Back in August, I received the cutest little basket from Happy Verde, a pressed juice company here in Panama. Inside there were all sorts of goodies and some of my favorite local juices of their making, but I really enjoyed the little care package because of the container which everything came in. First because it is reusable, second because it is locally made and third because it is oh-so-stylish! The basket bag is from a small town in Panama called El Valle de Antón—the Valley of Antón. They have a market every Sunday and sell all kinds of crafts; from furniture and jewelry, to clothes and art work, and of course baskets and bags. I liked the little basket so much I decided to take it to New York for Fashion Week. I got so many compliments on it each time I wore it and I also saw a lot of other girls wearing weaved wicker and straw bags; some by big name designers, others from flea market or thrift store finds like mine. Either way, its safe to say the basket bag is the unexpected accessory of the moment.
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Photos by María Gibbs.