Balenciaga's £1,024 shopping bag resembles those given out by Tesco

Expensive item in the bagging area: Balenciaga’s £1,024 shopping bag resembles those given out by Tesco

  • Luxury brand Balenciaga has released an homage to Tesco’s 1980s carrier bags
  • The Italian-made accessory is part of Balenciaga’s Spring 2022 collection
  • The imitation will sell for an eye-watering £925 despite the originals are free

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

So Tesco must be delighted by high fashion house Balenciaga’s £925 shopping bag – which looks exactly like one of its iconic 1980s carrier bags.

The Italian-made accessory, part of Balenciaga’s Spring 2022 collection, is made of printed paper calfskin, has a snap closure fastening and an inner zip pocket.

Balenciaga Monday Shopper against the traditional Tesco plastic shopping bag

Tesco carrier bags, once free but now subject to a 10p charge, are made from slightly less opulent polyethylene.

The nostalgic design mimicked by Balenciaga is no longer used by Tesco – instead replaced by its simplified bag for life.

Balenciaga boasts its take is a ‘modern interpretation of archetypal bag [sic]’.

The brand, founded by a Spaniard and headquartered in Paris, was previously mocked for creating a £1,365 bag similar to one sold by Ikea for 40p.

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