter future of the shelter pets. “Our floors are easy to clean but not terribly comfortable to lay on. Now cats like Catsby and Frankie have beds of their own to curl up in,” the humane society posted on Tuesday.

IKEA doesn’t sell pet furniture as such, but some people discovered that their Duktig Doll Beds are…