Portuguese Baskets are sexy, seriously.
Apparently, this is very well know, but somehow I had never noticed the round basket Jane Birkin carries in a lot of pictures. It just belongs, part of the style and part of the photo.
Turns out it’s a Portuguese basket from Algarve – exactly like the one I have right behind me in my room (with some lavender drying in it, at the moment). Go figure. She used it a lot. It never got the commercial recognition of the Hermes “Birkin bag” but it’s more probably even more iconic.
Portuguese baskets are sexy. Yes, we all knew they are ecological, traditional, useful, well designed and sturdy. Also gorgeous. But, people had obviously been missing the key ingredient in marketing these (very inexpensive!) accessories.
Sometimes I feel that Portugal is all about hidden glamor.