10 must-have basket bags for a breezy summer

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Basket bags have been a fashion trend that has stuck around for quite some time, and it shows no signs of fading away. Reminiscent of a beach holiday (oh, the wanderlust), basket bags are the usual go-to during summer months – and year-round – due to their relaxed appeal and versatility. We list out 10 of our favourites to take you from city to seaside and everywhere in between.

Large Celine Classic Panier in Raffia

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The classic raffia basket gets an artistic makeover by Celine with the help of Brooklyn-born artist, David Kramer. The front side of the basket bag is embroidered with a picturesque seascape and the quote, “It doesn’t get better than this,” while the bag handles are crafted from braided cotton. 

Available on Celine

Danse Lente Small Tote

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Danse Lente’s elevated shopper bag is the ideal basket bag for you if you’re looking for something that works just as well at the beach as it does at the office. This sleek-in-structure basket bag features a leather upper and a raffia base, and even has a hidden shoulder strap if you want to stay hands-free. 

Available in Danse Lente

Beach Daze Classic Patharia Tote

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Thai label Beach Daze uses traditional techniques by local female artisans in the creation of their bags. These totes incorporate natural and black dyed straw for the exterior, a canvas fabric lining and can be customised with your initials in cowrie shells. Style yours with a breezy summer frock and dress for the summer holiday you wish you were on. 

Available on Beach Daze

Saint Laurent Uptown Small Tote in Braided Raffia

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A small, lightweight shoulder bag is ideal for the summer months, and this raffia and leather one by Saint Laurent is the perfect mix of seaside casual and easy elegance. The shoulder strap is detachable and the front pocket also features a removable envelope clutch; two for the price of one – am I right?

Available on Saint Laurent

Loewe + Paula’s Ibiza Large Smiley Basket Bag

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In times like these, adding a cheerful element to your #OOTD might just be the thing to lift your spirits. This large Loewe basket bag, crafted from palm leaf and calfskin, is a great way to put a smile on your face. What’s more – Loewe will donate 40 euros of every Paula’s Ibiza product sold to charities for children impacted by COVID-19.

Available on LOEWE

Chanel Rattan Vanity Case

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While this bag may not technically be a basket in shape, Chanel’s raffia and leather interpretation of a mini vanity case is quickly becoming one of the brand’s most covetable bag styles. Style it with wide-legged trousers and a blouse or a summer dress – there’s really no wrong way to style this bag. 

Available on Chanel (larger selection in-store)

Ines Bressand N.17 Straw Basket Bag

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French accessories designer Ines Bressand is known for her unique shapes when it comes to straw bags, and her creations are all handcrafted in Ghana from elephant grass straw and leather. This one, inspired by an amphora from Ancient Greece, caught our eye. Pair with a floor-sweeping summer dress for a special occasion.

Available on Matches Fashion

Fendi Mon Tresor Raffia Mini Bag

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When it comes to accessories lately, it seems like the smaller the bag, the bigger the statement. So, this little drawstring mini bag from Fendi will certainly be making headlines. Crafted from woven brown and beige raffia with the house’s signature FF motif, this bag will go just as well with a summer dress or soft, linen tailoring. 

Available on Fendi

Prada Raffia and Leather Tote

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If you’re the type to carry a lot with you during the day, this Prada tote may be a more practical option. This tote is woven with refined crochet techniques, featuring a removable name tag and keychain, discreet Prada triangle logo in leather as well as leather pouches inside so your belongings stay organised. 

Available on Prada

Loewe + Paula’s Ibiza Tote

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Styles from Loewe’s annual summer collaboration with Paula’s Ibiza have quickly become cult classics for their bohemian ease. Soak up the sun and take a trip out to the outlying islands with this tote in oceanic tones. This lightweight tote is guaranteed to fit all your seaside essentials.

Available on Net-a-Porter

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