In the 1960s and 70s, the beautiful Jane Birkin became famous for carrying her basket around Paris. People would recognize her and Serge Gainsbourg from behind because of her basket and his ears. I prefer the basket to the purse that Hermès would go on to name after her.
Today when Sonia posted this link with a picture of Tommy from Notes from Naive with her basket from Madeira & gorgeous Agnès B. coat, I was so happy. What a lovely sight!
Now, where can I get one of these baskets for myself, other than on a pretty island in the Atlantic?
Addendum: Sweet Alice has offered to send me one from an artisan in Portugal! Hooray!