The basket bag has had a good run. In fact, it’s still running. It’s on the arms of every person who’s ever dreamed a Jane-Birkin-in-the-South-of-France dream, in the sweaty palms of every hand who’d drop it all for an apertivo and on the shopping mind of those who took a while to get used to the idea that wicker or straw could replace your classic leather. I’m certainly still using mine.
But I’m also starting to get itchy about it. The spark is gone and my stomach is beginning to growl for something new. The basket-bag trend encouraged those who fell in love with it to think outside the box. Right now, a classic clutch or tote won’t do, so what’s different and special? What’s a unique stuff-holder that does more than just hold stuff? What surprises, delights and adds life? In this age of the tap-for-credits internet, what is something everyone else and their (very chic, I’m sure!) mothers don’t have?
A polished wooden sculpture might do the trick, or a black teapot with a bamboo handle. A red knit tote with tassels? Who knew the possibilities for non-bags were so vast. In fact, I wonder if my keys are in there.
Photos by Edith Young.