The understated summer staple is having a fashion moment.
By Tamara Abraham
The trend for woven basket-style bags looks set to stay for a second summer, with all manner of shapes and styles hitting stores.
Bags made from straw, rattan, jute and seagrass have existed as functional items since ancient Egypt. Their role as a fashion item began in the 1950s, according to Jill Brady, founder of the Sackrider Museum of Handbags. She told the Wall Street Journal that the understated bags were largely found in far-flung beachside destinations, and so became an unlikely status symbol for those wealthy enough to travel regularly.
Of course, Jane Birkin remains the woman most associated with the style. In the late ‘60s and ‘70s her trusty lidded basket was seen on her arm in almost every photo. It wasn’t until 1981 that a chance meeting with Hermès founder Jean-Louis Dumas resulted in the creation of the Birkin.
Jodie's edit, clockwise from left: Moreau bag, $375, Staud; Bamboo circle bag, $215, Cult Gaia at Shopbop; Aria rattan bag, $69, Boho Bags; Ashleigh bag, $115, Poolside at Moda Operandi; Lilleth bag, $198, Cult Gaia; Lolita basket, $148, Dannijo; Lindi minaudière, $525, Khokho at Matchesfashion.com.
Dannijo co-founders Danielle Snyder and Jodie Snyder-Morel have long loved woven bags, and collect second-hand and vintage pieces on their travels. “We love baskets for the beach and the city,” says Danni. “They add a touch of Jane Birkin relaxed cool to any outfit.”
A few of the sisters’ basket bag finds will be exclusively available to buy at the new Dannijo store in New York’s SoHo, each customized with unique vintage-inspired details. To get your hands on one, visit the store at 330 Hudson Street, NY 10013 or shop online here.