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Maria's 'Thank You' Tote Is $1,118 Cheaper Than Balenciaga's Supermarket Bag

It's by artist Lauren DiCioccio and made in San Francisco.
Lauren DiCioccio's "Thank You" tote, $32, available at

Lauren DiCioccio's "Thank You" tote, $32, available at

Demna Gvasalia is surely embracing the whole everyday-items-but-overpriced aesthetic for Balenciaga's accessories line with his latest men's collection. Made from leather and priced at a cool $1,150, the new handbag, currently available for pre-order, was inspired by the plastic bags you'd end up hoarding from supermarkets. But I've got a hot tip for you: You can get an even cheaper — and, in my opinion, cuter — version for just $32.

Artist Lauren DiCioccio created her own shopping tote from sturdy, washable taffeta and machine-embroidered it with the signature "Thank You" graphic that you usually find on plastic bags stocked at your local grocery or bodega. DiCioccio was inspired by the 2007 city-wide plastic bag ban in San Francisco, where she's based. The West Coast city was the first to implement such a rule in the U.S., and, judging from the contents of my kitchen drawer, a lot more cities should probably follow its lead, too. Until then, I plan on carrying this bag around New York City to spread the word.

Lauren DiCioccio's "Thank You" tote, $32, available at

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