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Wicker Bags: The Go-To Accessory For S/S '18 Pastoral Chic Trend

If you’re longing for some idyllic country living right now, we’re not blaming you (have you been reading the news lately?). But we suspect that desire for a slow chill-out life has something to do with the kind of pastoral chic that brands have been showing this past season.

The Chloe (left) and Giambattista Valli collections get their rustic charm thanks to the use of Liberty-style fabrics.

For one, there is the popularity of rustic floral prints that recall haberdashery prints produced by Liberty London. You see the floral motif popping up on romantic dresses and folksy silhouettes at brands like Giambattista Valli, Chloe, Balenciaga and Zimmermann to name a few.

Then there is the popularity of gingham fabric which call to mind long summer picnics in the park. The checked pattern appears at brands like Bottega Veneta and Junko Shimada where it is used on suitings and at Loewe where it landed on patchwork dresses.

Backstage at Loewe

But if going all out with this supercharged bucolic style seems overwhelmingly rustic for you, then accessories would be the easiest way to jump on board the bandwagon. Fisherman hats as seen at Chanel, MSGM, Michael Kors Collection and Versus are one styling trick to serve a slice of cool laidback style.

But our top vote for the best statement accessory to ace this country style would be the wicker bag which is part vintage-inspired and part rugged accessory (it’ll definitely brave the elements better than your leather designer bags). The woody style is a throwback to the post-War ’50s when women toted bags made of wicker and straws as the height of utilitarian chic due to their practicality and inexpensive price tags.

Fast forward to this season and big brands from Gucci to Miu Miu to independent bag labels like Mark Cross and Serpui are all showcasing wicker designs in a variety of shapes as pure novelty items. Here, we curate 10 of our favourite wicker styles to carry.

Junko Shimada (left) and MSGM.

Heimat Atlantica Love Bag wicker duffel bag, On Pedder
If you love artisanal workmanship and backstories with your accessories, then this bag is it. The piece is handwoven using reeds from Portugal while the porcelain charm is made by Spanish pottery label Sargadelos which has operated in the country’s northwest region of Galicia since 1968. Wicker minaudiere, Dolce & Gabbana
One word we’d use to describe this piece by the Italian label: Amore. Wicker shoulder bag, Gucci
Gucci debuts a range of wicker bags for Pre-fall that comprises a shoulder bag design which comes in an S and M size. This one comes with a glossy finish and in the signature red and green colour scheme reminiscent of the brand’s signature webbing.   Wicker tote, Bimba Y Lola
The Spanish label has a quirkier take on wicker bags with this structural number which comes with oversized grommets. Mark Cross Harley wicker and leather top handle bag, $1,960,
The 18K yellow gold-plated brass hardware is the subtle luxury touch on this ’50s style bag. Serpui wicker bucket bag, $300,
Brazilian label Serpui turned to traditional artisans in the Philippines to craft this design which comes with adorable pom pom details. Wicker top handle bag, Prada
This replica of a picnic basket is a dainty bag to complete a casual brunch outfit. Our tip: Pair it with white jeans or a summery dress in broderie anglaise. Wicker bucket bag, Gucci
If you’re into versatile pieces, this piece comes with detachable handles and a long shoulder strap. Kayu Jane Clam wicker clutch, $205,
The soft sherbet colour of this clutch makes it a pretty piece to carry for the next beach outing. Leather and wicker tote, Miu Miu. Prices unavailable unless stated
For a more subtle take on the picnic basket, Miu Miu incorporates a wicker base to its quilted leather tote. Like this? Gucci launches exclusive merchandise on its e-tail site, how to style this season’s crop of chic kitten heels, and add a slice of figure-skating glam to your wardrobe.