A French Market Basket for Chic Shopping

Hand-painted French market basket

This classic French market basket from Pink Pineapple gets a chic update with hand-painted stripes and a monogram.

Before it was trendy, style icons like Jane Birkin were carrying market baskets to transport purchases around town. Decades later, designer Anya Hindmarch’s I am not a Plastic Bag reusable tote became a must-have with a mantra among the eco- and style-conscious. So popular that it sold out within hours of its release, the coveted bag could be found on the arm of super models and A-list actresses in London and throughout the world.

Today, the market tote remains a practical standard – a convenient way to haul purchases from the farmers’ market or to the beach. This season, we’ve fallen in love with the French market basket from Pink Pineapple (pictured at top). Made of classic straw woven into a herringbone pattern, the bag comes with a choice of short or short-and-long handles. To make it even more chic, add colorful stripes and a monogram, hand-painted by a local artist, for a pop of color and personalization. Head in to the Pink Pineapple shop on Thames Street in Newport to get yours, or order online. Banish plastic bags for good and say goodbye to boring errands – this tote makes shopping fun, no matter what the chore.

Meaghan O'Neill is a writer, editor, blogger wrangler, and the founder of Puddingstone Post. She was formerly editor-in-chief of TreeHugger, Discovery Channel online, and TLC's Parentables. Her writing has appeared in numerous print and online publications, and her book, Ready, Set, Green: 8 Weeks to Modern Eco-Living (Villard/Random House) was published in 2008. She lives in Newport, RI with her family.

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