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Balenciaga Introduces “World’s Most Expensive Trash Bag” For 1.4 Lakh Rupees

balenciaga trash pouch
Balenciaga’s newest Trash Pouch, inspired by a garbage bag, is being sold at the hefty price of 1,790 dollars. The Trash Pouch is made out of calfskin leather and made its debut in the Fall 2022 ready-to-wear collection in March. None of what you read above is fiction, by the way.

The fashion house Balenciaga described its Trash Pouch as the “world’s most expensive trash bag”, and indeed it is, rounding up to 140,000 rupees.

Trash Pouch debuted in the Fall 2022 ready-to-wear collection with models walking down a runway amidst an indoor snow storm as they clutched onto the bag.

Creative director Demna Gvasalia revealed in an interview that he was inspired by his upbringing in Georgia for his surreal show, marking the Trash Pouch’s debut. He and his family had fled the country’s civil war in 1993. Gvasalia said that after fleeing from Georgia, he became a “forever refugee”.

The show also aimed to deliver a message of solidarity to the Ukrainian families that were fleeing the ongoing Russian invasion. He said that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine reminded him of the past trauma of being forced to flee.

In the interview, Gvasalia added, “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 Trash Pouch

Netizens were quick to express their confusion and amusement about the Trash Pouch. A Twitter user quipped, “If you don’t see the beauty in the Balenciaga trash bag you just don’t understand fashion. It only costs $1,790.”

Another user posted a picture of herself posing while holding a bag of Basmati Rice and wrote, “If Balenciaga can make trash bags then I can rock a rice bag period!” Another user deemed the bag a “morbid social experiment”.

Balenciaga Scandal

The Balenciaga Trash Pouch is not the first product by the luxury fashion house to spark outrage. Earlier this year, the Balenciaga sneakers that were already torn and dirty were introduces to the market at a whopping cost of 1,850 dollars (145,000 rupees). Social media obviously had a field day with the sneakers.

The heavily distressed sneakers were designed to look “destroyed” to bring attention to fashion’s role in environmental degradation. People responded to the shoes and described them as “way too ugly to be used to spread awareness”.

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