Like sliding into a pair of espadrilles or putting on your trusty sunglasses, throwing a basket bag over your shoulder feels like a glorious rite of passage every year. And that time has come around once more: the summer season has officially begun, and after two interrupted summers and endless cancelled plans, we (and our basket bags) are back with a bang in 2022!


A woven tote makes any laidback daytime look instantly more chic, and a woven bucket bag is the ultimate accessory for summer weddings and parties, transforming effortlessly from crossbody to handheld with two clicks. These are the bags we reach for when we’re beach-bound, heading out for summer drinks, festival-going and holidaying – no wonder they make us feel so damn good!

And although synonymous with summer, basket bags are utterly timeless – they never go out of fashion and they’re a wardrobe staple. We’ve pulled together some of our bestselling basket bags and woven shoppers to help the decision making…


For hitting the beach...

 Sisal Colour Block Shoppers £69

This is a leather and plastic-free zone! Designed exclusively by The Basket Room, our colour block shoppers come in three colour ways. They're 100% Kenyan and totally vegan. We’ve swapped out cowhide leather straps for pure, twisted sisal ones, making these woven shopper an ultimately ethical choice. 

For those long-awaited summer weddings...

NDEVU: Small Natural Fringed Basket Bag £ 59.00

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The exquisite NDEVU vegan basket bag is the perfect wedding accessory. With its sisal fringing, twisted sisal handles and no leather labelling, this is a plastic and leather-free creation. 

For camping trips...


KAZA: Brown & Grey Two Tone Woven Shopper £ 69.00

This two tone woven shopper comes in large and jumbo size and the sisal used to make it is hand dyed using 100% natural dyes. Use a large size for day trips to the beach, and a jumbo for camping trips, festivals and weekend breaks. 

For stylish city breaks...

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A handwoven sisal tote bag in standout chequerboard squares, MVUA is your go-to woven basket bag for shopping trips, beach days and festival weekends. With its extendable leather shoulder straps in black, you can wear yours high or low under the arm, handheld or in the crook of your arm if preferred. 

For all your festival essentials...

Bucket Bags & Backpacks £49
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The ultimate summer bag and perfect festival accessory, our colourful woven bucket bags and backpacks are handwoven in unique tribal designs by women working within a weaving cooperative in Kenya. Sustainable through and through, those wonderful metal bead rivets are made from recycled and sand-casted brass by artisans living in Nairobi’s Kawangware district. Every single one of these woven bags is different so you'll NEVER find yourself rubbing shoulders with someone else with the same bag as you...

For holidays and staycations...

 MBWEHA: Orange Wool and Sisal Tote Bag £ 95.00

We love the contrasting coloured bottoms on these yarn and sisal basket bags! Each basket bag takes up to six days to complete before cowhide straps are crafted and fitted at a Nairobi leather works. Check out our other colour combos here. 


For dinners and drinks...

RASHA: Mono Checkerboard Bucket Bag £ 125.00

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A handwoven sisal bucket bag in hip chequerboard squares, RASHA boasts a handheld braided leather strap and a leather crossbody strap, both in black. You choose whether to wear yours over the shoulder, crossbody or handheld - removing one strap is simple thanks to its brass dog clips. 

For the park & playground...

Upcycled Yarn Totes £69

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These basket bags are made from wool from second hand jumpers, woven around local sisal grass. The weavers regularly visit the ‘gikombas’ (clothes markets) to select and purchase colourful woollen jumpers, which are washed and unravelled at home into separate balls of coloured wool – and then woven. The bags are finished in a local leather works, being fitted supple cow hide straps for carrying. Each one is different - choose yours here!

Where will your basket bag take you this summer? Tag us in your snaps – we love to see where they travel to!

June 27, 2022

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