Photo-Illustration: by The Cut; Photo: Balenciaga
As anyone who has paid attention to fashion in recent years will tell you, a bag can be anything. It can be small enough to hold an atom of air or large enough to transport a toddler. A bag can be ironic, or it can be wasteful when you think it’s eco-friendly. Another thing that handbag can be a supermarket item. At least, according to Balenciaga, the brand recently introduced to the world a clutch that looks like a bag of chips. Please, what am I missing?
Appropriately, the bag debuted in a giant mud pit. Balenciaga recently held a fashion show with models wading through the mud while presenting the brand’s summer 2023 collection, which serves as a testament to who does the dry cleaning job. than a cool concept for a fashion show, but sure. Included in the showcase was this bag, a collaboration between Balenciaga and potato chips brand Lay’s. The result of this legendary mind-meeting is a series of clutches designed to look like Lay’s “Balenciaga-flavored” bags of potato chips. To be honest, they’re not very convincing replicas: there’s a very visible metal zipper, and they’re made of leather, which means they don’t get loud or uncomfortable. Like the bag of chips, however, these clutches have no handles, forcing anyone carrying them to grip them tightly in their fist.
Apparently, some people are interested in buying such an item. According to a rumor of mysterious origin, the bag will cost $1,800 when it arrives alongside the rest of Balenciaga’s summer 2023 collection. Many stores have indicated that this is about 450 times the price of a regular french fries bag, but hopefully you’re not deciding between buying a real french fries bag and a clutch. this.
Balenciaga’s creative director, Demna, famously loves to take our goofy pedestrian items and turn them into four-figure clothing pieces. He’s the man responsible for the cursed Croc heels, and most recently, he placed a $1,850 price tag on a pair of sneakers that appeared to have broken. Fashion, darling!
https://www.thecut.com/2022/10/balenciaga-potato-chip-bag.html Balenciaga Made an $1,800 Potato Chip Bag