Over the last few summers I’ve watched the basket frenzy grow. A few years ago I’m not sure that any of us would have really hankered after anything remotely basket like but now when a good one appears it’s greeted with “oohs, aaahs” and whoops of delight (or is that just me?!) I suppose that along with sparkly flats, lightweight fabrics, pretty dresses, floral prints and boho tops, a lovely basket signals the arrival of that one thing that we all look forward to with great anticipation – summer – and everything that goes with it, from picnics to trips to the beach.
I came across this Topshop pom pom straw tote (£25) in town last week and I could tell straight away from the response on Instagram that we were all feeling the basket love. I think that everyone is just so ready to embrace “basket season”.
Pineapples seem to be having a moment right now, appearing on everything from tops in M&S and Hush, to jewellery (again Hush) and also on this Topshop tote (£28). I put pineapples in the same category as flamingos – something that I’m really drawn to but I’m not quite sure why – hence my taking a second look at the M&S T-shirt that I’ve just mentioned, before suggesting to myself that I stepped away from it.
I also came across this woven beach bag from French Connection (£75) whilst in Selfridges today and, predictably, was attracted to its colour. In my view all baskets need a good “handle test” as some can be quite uncomfortable, particularly if they are weighed down with all manner of sneaky picnic type treats.
I’ve listed below the brands that I checked out and which don’t seem to have any baskets at the moment and instead I headed over to Etsy, thinking that some resourceful person over there would have tapped into the basket market. And I wasn’t disappointed. I love these beach baskets (from the seller Mini Market Bristol) on Etsy $35.75 with the all so important star/heart motif, which again fall in the same, ever growing category, as pineapples and flamingos. (Don’t be put off by the price being in US $ – they are UK based).
Oh and of course tassels also fall into that category too! The colours of the baskets are just fabulous and they can be obtained from Marizoli on Etsy ($41.98)
So now all I need is a basket with a pineapple, a flamingo, a heart, a star and a tassel on it and all will be well with the world.
Brands I hunted through but with no basket luck….
Hush, River Island, New Look, Atterley Road, Jigsaw, Phase Eight, Hobbs, Cath Kidston, John Lewis, Accessorise, Next, Debenhams.
PS Primark on the other hand tend to do a few each summer so they may be a good starting point.
So, are any of you feeling the basket love?!