Remember the striped blue, green, yellow and red plastic bag that you used to pack all your shopping buys from Bangkok to lug home? It can now pass off as a Balenciaga bag.
The fashion brand just showcased their Fall Winter 16 runway and the familiar bag made an appearance on a model’s shoulder, which made us do a double take. Wait, what?
Yes, the bag that probably cost you less than 100 baht ($3.90), and is also used by wholesale sellers to store their goods.
So, is it blatant copying on Balenciaga’s part?
Coconuts Bangkok reported that a Thai official has defended the brand and said it wasn’t a copyright violation because both bags used different materials – the Thai version is made of flimsy plastic, while the Balenciaga bag looks sturdier and seems to be made from patent leather.
The prices, obviously, would differ by A LOT – the bag from the European brand is reported to cost 100 times more.
The official also assured the Thai media that the locals wouldn’t be accused of bringing a “knock-off” should they bring the bag overseas.
This is not the first time a brand has been accused of copying a plastic bag used in Asian markets. Last year, Louis Vuitton’s laundry bag was said to be a rip-off of the Chinese woven plastic bags.
Is this a sign that we should be stocking up on plastic bags?