This Classic French Basket Bag Comes With an Italian Twist

Low temperatures and snow-covered streets may not have stopped Jane Birkin from toting around her beloved basket bags, pairing them with everything from ribbed turtlenecks to fur shrugs, but those of us without that certain je ne sais quoi may reserve our own baskets for warmer climes. That is, until now: Enter Bclaire, a four-month-old Italian label started by former fashion stylist Chiara Guicciardi that’s updating the summer staple with a winter-friendly touch. Think fuzzy jumbo-sized pom-poms, leopard-print toppers, and mink lids in a kaleidoscopic range of colors, which can be stamped with your initials or lucky numbers.

While the Modena-based Guicciardi cites Birkin as her eternal muse, traces of her native country can be seen in her creations as well. “Italians love details,” she says of the inspiration behind the customizable modern accents—not to mention that the 100 percent wicker bags, which range from $300 to $970, are handwoven in Florence with fur crafted in Milan. Parisian panache paired with Italian craftsmanship? Now that’s a match made in street style heaven.