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Words by Alba Tarragó
April 28th, 2017

IKEA issues tongue-in-cheek response to Balenciaga’s lookalike bag 

Balenciaga has caused quite a stir again, this time as a result of a blue tote from its new collection which bears resemblance to that of an IKEA shopper bag. The lookalike bag, which costs over €1000 while IKEA’s original will set you back a mere 99c, made the internet rounds this week when the Swedish furniture store commented on the similarities between the two bags. The playful response came in the form of a poster explaining “how to identify an original IKEA Frakta bag”. Which bag would you choose?

Sofia Coppola directs a powerful and inclusive video for Calvin Klein

It seems that the fashion industry is slowly but surely starting to realise and understand the diversity of its audience and the power that holds. As a result, over recent years, it’s becoming more and more common to see models and influencers of various sizes, ages and ethnicity in fashion campaigns and walking the catwalks, albeit less regular here. Calvin Klein is one such brand who is harnessing the power of inclusivity in fashion and recently joined forces with Sofia Coppola to create a new campaign for Calvin Klein Underwear. Filmed in black and white, the film features iconic women such as Rashida Jones, Laura Harrier, Kirsten Dunst, Chase Sui and Nathalie Love. While you can’t deny that the campaign certainly lacks bodies of different sizes, it is an improvement on the many campaigns we see depicting teenage models. You can see the final piece below.

Popular SoHo food brand Dean & DeLuca lands in Brown Thomas

Here’s to all the Italian food lovers: the famous brand Dean & DeLuca has selected Dublin for its exclusive European launch, more specifically in Brown Thomas. Their popular pasta sauces and sumptuous truffle oils along with risotto kits can now be found on level three in Brown Thomas’ Grafton Street store and online at
The brand, founded in 1977, opened its flagship store in SoHo, New York and has grown into a multichannel retailer of gourmet foods, wines and kitchenware. Speaking about the Irish launch, Lisa Kageyama, the International Food & Beverage Merchant for Dean & DeLuca said, “It is wonderful that Ireland will be able to experience many of our signature products that have been long enjoyed in New York and other parts of the world”.