Balenciaga’s R82,000 tape bracelet sparks controversy

Balenciaga’s R82,000 tape bracelet sparks controversy

Another high-fashion flop that has raised eyebrows 

Balenciaga tape
Balenciaga tape / X

High-fashion comes at a price. It is usual for the powerhouse brand, Balenciaga, to come out with a jaw-dropping fashion statement, but very rarely is it an everyday object that you can buy when going stationery shopping. 

Recently, a tape bracelet has sparked controversy online and many users claim that they may have “gone too far".

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Balenciaga faces criticism over the sale of its 'Gaffer Bangle', a clear plastic bracelet tape priced at over R82,000. This oversized transparent tape roll, adorned with a 'Balenciaga Adhesive — Made in France' label, has drawn attention for its resemblance to ordinary tape despite its extravagant cost.

Take a look at the tape that sparked this online debate: 

Here are some more reactions from online users: 

  • “Balenciaga may be the most current brand marketing its luxury goods with the “aesthetics” of poverty and suffering – but it’s not the only one.”
  • “This is the hottest accessory for spring, the Balenciaga tape bracelet. Will you be wearing it and showing all of your friends how fashionable (and rich) you are?”
  • “Yeah, Balenciaga is definitely laughing their minds off managing to convince people to by a tape bracelet.”

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Stay tuned for more, we will bring you the latest on this developing story at East Coast Radio. 



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