ISSUE 28  |  Bastille Day

10 Easy Pieces: French Market Totes

July 18, 2014 1:30 PM

BY Erin Boyle

Last weekend there were strawberries, asparagus, and sunflowers at the farmer’s market. While I stuffed my goodies unceremoniously into a backpack, I couldn’t help but wish I had a beautiful straw market tote like the ones my friends in Paris always carry. If you’ve got similar yearnings, here’s a roundup of 10 French market totes, perfect for carting home bundles of fresh flowers and wedges of stinky cheese.

Above: This classic Hand Woven Palm Carryall is available with leather handles in two lengths, $59.95 at Kaufmann Mercantile.

Above: A Leather-Handled Market Tote has bright orange handles; available for $39 from Greige.

Above: With rolled-top handles, a raffia French Market Tote is $38 from Barney’s.



Above: For a more daring pop of color, here’s a Shopping Basket with green handles (pink, orange, and blue are also available); £42 from French Baskets in Morocco.

Above: This French Market Basket with Two Handles can be carried in one hand or over your shoulder; available for $50 from Olive and Branch.

Above: This classic Basket Tote has narrower handles than some of the others; available for $34 from Greige.

Above: If you like the the look but not the heft of a French market tote, you might prefer this Small French Market Basket; $32.50 from Olive and Branch.


Above: The Agadir French Market Basket is woven with Moroccan materials in France, and has a cotton lining with a drawstring; $60.99 from Petite Provence.

Above: The La Vie Frances Tote is a smaller version of the classic tote, with leather trim and a buckled strap to keep things put; available for $52 from Abes Market. 

Above: The La Vie Large Tote has a larger base than the traditional size, and is also trimmed in leather; $64 from Abes Market.

Is canvas more your style? See 10 Easy Pieces: Canvas Totes. And if you’re looking for the perfect tote to use in the garden, see A Tote Worthy Garden Bag.

Updated from a post originally published June 4, 2013.