1950’s-inspired wicker handbags embrace spring

Wonderful wicker... handbags that embrace spring


It’s no secret that I love wicker handbags, purses adorned with natural caning, and rattan or straw totes for warm weather. My closet is filled with every size, shape, and color… yet every year, I somehow find a new favorite (or two).

But, this season, I am overwhelmingly drawn to the tiny, tightly woven “picnic” style basket bags shown above. They have such a great retro feel!

According to Collectors Weekly, “In the mid-1950s, sophisticated straw handbags appeared in southern France. Eaton Bag Company issued elegant raffia baskets, as well as trunks made of black-lacquered straw closed with a gilded lock and key. Elizabeth Arden even created a high-fashion take on a shrimp basket, outfitted with a compass in 1956.”

Although the inspiration pieces I’ve showcased are pricey, more affordable options are plentiful. Try the charming Patricia Nash Spring Basket Style Wicker Bag at Dillards, the Romina Wicker Crossbody Bag or the Ava Bamboo Handle Wicker Handbag / Satchel, both available at J. McLaughlin.

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