Basketry is all the rage right now on runways and in stylish homes.

Basketry is having a moment, from woven shoppers straight out of a Provençal market to boho luxe bucket bags as seen on the SS20 runways to colourful homeware designs created by artisan co-operatives around the globe. The humble basket is perfect for beach days, but we also love them at home for stylishly disguising kids’ toys or even for the front of your bike (Insta-cliché bunch of flowers optional). Wherever you use yours, we’ve drawn up a list of ten of our favourites from around the web, using everything from raffia to willow, sisal and recycled plastic.

Massimo Dutti

Leather And Raffia Basket Bag, £119


The mix of these two materials – tobacco-coloured leather and natural, woven raffia – is beautiful. A simple bucket shape, it’s the perfect tardis bag for summer days out. A classic that will be a perennial summer staple for years to come.

AAKS at HADEDA

Hana Pom-Pom Bag, £150


Woven by a co-operative of women in rural Ghana, AAKS raffia bags are the perfect mix of modern design and authentic, heritage craftsmanship. The Hana Pom-Pom Bag in soft pink and yellow packs a joyful pop of colour. Pair with boho maxi dresses and cool linens this summer.

Rae Feather

Martha Pom-Pom Basket, £120


Rae Feather’s range of smart monogram baskets will ensure you never lose sight of yours on the beach. We love this rainbow pom-pom version, with smart initials hand-painted to order.

Cesta Collective

Party Pail Silk-Tasselled Sisal Basket Bag, now £172


If you’re looking for a less rustic, more luxe woven accessory, this baby blue number from Cesta Collective – brilliantly called the ‘Party Pail’ – has got your name on it. Woven by female artisans in Rwanda from organic vegetable-dyed sisal and finished with a silk tassel, it’s the perfect foil for this season’s prairie dresses, for whimsical summer styling.

Gucci

Marmont Shoulder Bag, £1420


If you’re looking for a blow-out buy, the seasonal update of the Gucci Marmont bag in tonal raffia with woven leather detailing is indeed a hefty investment, but what a beauty it is. With the signature interlocking gold ‘GG’ and intricate floral design, it is summer in a handbag.

Mowgs

Woven Recycled Plastic Bike Basket, £37.50


Ethically hand woven in Burma from recycled plastic packing tape, each bike basket from Mowgs comes in a unique colourway. Complete with upcycled leather straps it’s designed to be attached to bike racks as a pannier, or to the handlebars as a basket. Either way, a stylish addition to your two-wheel adventures this summer. We initially found these on Trouva but they have now sold out. Visit Mowgs' own website to check stockists.

Wovenology

Moses Baskets, £150


Wovenology’s woven Moses Baskets make the perfect new baby present. Each is woven from supple, sustainably harvested elephant grass and finished with leather handles, making a beautiful, future heirloom addition to any style-conscious home.

Anthropologie

Wine And Bread Basket, £68


Anthropologie has got all the essentials covered with its wine and bread basket. With slots for two bottles no less, there’s a hinged section to keep your lockdown sourdough safe, and even space for a hunk of cheese. Even if it’s only in your back garden, you can be sure to picnic in style this summer.

Anne Marie O’Sullivan

Kindling Basket, £460


If you’re looking for a timeless addition for your fireplace, Anne Marie O’Sullivan’s classic willow kindling basket with hazelwood handle is a true artisan investment. The pleasing curve of the hand-woven basket will store ample fireside supplies, neatly and out of sight.

La Basketry

Large Diamond Basket, £88


If you prefer a cleaner, more Scandi style, La Basketry has a range of pastel and white baskets, trays and bowls. Great for plants, laundry and to create the 2020 interiors trend of the ‘basket wall’. Need some tips, or tempted to try your hand at your own woven wonders? La Basketry founder, Tabara N’Diaye has written ‘Baskets’, featuring sixteen projects, from plant hangers to tablemat, basket and bags.

By Lydia Mansi
June 2020

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