A carry-all for the warmer months, from day to night, city to market, beach to bar, The Straw Bag has gone from a practical, multi-purpose basket designed for utility in ancient times to an essential accessory for the Spring and Summer months.
I look to the 1970s for oversized straw bags for the market or picnics, straw bucket bags à la Jane Birkin, or I find more slouchy bohemian sling bag styles from the 1990s.
Brands to look for_ Straw bags are less about brands than looking for handmade, interesting weaves and unique designs.
Key decades_ 1970s and 1990s. Also 1950s for more retro shapes and wicker.
Fabrics_ Straw, cotton, raffia, paper, hemp, jute, rattan, sisal.
Colors_ Natural colors of the material.
Style notes_ Straw bags can come in all shapes and sizes so find something that you can wear everyday in the warmer months.
The silk scarf
Tied around the neck or your handbag, the Silk Scarf is as versatile as it is essential.
Worn since Ancient Roman times, is the ultimate spring/summer essential.
the leather sandal
One of the oldest forms of footwear, sandals are an essential thousands of years in the making.