“I couldn’t miss an opportunity to make the most expensive trash bag in the world, because who doesn’t love a fashion scandal?” Demna said.
Balenciaga is known for their extremely expensive and outrageously designed accessories, which are sure to keep everyone on their toes. The high-end fashion label certainly understands how to push the boundaries and spark conversation, whether it’s with torn-up shoes or crocs in heels.
Following this pattern, Balenciaga recently made its “Trash Pouch” available for purchase, months after it was first shown at the Winter 2022 show under creative director Demna Gvasalia. It costs $1,790 or €1,400 and is available via the brand’s boutiques and websites. It was inspired by a waste bag.
The Trash Pouch is available in four color combinations: white and red, black, blue and black, and yellow and black. It is made of calfskin leather with a glossy coating. Everything in the bag, including the interior and drawstrings, is made of calfskin. According to Hypebeast, “the accessory has a tiny layer added to give it an irregular shininess, simulating the glossy black bags you line your bins with, while discreet branding is printed across the front.
Talking about the bags, Demna told Women’s Wear Daily, “I couldn’t miss an opportunity to make the most expensive trash bag in the world, because who doesn’t love a fashion scandal?”
In order to highlight the hardship of Ukrainian refugees and demonstrate solidarity with them in the face of the ongoing Russian invasion, the design was shown in a dramatic exhibition in March of this year in which models walked with the bags in the middle of an indoor blizzard . As was to be expected, consumers expressed their confusion over the style and price of the fashion brand’s new bag on social media.
A user tweeted: “High fashion is a joke at this point. Balenciaga made a ‘trash bag’ pouch going for $1790. Is this world real?”
Balenciaga has a trash bag for sale for $1795. I think designer fashion is a morbid social experiment.
— AT (@primediscussion) July 29, 2022
“I’m convinced Balenciaga is a social experiment because there is no way they are charging 1.8K for a trash bag?” another user wrote.
Balenciaga is the most disrespectful, funny brand ever. They really be trying it and people buy it man. I know that creative director is 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
A user wrote, “A trash bag purse – @BALENCIAGA deliberately sells ultra expensive signals of low status. The rich buy them to differentiate themselves from the middle class, who are afraid to wear them for fear of being mistaken for low class.”
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