My search for the perfect summer bag began a long time ago. To be precise, it was right after the 90s when the duffle bag famed by Benetton went out of fashion. Asking myself what bag would be suitable for a day at the lake or the beach I went through all kind of phases. Starting with the black leather backpack, via the nylon shopper from Polo Ralph Lauren and the jute pouch, most probably including a couple more “faux-pas” which I luckily can’t remember. Of course, black leather is just as suboptimal in the summer sun as thin cotton fabric close to the water and striking logos in any not to be further defined situation in life. Flash memories of my mother when we used to go to the lake and a sudden image of a bare footed Jane Birkin in St Tropez (apologies for the constantly recurring image) resulted in great delight when I discovered a booth with all sorts of woven baskets while strolling along the “Auer Dult” market in Munich. My decision for the simplest version with a brown leather strap was quickly made and so were not only my days at the beach saved, but so was every day from May until September. My new friend is the perfect complement to my beloved mini shoulder bags, (Anya Hindmarch or the Petit Malle by Louis Vuitton) that are just big enough to hold the essentials like keys, iPhone, money and lip care. For everything else, from laptop to beach towel, sunscreen and the good read on the way to the office, the airport or the beach, the basket comes in action. The only difficulty with this perfect piece is that the woven (slightly fragile) material will last for one summer only. Currently living in Berlin, and not knowing where to get fresh supply, I started to get nervous. Only last week, when my smart colleague Julia Fricke arrived at the office with her bicycle and the perfect version elegantly hanging over her shoulder, I was calm again: she told me it was from the farmer’s market at Kollwitzplatz.
During my stay at the Côte d’Azur a couple of days ago my obsession was acknowledged by a group of editors: the perfect basket is definitely not easy to find and much in demand! The flawless specimen on this still life above is from the market in Antibes located next to the Picasso Museum. I do not have to mention that I shopped extensively, do I?!