Balenciaga's Latest Bag Inspiration? IKEA's Iconic 99¢ Tote

No question here, blue tote bags are in.

As spring cleaning begins, we've got our eyes trained on what's "in" and what's "out." And for everyone in the market for a new handbag, we just found you two options.

French fashion house Balenciaga just released a new leather , and it looks a little familiar. Although many shoppers of the high-end fashion brand may never set foot in an IKEA, notes that their new Arena shopper (made of blue wrinkled, glazed leather and retailing for a steep $2,145) looks a lot like IKEA's 99¢ shopping bag.

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Take a look.

balenciaga-tote bag- ikea
Barney's/ Ikea

While Balenciaga has not confirmed or denied the popular bag as inspiration, we can't help but notice the glaring similarities, down to the similar shade of blue, the extra long straps and its "shopper tote bag" description.

The bag does seem very on-brand with Creative Director vision, following the departure of in 2015. Gvasalia recently used a variety of highly saturated colors, including orange, green and this exact shade of blue, at the fashion house's showing in Paris earlier this year, according to .

Meanwhile, the FRAKTA has upped its fashion cred a bit, receiving its own high end-inspired makeover last month in collaboration with the French store . Those new designs are set to hit the U.S. market in 2018.

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