Whether you’re jetting off to another island for a tropical holiday or finding new styles to try in sunny Singapore, you need the basket bag in your life
With Singapore’s year-round tropical weather, the basket bag is one summer trend that is welcome to stay for as long as it likes. Just like stylish sunglasses, the wicker carrier isn’t just a holiday wardrobe staple; brings on the Sunday vibes for weekend brunches, pool parties and trips to neighbouring islands. So channel your inner Jane Birkin, and bag this iconic beach style for all your essentials on-the-go.
A splash of colour makes a lot of difference, and if you’re not looking to inject colour in your clothes, perhaps invest in the bold, playful styles of Sophie Anderson. Inspired by Colombian Wayuu, the London-based designer is known for the vibrant hues and stunning patterns reflected on her hand-woven bags which are usually embellished with mini-pompoms.
Sophie Anderson, available at Net-A-Porter.
If you’re into all things wicker and saving the environment, you’ll love this bag by Stella McCartney. The high fashion label’s versatile wicker box bag is constructed out of Eco Alter Nappa coated with natural vegetable oil, and its lining is made from recycled plastics, making it super environmentally friendly and vegan (no animals were harmed in the making of this bag). A great tropical outfit accessory? Heck yes!
Stella McCartney, #02-19, The Hilton Shopping Gallery, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883, p. 6304 3576.
The Cult in ‘Cult Gaia’ is well-deserved; this is the brand that revived the basket bag obsession after all. If you fancy something out of the norm, there’s no denying that its uniquely-shaped basket bags look like they’re from the future. From handbags with modern silhouettes to a crossbody bag shaped like a pig (say what?), these stylish must-haves will give you an instant cool look in no time.
Cult Gaia, available online.
The Happy Beach
Living up to its namesake, this Singapore online store offers beachwear, including swimwear, apparel and accessories in vibrant colours. But when it comes to shopping at The Happy Beach, we can’t resist its eye-catching basket bags. Available in a variety of styles ranging from buckets to round crossbody bags with leather straps (as pictured top), its collection of basket bags are also embellished with colourful pom-poms and tassels — come on, who can say no to tassels?
The Happy Beach, available online. Having made available at Yacht 21’s The Lobby, track its next pop-up on its Instagram page (@thehappybeach).
The Slow Mode
When it comes to sustainable fashion, The Slow Mode is no stranger. Launched by Kaitie Manani (read our interview with the ever-inspirational founder here), the Hong Kong based online shopping platform offers eco-friendly, conscious goods including handcrafted basket bags and rattan crossbody bags, made from Morocco and Indonesia respectively. International delivery is free!
The Slow Mode, available online.
You’ll be spending hours on this online store — trust us. With its infinite scrolling function (both a curse and a blessing), it’s hard to exit the page without finding your next favourite basket bag. If you’re not feeling the classic roundies, why not go for one that looks like a cat (fur real)?
Soeurs.Co, available online.
Don’t ignore the obvious: this treasure trove of crafty goods is my go-to for one-of-a-kind, handcrafted basket bags. Most of the items listed are of limited amounts, which makes it great for any fashionista who’d rather not have a fashion faceoff. Plus, with sellers from all over the world, it’s really not that hard to find one up your alley.
Etsy, available online.
Go straight to the source
That shopping weekend in Bali you’ve been dreaming about? Go on, you deserve it. Besides, you’ll be able to pick up the basket bag in all shapes and sizes for a total steal at the local art markets. We spotted those beauties above in Ubud and wish we’d brought back a suitcaseful. Take us back!
Photography (top image): Basket bag by The Happy Beach. shot by Darissa Lee for Honeycombers
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