5 ridiculously expensive designer items that highly resemble Asian food and fashion [PICTURES + PRICES]
You will be shocked!
Fashion trends come and go, but through it all, some items tend to leave a lasting impression. Gucci’s kurta-like garment was one such product offering that created a buzz on social media for its uncanny resemblance. Ever since then, netizens have been on the lookout for more designer products inspired by Asian fashion and household.
Here are five designer items that appear to have drawn inspiration from the most mundane Asian household objects and Asian fashion:
1. Overpriced Long Tunics inspired by Asian Shalwar Kameez
Many brands have offered designer fashion items that resemble the traditional long tunics worn by people in South Asia.
— Y (@yumnna) May 28, 2021
Gucci’s kaftan looks just like a kameez or kurta evolving in new materials and modern flowery details. However, it is being sold for $3,500. The exorbitant price tag for Gucci’s tunic (something that Asians wear every day) has attracted major mockery from social media users.
Not Zara trying to sell me a 'limited edition' cotton shalwar kameez for £90 when I could buy the material for £20 from White Abbey Road & my mum could it sew for free ??♀️ pic.twitter.com/iPqH6vaCzU
— Sabbiyah Pervez (@SabbiyahPervez) March 18, 2021
The Spanish fashion retailer Zara has also been spotted selling their spin-offs of traditional clothing. Its bright pink oversize shirt offering bears a striking resemblance to the Asian kameez.
Zara selling basically a salwar kameez yeh pic.twitter.com/0HpWK3YNmJ
— Rupinder (@RupinderKW) March 22, 2019
These designer products can be bought in South Asia for $5 with pricier ones going up to $50.
2. Round Bamboo Wall Art inspired by Asian Food Tray
High-end American furniture retailer pottery barn sells a wooden art piece made with bamboo for $299. The 42″ round bamboo wall decor item looks a lot like a bilao, a traditional woven tray Filipinos use to serve food or clean rice.
ROUND BAMBOO WALL ART IM SCREAMING pic.twitter.com/pm2DqO1Ksq
— Jpt (@zourrymilf) May 12, 2021
The similarity doesn’t seem to be lost on Pottery Barn, which called the bilao-lookalike wall art “reminiscent of the open-air market selling baskets.”
The bilao has been used as a trendy home decor item previously too. A social media user found a bilao listed as a “boho chic” rattan tray and “bohemian wall hanging rustic decor” priced at $38 in 2017.
This expensive decor item can be bought in Southeast Asia for $1 to $2.
3. Chic Designer Bags inspired by Asian Market staples
Netizens are wondering whether to describe this next product as haute couture or disposable chic. The title comes from the fact that these designer bags look a lot like the disposable plastic bag totes used to carry products in the Asian markets.
The obscenely priced 2016 collection Balenciaga Bazar Bag features bold primary colors, maximal capacity, and a glossy waterproof texture. However, it is being recognized for its similarities to a bag commonly seen in Thailand’s market stalls and budget shopping malls. Business owners use a bag like the $2,000 designer tote to pack wholesale goods.
Balenciaga came out with another market chic piece in 2017 – the Blanket Square tote, which many recognized as the doppelganger of clear plastic bags that are used to pack blankets in Asia.
After the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong, Red-White-Blue bag has been part of Hong Kongers' collective memory and used to represent some of Hong Kong's core values and beliefs. pic.twitter.com/q41MeT4xqi
— Hugh Sexey (@thomassdeweyy) March 28, 2018
Similarly, Louis Vuitton’s nylon totes from its Spring/Summer 2007 collection were notably compared to the characteristic red, white, and blue nylon canvas bag that have come to symbolize Hong Kong culture.
These designer bags can be bought in Asia for $1.
4. Rattan Furniture worth a king’s ransom that costs much less in Asia
Rattan is a popular material in Southeast Asian furniture, housing, and handicraft. New appreciation for this dying craft is spearheading a nostalgic revival, especially when brands take note.
Pottery Barn Monet Rattan Chair pic.twitter.com/FwvsKNl1Nb
— mike plambeck (@bestgoosecomf) October 22, 2019
Pottery Barn’s sells a plain handwoven rattan chain priced at over $600, which highly resembles the rocking chair version we see in Asia.
Furniture quite similar to these overpriced rattan chairs can be bought in Asia for $100 to $300 (depending on the size).
5. Designer Bags inspired by Asian food
The fashion house Bottega Veneta’s bags have often been compared to traditional Malay food called the ketupat. The ketupat is diamond-shaped pockets woven by palm leaves, containing fragrant rice cake. The designer bags by Bottega Veneta features similar square tiles woven together uniformly.
aww yeah ketupat bags from Bottega Veneta MFW SS20 collection.
with ketupat (a Malaysian compressed rice dumpling) photo for reference. pic.twitter.com/Vju3RPAo0T
— piratefsh (@piratefsh) September 23, 2019
Similarly, Jean-Paul Gaultier’s leaf bags in its Spring/Summer 2010 collection have been compared by netizens to Southeast Asians’ local leaf-wrapped dishes – pepes. It is an Indonesian cooking method that uses banana leaves to wrap food before steaming or grilling, a Filipino way of serving food in banana leaves.
Basically our lunch bag here in the Philippines. pic.twitter.com/fSZWRT1oU6
— jords (@jordsestrada) April 18, 2021
These designer bags can be bought in Southeast Asia for $1 to $2, with a side serving of food.
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