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About us

Our baskets are all hand made in Portugal by an older generation and take up to 3 days to make each one. It is an art that has been slowly dying due to very few artisans making these baskets. We support and work directly with the local craftsmen by keeping this beautiful tradition alive.

The artisans we work with are true artists and perfectionists with their work, making sure that every detail is perfectly finished. 

Please beware that this is a hand made product and a lot of baskets are poorly made with rough edges, bad finishes and not the "perfect" shape. It is not easy to find delicate artisans that make sure their work is well made.

 

The story behind the basket

The basket was Jane Birkin's signature style. She carried it everywhere and wore it with everything. Woven from natural straw and casually hanging from her arm, Jane Birkin was photographed prolifically throughtout the 70's whether it be for afternoons by the beach or black tie dinners for Cannes Film Festival. In 1981, Jane Birkin had been upgraded by Air France on a flight to London and was seated next to Hermès chief executive, Jean-Louis Dumas. She had just placed her straw basket in the overhead compartment but everything fell out, when her fellow passenger asked why she didn't have a bag with pockets, she then explained to Dumas that it had been difficult to find a weekend bag big enough for all her things. Together they began designing. "I said, 'Why don't you make a handbag that is bigger than the Kelly but smaller than Serge's suitcase?'. And he said, 'Well, what would it be like?' And I think I drew it on the sickbag - or the not-be-sick bag. And he said, 'I'll make it for you'."