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Before Hermès launched its famous bag, Jane Birkin was never without her straw basket. We’re copying that look...

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Show shopper

You could pretend you picked up Labour and Wait’s traditional French market basket on holiday in Provence, so authentic is its design. Handwoven from palm leaves, with sturdy leather handles, it was made to fill with fresh baguettes and sunflowers. It will be useful for carrying your shopping home on the bus, too. £20, Labour and Wait

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Totes colourful

Made from toquilla straw and hand-woven in Sensi Studio’s Ecuadorian atelier, this rainbow-striped tote is at home nestling by a sun-lounger anywhere from Tulum to Positano. Roomy enough to hold towel, magazines, sunblock and snacks, plus other ‘essential’ beach paraphernalia, it’s a colourful counterpoint to a chic, black swimsuit. £140, Sensi Studio

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Spread the word

Japanese-Canadian Eileen Wada trained in San Francisco and at a couture school in Paris, but her bags are handmade at her London studio, giving them an impressively international provenance. Whimsical French phrases are embroidered in satin ribbon on woven straw totes in suitably summery shades. £60, Wada

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Just dandy

Trust J Crew to take something classically European and sprinkle all-American razzle-dazzle over it to make it even better. This classic straw shopper has been given a touch of the ole red, white and blue, in a tasteful, Hamptons-way, of course. We see it being stuffed with homemade lemonade and lobster rolls for a Montauk beach picnic. £79.50, J Crew

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Plainly Jane

Of our edit, this stays most true to Ms Birkin’s original, sturdy basket – her signature accessory long before Monsieur Hermès named a fancy handbag in her honour. Handmade from natural wicker, it’s strong enough to carry a load of library books or a chicken home from the farmer’s market. It’s chic, too, with a quintessentially English charm – just like Jane. £18, Prestige Wicker