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You can never have too many basket bags!

06.02.16

A friend of mine recently asked me, “How many basket bags do you own?” I think she was half teasing, and half really wanted to know. The answer is three and each is a different size and weave. I find them perfectly lightweight with just enough structure without feeling too feminine, or literal, if we’re being totally honest. One of Audrey Hepburn’s signature accessories was a basket bag. Who knows if it was a nod to her childhood, or well known love of the countryside, but the look reflected her understated femininity. (She was one of few females icons of her time who preferred flats to heels and was always photographed on bicycles.) I especially love that Hepburn carried her wicker baskets in the winter paired with a fur coat. This particular eccentricity was quiet but statement-making. Over the years Prada, Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana have all given us their version of the basket bag, and while Hepburn carried what looks like an actual basket, I really love the leather woven offerings from accessories brand, Dragon. Kisan, the very hip store where I always discover a designer I have never heard of, on Greene Street, carries the brand. The only shop in the city I have found them in. There is surprisingly very little information to be found on the brand, but the bags, while basket inspired, are made of goat leather and woven in India. Also, in regular rotation for me are bags from the brand Muun, a more traditional basket bag line woven in Ghana with details applied at a small atelier in Paris.

Tags: Accessories / Audrey Hepburn / handbags / Italy / Rome / Shopping

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