Craftsmanship is a vital part of luxury. “While we are engulfed in communication and imagery, there remains something in humanity that makes us want to touch and thats what craft is about.” says  Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of Loewe.
In our digital age, that personal touch becomes a form of luxury.

'Geisha Handbag Series' by Deloss Webber
‘Geisha Handbag Series’ by Deloss Webber, second-generation rattan weaver from America and finalist of the Loewe craft prize 2019 (Photo credit: Loewe)

One form of craftsmanship that’s gaining recognition is wickerwork and weaving which fuses craft with contemporary sensibilities in the form of woven basket bags. Crafting requires time to refine which in turn makes the object being made a valuable asset.

Here are the latest basket bags released by luxury brands to take you through summer.

 

Loewe basket bag in pink multi-tone
Loewe basket bag pink multitone
Loewe basket bag pink multi-tone (Photo credit: Loewe)

This fun loving basket is made out of multi-coloured raffia using traditional hand-woven techniques — a reflection of Loewe’s Spanish heritage and roots. Created with two leather strap handles, it is also patched with leather embossed with their logo for a modern touch. Each piece is unique as each bag is individually crafted.

 

Gucci sylvie wicker and leather bag
Gucci Sylvie wicker and leather bag
Gucci Sylvie wicker and leather bag (Photo credit: Gucci)

Gucci’s Sylvie bag takes on a much sturdier exterior with this woven-wicker constructed piece. The woven case built with burgundy leather panels and straps alongside gold toned metal accents exude a casual yet ultra-modern look. Be rest assured that your belongings and daily necessities are well protected thanks to its robust form.

 

Chanel rattan small vanity case
Chanel rattan small vanity case
Chanel rattan small vanity case (Photo credit: Chanel)

Though the Chanel rattan vanity case is available in other colours such as white or black leather, our favourite is the one in beige and gold. This luxurious champagne-like combination compliments rattan perfectly. You’ll even be able to add sophistication to a simple evening dress thanks to its shimmery gold accents.

 

Prada wicker and canvas bag
Prada wicker and leather shoulder bag
Prada wicker and canvas shoulder bag (Photo credit: Prada)

Prada breaks away from their signature silky nylon material in favour of hardy cotton canvas to go with the wicker weaved base for an unexpected yet super chic shoulder bag. This petite sized bag comes with two ways to carry, one with a hand held leather strap and another with a long adjustable shoulder strap.

 

Max Mara aisha basket bag

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The Max Mara’s aisha basket bag is meticulously woven using a solid straw material and completed with handwoven brown leather handles. The bag also comes with a drawstring canvas pouch to keep your items secure and contained within its hardy shell as well as a removable leather cardholder to keep your cards and cash in place.

Josiah Chua
Fashion Director
Josiah is the Fashion Director in charge of styling shoots and writing the fashion pages. On his days off, he locks himself at home designing and sewing up a collection in preparation for his label's runway debut.