Upbraided style

Cash in trash either means finding money or valuables from the dump or earning by selling select disposables to junk shops for recycling.

A new “treasure” from garbage is the trash bag. The plastic bag has inspired an imitation product from fashion house Balenciaga.

Demna Gvasalia, creative director of the company, described the Trash Pouch as a “shiny drawstring bag made out of calfskin leather and emblazoned with a subtle logo,” New York Post reported.

But more than its design, the trash bag look-alike has raised eyebrows because of its price.

“I couldn’t miss an opportunity to make the most expensive trash bag in the world, because who doesn’t love a fashion scandal?” NYP quoted Gvasalia as saying.

Balenciaga sells the Trash Pouch that comes in white, blue and yellow versions at $1,790 (P99,865.89) each.

It’s not only Balenciaga that makes a killing from copies of cheap objects in what critics call “cultural appropriation.” Braiders in Boracay hogged the social media limelight for their controversial service fee.

A photo of a foreign tourist with colorful braids went viral on social lately because of its cost. Netizens considered the charge of the members of the Malay Boracay Vendors Hair Braiders Association to the parents of the girl as overpriced.

The group defended the amount of the braiding service. Association president Jomar Saan said they have a tariff for their braiding service that is posted and explained to customers, GMA News reported.

Their price ranges from P200 to P1,000.

Saan also said the girl’s braid was changed to a more complicated style, colored threads were used, more than one braider did the hair and her parents agreed to pay P16,000.

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