16.12.09

a basket from madeira

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!

21 comments:

  1. beautiful.

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  2. Sweet photographs. The ladies look so happy.

    I am not sure exactly where one might find such a basket. In the town next to mine we have a local basket maker; I think I would look there first. Also, my local fiber shop gives basket making lessons and they might have some finished projects for sale. Perhaps you could check places like that, local to you?

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  3. sooo cute!
    i love how happy they both are in those photos haha. clearly this basket is the key to happiness.

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  4. i have seen things like this while on vacation in cape cod. i would look up nantucket baskets and see what comes up. i agree they are cute. i almost bought one once myself.

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  5. oh, if you really want one, I can send it over, from Portugal.

    All my bag handles are made from wicker (I think this is the right wotd in english?), and so I know an artisan that makes baskets like this too. :)

    Just let me know if you want it!

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  6. what a delightful idea!!

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  7. I think you should go to Madeira! :) My family is from there and it was such a beautiful place to visit. The beautiful flowers and mini-waterfalls were heavenly.

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  8. thanks for sharing! i went to tommy's blog and really love it! she's got an awesome collection of lomo pictures/city guides!

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  9. gosh, i love jane birkin! & the other girl and her basket are equally adorable. I hope you'll show pictures when you get your new basket! :)

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  10. I love that top photograph!! And goodness, that basket IS adorable.

    ♥ Aya
    strawberrykoi.blogspot.com

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  11. can i sign up for one too? also that picture of jane birkin is so amazing. im convinced that she is and will always be the best girl ever.

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  12. Jane Birkin is one of my all time style icons! She's the queen of bourgeois bohemian. And though I imagine a Birkin bag is a nice thing to have, I somehow prefer the basket too!

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  13. Happy to know you are going to get a basket from Portugal too!

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  14. yes, i prefer the basket, too!

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  15. Thanks, everyone! Yes, it would seem that basket purses make people smile and make them so happy! I love it!

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  16. oh my gosh, what a wonderful style anecdote! i love how offhandedly carefree and lovely Tommy looks...so refreshing in our age of 'It bags'!

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  17. i had a basket purse once, it fell apart, but it did receive a lot of looks, good& bad...
    i love both these images you posted! lovely girls all around

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  18. Kiosk! From their latest Portugal collection...

    http://kioskkiosk.com/c/108/p/1260/Birkin_Basket

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  19. love that photo of jane birkin... now i want to grab myself a basket and go run around the farmers market buying all sorts stuff. it's always more fun when properly accessorized!

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  20. Wow, I had no idea about Birkin--I have to admit to liking the basket much more than the Hermes bag, as well. & Tommy--too cute!

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  21. Lovely. The "jane birkin" basket is made in Algarve (south of portugal), not in madeira island. You can get one from Feitoria. The y are very different from one another, although on the photos they may look similar. Anyway, they're both beautiful :)

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