How to choose a natural bag for summer
Straw, reed, palm and rattan; all names of materials that appear at that first hint of summer. That first day trip to the beach or afternoon bbq and suddenly you have an urge to shop everything natural! With an overwhelming number of ‘straw’ bags on the market and a responsibility we all have to choose sustainably how can you pick the perfect bag for summer?
DO YOUR RESEARCH
There are so many different styles of straw summer bags out there. From simple handwoven baskets to coconut smoked rattan to big throw-it-all-in baskets. Try mentally styling each style with your summer/holiday wardrobe and imagine all the places you’ll be taking it in the sunshine. Create a Pinterest board of all your favourites and enjoy the process of picking the perfect bag for you. Once you have one in mind it’s time to learn about the story behind it. Who made your bag and where was it made? It is taking time to learn these important but beautiful details that will make you love your choice even more.
CHOOSE SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS
When picking a ‘straw’ bag look for sustainable materials that have been sourced responsibly. When talking about a ‘straw’ bag it may seem like it is a silly question to ask but check that it has actually been made from a natural material and not plastic.
SUPPORT TRADITIONAL CRAFT
Due to a rise in fast fashion consumption many traditional crafts are being replicated using machine-led manufacturing so that thousands can be made quickly and more often that not are a much poorer quality. When you choose to support traditional craft not only are you keeping a valuable and customary skill alive but you are also helping artisans to support themselves and their families.
INVEST IN A PIECE YOU WILL TREASURE IN 10 YEARS TIME
Quality over quantity always. With so many cheap options available it can be tempting to ‘stock up’ on bags every summer season. But rather than owning several, cheaply made items that won’t last you the season ahead why not invest in a timeless piece that excites you year after year?
A P O R T U G U E S E B A S K E T S T O R Y
Our Portuguese basket bags are handmade by skilled artisans in northern Portugal. We have spent many months exploring the Portuguese villages to find the very best artisans to make our baskets bags. The baskets are woven from local ceira reed using a technique that has been passed down from generation to generation. The reed is naturally strong and has a beautiful texture and smell that is unique to Portugal. Each and every bag has been handmade especially for Soi 55 and we send our basket bags to you direct from Portugal.