As any in-the-know fashion girl will tell you, Jane Birkin and the basket bag were, during a certain period of time, completely inseparable. They were tighter than a 1970s T-shirt, which means you can't talk about the basket bag trend without name-checking the actress over and over again. So when a micro-trend for these straw or wicker woven pieces made itself known on the streets earlier this year, we have been searching high and low, around each corner of the universe to find the most authentic-looking versions possible. If we're going to do Miss Birkin proud, it's only fair to put in the time and effort to get the real thing (or at least a really convincing replica).
Jane Birkin with her favourite bag in 1974.
As we started seeing the right type—structured, roomy, with a curved handle and detachable top—we tracked down the source on Instagram. Meet Little Doe, an American company founded by Chase Cohlin in 2008, specialising in unique, craft-driven accessories—like the piece in this story, the Praia Basket Bag (£267).
Camille Rowe carrying Little Doe's basket bag in Paris.
Toted by It girls—French or not—and on what appears to be a very limited basis, it's no surprise that Little Doe have repeatedly sold out and consequently restocked on this particular style.
The Praia basket bags, which are handmade in Portugal, now come in different sizes, including a more evening-friendly mini ,which leaves you with a rather major decision to make… However, should you rather shop from a UK company directly, we've also tracked down another brand called Blooming Dreamer, who offer a similarly traditional Portuguese-made style, The Birkin Basket (£120).
Shop the two key basket bags below…
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Hannah Almassi is the editor in chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was hired to launch a UK sister site and social channels, localise content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 15 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times and MatchesFashion.com, among many others.
Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy toddler and highly Instagrammable cat.