Fashion: How straw bags became the escapist accessory

Once reserved only for the beach or market, luxury designers have put a high-fashion spin on straw basket bags this season

9th May, 2021
Bags of Style: Loewe Paula’s Ibiza 2021 collection

The story behind this summer’s most covetable accessory is a sunshine-filled one, set in the Old Town of the Balearics’ most famed island. Paula’s was a legendary boutique in Ibiza that German architect Armin Heinemann presided over during the hippie heights of the 1970s. Selling a sense of hedonistic escapism by way of breezy, brightly printed garments and kitschy raffia bags, it quickly became an international hub for bohemian culture.


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