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No, I’m not a basket case, but I do need to make a case for owning a basket-bag.

The basket-bag, or wicker bag, is an essential summer handbag.

They aren’t just for picnics anymore. They have officially entered the realm of high-fashion.

I have several wicker handbags, but most of them are vintage. I just love the search for that one-of-a kind bag. But if you aren’t into hunting for that perfect vintage basket-bag, no worries. There are so many fabulous current styles to choose from.

I came across this Etienne Aigner bag at a neighborhood garage sale. It’s in mint condition. Oh, and if you didn’t notice, my dog, Margaux, and I are both sporting bell sleeves!


Jane Birkin, one of my favorite style icons, really started the whole basket-bag thing. Her basket, which she wore with everything, was the ultimate in Parisian cool.


This adorable black bag, which I found on Ebay, has a twin that is white with brown accents.


I found this versatile wicker bag at the Brimfield flea market in Massachusetts, which I travel to once a year. It’s a treasure trove of vintage basket-bags.

A basket-bag is definitely an accessory you want to own. So, if you don’t already have one put it on your shopping list.

They add a little twist and a little whimsy to any warm weather look. And carrying one is tres chic!

Did I make the case?


  • Tara Dillard July 7, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Been rocking basket bags for decades. Most days are a basket day. Some days are a 3 basket day, depending on what needs toting to various appointments. Have stunning collection of fabric squares to top the baskets for privacy.

    My sister told me, about 3 years ago, a woman my age was ridiculous carrying a basket. Then I saw the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire buried in a wicker coffin. New scope, yes?

    Only have a single vintage ‘basket’ purse. It’s styled like a small treasure chest, and woven with metal strips to look like wood. It is divine.

    You don’t mention how many men are a sucker for basket bags. Wish I had a dollar for every man speaking to me because of my basket. Got something for me? Did you bring brownies? What do you have in there little girl? Carrying a kitten? And, my favorite, ‘You must be a basket case.’

    Off topic, love your haircut.

    Garden & Be Well, XOT

    • 1010ParkPlace July 7, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Tara, Buried in a wicker coffin? How stylish!!! Must see if I can find more info on her. xoxox, Brenda

      • Sandra Sallin July 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm

        Yes, I was shocked when I saw that photograph. I believe the theory behind that is that it is a more natural way of being buried. Kinda of dust to dust. It all degrades. Does take some getting used to.

    • Cherie James July 7, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Why thank you Tara. I used to have long hair, cut it short after having a baby and haven’t looked back! I need see this wicker coffin, so funny. Now that is going out in style!!

  • 1010ParkPlace July 7, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Love the wicker bags. I had several in my 20’s. Think I told you that 10 years ago I bought a cute wicker bag that smelled like bacon!! It was embarrassing because numerous people commented on it, thinking I had a BLT in there! Set it out in the sun, repeatedly, but it didn’t help. Thanks for the charcoal tip. Love you and Margaux in your bell sleeves. xoxox, Brenda

    • Cherie James July 7, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Thank you Brenda, I didn’t realize that we both had bell sleeves until my husband noticed, and he doesn’t usually even notice those things. XOXOXO

  • Chuky Reyna July 7, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I’ve always loved basket bags and I have several of them. Love this post and the whole outfit, the denim bell sleeve top is gorgeous !

  • Cherie James July 7, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Thank you Chuky, so glad to meet a fellow basket bag lover!

  • shelley July 7, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I’m way behind the times because I’ve never had a basket bag. These are really cute.

    • Cherie James August 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      They are there for the picking Shelley, you would love having one!

  • Mamavalveeta03 July 8, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    I have a Kate Spade basket bag from YEARS ago…if I can still find it! And I love that denim top with the flared sleeves, too. Do tell, Cherie…who makes it?

    • Cherie James August 1, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Hi, yes the top I purchased online on Storets, here is the link http://www.storets.com. It’s a great funky boutique website that has some really great things. I also have a wicker Kate Spade bag from years ago and I love it! I hope you found it. Thank you so much for commenting. XO

  • Sandra July 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Love basket bags. Yes, mine are vintage also. They are so much more creative. Not the same brands seen all over the place.

    • Cherie James August 1, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      That is exactly the reason I shop vintage handbags, rarely have I seen two of the same. So glad you love them, thank you Sandra!

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