Heat calls for summer-appropriate accessories and the basket bag has became a holiday wardrobe staple. Whether for a brunch date, for lounging by the poolside, or for a trip to the French market, a sun-bleached straw shopper or a wicker hand-held basket is a failsafe style option for all occasions.
Styles range from luxury leather weaves by Dragon Diffusion through to vintage-inspired straw from the likes of Jane Birkin Basket and the retail success Ark Bamboo bag by Cult Gaia, and it’s safe to say these handbags have officially blown up.
Baskets can completely transform your overall look! In seconds flat, thanks to the adorable little picnic-esque carryall hanging from your fingertips, you can become the coolest and most forward girl in the room.
Craig Wright is the designer of this brand that specialises in luxury handwoven leather bags. His basket-inspired bags are handmade in India using a variety of traditional techniques drawn from wicker and reed craft to create a more luxurious and durable city-ready alternative to summer’s must-have straw bag.
Dragon Diffusion small triple jump tote bag, $280, available at J.Crew.
Monica Arbelaez and Juliana Quintero are the duo behind the Colombian brand Palma Canaria. Their beautiful pieces are all handcrafted in natural iraca palm fiber by Colombian artisans and are a refreshing alternative for those who want classic yet fun pieces. They include in their designs fun words and inspiring poetry passages as well as figures such was lemons, flamingos, watermelons, crabs and other tropical elements.
Palma Canaria Carm Handbag, $120, available at by Malka.
Cult Gaia Small Bamboo Ark Bag, $125, available at Moda Operandi.
The basket was Jane Birkin’s signature style. She carried it everywhere and wore it with everything. Woven from natural straw and casually hanging from her arm, Jane Birkin was photographed prolifically throughtout the 70’s whether it be for afternoons by the beach or black tie dinners for Cannes Film Festival. Bonjour Coco baskets are hand made in Portugal by an older generation and take up to 3 days to make each one. It is an art that has been slowly dying due to very few artisans making these baskets but the brand supports and works directly with the local craftsmen to keep this beautiful tradition alive.
Bonjour Coco Basket, $225, available at Bonjour Coco.