I think every Malaysian is familiar with the FRAKTA Ikea shopping bag. It’s the bag we use to carry our little trinkets when we’re moving house, it’s the bag we bring to the Bazaar Ramadhan, it’s the bag we holster when we’re just walking around Ikea, pretending to be Zooey Deschanel or softboy Joseph Gordon Levitt in 500 Days of Summer; the bag’s purpose is truly endless.
Now, it can add another benefit to its already long list because designer, Zhijun Wang, has managed to repurpose the blue and yellow bag into a fashionable face mask.
Originally debuting in 2017, the Ikea bag face mask was once an experiment for Wang who’s known for making masks out of just about anything, mostly notably sneakers. However, since the pandemic has begged for the supply of more masks, Wang and his wife Yutong Duan, brought his creation back into the spotlight alongside a DIY tutorial for folks at home. Watch the video below.
Wang has always responded to natural calamities even before the Covid-19 pandemic. When Beijing was engulfed in heavy smog, he applied his talent of repurposing sneakers into face masks by making them look sick af (which ironically prevented the citizens from being sick af).
A respected name in the fashion industry, Wang has made fans out of known names such as Takashi Murakami, James Harden, Liam Payne and also the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in NYC. He has also collaborated with sports brands such as Nike, Reebok and Adidas.
To check out more of his intricate designs, click here.
For more fashion, choose JUICE.