The only bag to carry right now? It’s a Birkin basket. But don’t worry, it doesn’t come with an Hermès price tag…
How to introduce the Jane Birkin basket? Well, Jane Birkin is the woman Alexa Chung calls her style icon and she also has one of the most famous handbags of all time named after her (as well as the very one of which we speak), so you could say that she knows a thing or two when it comes to, well, anything style-related.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Jane Birkin’s work (and by work we mean idyllic, effortlessly cool photographs of her floating around France in the 1970s) we’d suggest a quick Google, which will undoubtedly result in a deep dive of epic proportions, so alluring are said images.
And you might notice that in almost every picture, Jane is carrying a straw basket as her handbag. In fact, it was only when her beloved basket broke that she appealed to Hermès for a new bag and thus the Birkin was born.
But anyway, back to the Jane Birkin basket. Straw bags have undoubtedly been big news this summer (what Brexit?) but recently we’ve spied a whole army of babes rocking this very specific style.
Slightly rounded in shape and with a top handle (not to mention a handy lid) this bad boy isn’t just for holidays; we happen to love it with jeans, a slouchy tee and plimsolls, too.
Fashion insiders have been buying theirs from Blooming Dreamer as well as from Insta-brand @Janebirkinbasket, which only takes orders via private messages on Instagram, but we’ve also found some great options on Etsy (like this one from Space Rocket Store).
Instagram seems to be a good place to find these baskets. Another brand, called simply @thebirkinbasket is based in Portugal and also takes orders via private message on the social media platform. Founded by Helena Coelho, it focuses on the history behind the baskets.
“The story of the “Jane Birkin Basket” started here, in a tiny region of Portugal where men and women made them to carry fish, olives, almonds and, with the smaller version, to take lunch to their children,” Helena tells us.
“Creating them is an art, which is very nearly extinct and very few artisans make these baskets today. That makes this basket a very hard product to find. Our baskets are made in the same way as they were in the old days. Nothing has changed; they are still created by a family with a proud tradition of continuing this art in this small region of Portugal that we love so much.”
Trust us when we say a Jane Birkin basket will make you feel chic in an old-Hollywood, picnic pin-up sort of way. Well, let’s be honest: it’ll make you feel like Jane Birkin. Sold.