You can't open the pages of a fashion magazine without seeing a basket bag at the moment! Often a trending item that comes in and out of fashion; we think basket bags are here to stay. Timeless, classic and beautiful, basket bags are the perfect accessory for almost any occasion. African baskets are made using traditional weaving techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, many fast fashion companies have caught onto the popularity of the basket bag and there are now a huge number of them mimicking the looks of traditional craft and mass producing basket bags, creating cheap alternatives to artisan products that have definitely not been ethically or sustainably sourced. Of course, every basket bag you'll find on AARVEN has been traditionally handcrafted, ethically sourced and sustainably made. So you can be fashionable and eco-conscious. Once you've picked out your favourite ethical basket bag, you may be wondering how to style it. Fear not, we've put together some top tips for different ways to wear this summer's hottest accessory...
Heading out to a market in your favourite city? Opt for a basket bag with a longer handle to help keep your hands free for browsing! From the vibrant markets of Dakar to the bustling Columbia Road Flower Market, our one-of-a-kind Bolga Pot Bag or Ugandan Seed Bag are ideal for some serious Sunday strolling. Pair with your favourite dress and some comfortable trainers for the perfect effortlessly cool look. Finish the outfit off with some statement earrings, like our Comb Mobile Earrings, and a folding Ghanaian Fabric Fan to help keep you cool. Don't forget to pack your reusable tote bag and some sunglasses!
Summer is the season to be spending as much time in nature as possible! Our Ghanaian Bolga Baskets are the perfect companion to your summer picnic - lightweight & sturdy with plenty of space to store all your snacks. Pair with your prettiest blouse, some comfy shorts and our Silver Lace Honey Bee Necklace. Be sure to pack a Cotton Throw for sitting on and don't forget the suncream! Need some picnic inspo? Click here.
Keep things monochromatic with this sophisticated way to style your basket bag, ideal for date night dinner. Our Ghanaian Circular Basket is perfect for the occasion, with it's neutral colour palette and intricate design. Slip on your favourite little black dress and let your beautiful bag do all the talking! Pair with some simple heels and our Ceramic Zawadi Necklace & matching earrings.
Shop our full range of African baskets here.