In case you missed the memo, basket handbags woven from straw or jute are where it’s at this summer. Quite fitting, no? Just like, say, flip-flops and espadrilles, pop jewellery, and sun hats, bikinis and bronzers, tank tops and bralettes… basket bags scream summer done well. And, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill picnic baskets or beach bags.
Not only do they look stunning, they also score high on functionality. Basket bags won’t get scratched, discoloured, lose their form or shape, and are perhaps the most durable style in handbags that’s great day-to-night wear, shopping and chores included.
Top fashion houses like Ted Baker, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sonia Rykiel, Michael Kors, and Saint Laurent have also given their nod. They’ve taken on the basket bag to elevate it to a high fashion summer accessory.
As for the blogger community, the handbag reminiscent of Jane Birkin and Brigette Bardot is all over Instagram with some of the biggest fashion bloggers using it to make a style statement too.
Now, while they were toting around the basket bag in conventional shapes earlier this year, more interesting versions have been released as designers play with the structure, details, contrasting fabrics, and metal hardware to snazz up this summer staple.
So while it’s not unusual to find a tote, clutch, crossbody, or satchel made from the same straw weave, if you’re looking for the space and durability a basket bag has to offer but still want an upgraded design, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve put together some of our favourite unique basket bags that you’re sure to love. Hurry up and shop away; they’re selling out fast.
Ermanno Scervino Woven Cat Motif Tote, £1,570
Sensi Studio Woven Toquilla Straw Tote, £100
Sonia By Sonia Rykiel Woven Floral Tote, £255
Mark Cross Woven Shoulder Bag, £2,284
Serpui Woven Raffia Tote Bag, £157
Sonia Rykiel Woven Leather Bag, £1,059