The humble straw bag (or wicker bag) tops the list of unexpected ‘It’ accessories seen on the streets during Fashion Week. Practical, highly-versatile, and now, trendy, the woven bag stemmed from tradition of basket weaving.

The durable wicker tote has also been Jane Birkin’s favourite pre-Hermes days; paired simply with her signature laid-back style of jeans, T-shirt, and breezy dresses.

Here are 5 for those summer days out.

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1

Dolce & Gabbana
Covered in a banana leaf prints on both the cover and on the lining inside, this luxe wicker is finished with a gold padlock, and an enamelled flower charm. It’ll take you from a day at the beach club to an afternoon of shopping.

It also features a top handle and a detachable shoulder strap.

Dolce & Gabbana woven wicker Dolce basket bag, €2.990 (S$4,597).

2

Mark Cross
Featuring a snap-lock closure and leather straps, this marshmallow-hued number is perfect for ladies-of-leisure who appreciate exquisite craftsmanship. Measuring 18cm x 9cm, it can comfortably fit your daily essentials like a mobile, wallet, and possibly a compact for touch-ups.

Mark Cross Pebble Grain Harley rotten bag, US$2,095 (S$2,871).

3

Wai Wai
An unconventional marriage of materials like rattan and multi-coloured acrylic strips, this is definitely a fun take on traditional straw bags, and we approve! All Wai Wai bags are handmade in Brazil.

Wai Wai Jabuticaba straw and multicoloured acetate bag, R$1,723 (S$725).

4

Abacá 
Synonymous with it’s brand name, the circular tote is handwoven with abaca fibers – believed to be the strongest natural fibres. Durable and resistant to salt water (more reasons to bring to the beach), it is also fully lined and features a pocket to hold your mobile.

Aback Tiaco straw bag, US$95 (S$130). 

5

Cult Gaia
This bamboo bag may not be woven like the rest, but it evokes a similar carefree vibe. Inspired by traditional Japanese bamboo baskets, team this Cult Gaia number with a pair of printed shorts an oversized shirt to complete the happy-go-lucky feel.

Cult Gaia Art bamboo handbag, US$98 (S$134).