'Homeless swank': Balenciaga slammed for selling 'world's most expensive trash bag' at $1,790
The "world's most expensive garbage bag" has been introduced by Balenciaga as the brand's new collection for Autumn/Winter 2022. The drawstring calfskin pouch in the shape of a trash bag is priced at a whopping $1,790. The price tag has created a massive commotion on the internet. Earlier in May, Gvasalia unveiled a pair of $1,850 sneakers that were damaged and filthy.
“I couldn’t miss an opportunity to make the most expensive trash bag in the world, because who doesn’t love a fashion scandal?” Balenciaga’s creative director, Demna Gvasalia, told WWD. "The pouches – resembling plastic trash bags – are made out of calfskin leather, and are offered in black, blue, yellow and white colorways. Balenciaga's logo is subtly printed on the front."
Initially unveiled in a theatrical show in March, the design was inspired by Gvasalia's Georgian heritage and featured models walking down the runway clutching their Trash Pouches in the midst of an indoor snowstorm. Additionally, the show sent a message of support to Ukrainian families who were escaping the ongoing Russian onslaught. Gvasalia, a former child refugee, claimed that the headlines "triggered the pain" for him. He, therefore, wanted the event to highlight the "victory of love and peace" and pay tribute to the victims' struggle
Meanwhile, many individuals are wondering on Twitter whether the fashion house is conducting a social experiment or is trolling the public.
"Balenciaga is the most disrespectful, funny brand ever. They really be trying it and people buy it man. I know that creative director just laughing. 'Guess what imma make these N***** buy now, a trash bag' lmaooo," one user wrote while another user suggested that it helps prevent being mugged, "Sounds like a good way to avoid getting mugged. Call it 'Homeless swank,'"
Balenciaga is the most disrespectful, funny brand ever. They really be trying it and people buy it man. I know that creative director just laughing. “Guess what imma make these Niggas buy now, a trash bag” lmaooo pic.twitter.com/mBW1KHdY07— JAYHAWKS STILL CHAMPS (@Mr_Hoova) July 29, 2022
Sounds like a good way to avoid getting mugged.— Richard Thompson 🇨🇦 (@RickyT1926) August 4, 2022
Call it "Homeless swank"
"Now I can carry everything in a normal trash bag and look rich," a user wrote, and another user replied with, "The homeless in Hollywood will blend right in." Another user convinced that Balenciaga is a social experiment wrote, "I'm convinced Balenciaga is a social experiment because there is no way they are charging 1.8K for a trash bag???"
The homeless in Hollywood will blend right in.— MAGA Crowd Honorary Member #FJB (@heymoco) August 4, 2022
I’m convinced Balenciaga is a social experiment because there is no way they are charging 1.8K for a trash bag???— Wray’s Niece 🇯🇲 (@AnoushkaReeves) July 30, 2022
A user suggested that if someone has the cash to purchase the garbage bag, they could donate instead. "If you can afford to spend $1790 on a #Balenciaga fashion accessory that looks like a trash bag, you should have enough cash in the bank to fill it up with cash and donate it to your nearest charity..."
If you can afford to spend $1790 on a #Balenciaga fashion accessory that looks like a trash bag, you should have enough cash in the bank to fill it up with cash and donate it to your nearest charity… pic.twitter.com/e8bgN3vtPl— Dino™ (@dinovdm) August 3, 2022
Following the launch, one person joked, "April, 2020: Can the world emerge from the pandemic a better place? August, 2022: Balenciaga launched a luxury trash bag that costs 1,790 dollars."
April, 2020: Can the world emerge from the pandemic a better place?— Fernando Barbella (@FLBarbella) August 3, 2022
August, 2022: Balenciaga launched a luxury trash bag that costs 1,790 dollars.
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