The basket bag is ubiquitous with a few very specific people (and occasions). Namely, Jane Birkin and her iconic round basket, which she touted until Hermès designed her her very own handbag (subsequently naming it after her). Then there's Brigitte Bardot and her nonchalant French-ness, and long, hot summers spent by the sea when a basket is used for toting local groceries and a towel.
Most recently however, the basket has become a bona fide carryall option for every season. Authentic Moroccan styles have been monogrammed and embroidered, and a plethora of basket-focused brands have made their way onto the scene. Case in point, new label Muuñ, whose specialty is a basket bag trimmed with fabric, sturdy leather straps, and an inner, cotton bag that keeps your valuables protected. The boxier shapes make it appropriate for life sans beach, and each bag is handmade in Ghana using traditional straw braiding techniques.
Designer Audrey David was inspired to launch the label after a chance meeting with the craftsman of Nyariga, a small village in Northern Ghana. She set about reimagining the bag with influences from Scandinavian and Japanese designs, whilst still utilizing the incredible craftsmanship of the women of Nyariga.
Muuñ bags are available in New York at Dover Street Market and Barneys, and online here.