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Our Obsession With Ikea Has Gone Too Far: Meet The Frakta Thong

Chafing guaranteed.

Our Obsession With Ikea Has Gone Too Far: Meet The Frakta Thong
[Source Images: Ikea (bag), supermimicry/iStock (pattern)]

Ikea’s bright-blue Frakta bag might be the Swedish furniture company’s most iconic design–and for good reason. The 99-cent tote is big enough and strong enough to haul pretty much anything your two hands can carry. But our obsession with Frakta has hit peak eye roll, thanks to a $2,145 leather bag from Balenciaga that’s a spitting image of the tote and a number of fan hacks that have gone from witty to woeful recently.

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There are Frakta sneakers:

A $38 Frakta hat:

9AM PST ON THECHINATOWNMARKET.COM AND PLEASURESNOW.COM – GOOD LUCK 🙂

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A Frakta choker:

✏️IKEA choker???? #DIY4LYF #ilil #ililtokyo #ikeachoker

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A Frakta face mask:

Tailor-made for my girl @aria.duan ???? #IKEAMASK #HANDCRAFT #FRAKTA #FRAKTAMASK

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And–believe it or not–a Frakta thong:

BALENCIAGA x IKEA limited hoax thong

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Considering how uncomfortable garments made from brittle plastic are, the only solace from this design crime is the discomfort level of whoever is dense enough to don a Frakta thong. Sweat and chafing guaranteed.

H/T Dazed.

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Diana Budds is a New York–based writer covering design and the built environment.

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