PLASTIC FANTASTIC

When marketing professional Michal Simpson was traveling through Asia a couple years ago, she came across a remote village where women were creating hand-woven baskets out of colorful plastic remnants. Traditionally, these baskets -- which are used transport produce from the market and fresh-caught fish -- were made out of cane. However with pollution and trash dumping a growing problem, the artisans traded in wood for used plastic tape, intricately weaving it into colorful carryalls that are as utilitarian as they are beautiful. Michal loved the fusion of classical weaving techniques, modern design, and eco-friendliness, and she knew her friends would, too. So she began working with the women of Myanmar to bring their wonderful creations back with her to the UK which lead to the launch of her accessory brand Mowgs in 2015.

Currently, there are three different bag styles in the Mowgs range. The Wag Basket is a square double-handled tote crafted in a vibrant check plaid pattern with about a half dozen different colors. The Bike Baskets use the same technique and are designed to hang on the handlebars, or like panniers over the back tire. Then there is the pièce de résistance: the Petal Basket. It features an exquisite woven floral repeat pattern and elegant circular handles. Available in three sizes, they look ready to hit the beach, but are so irresistible that you're going to find a way to use it every single day. Each bag takes an entire day to make and artisans are paid fair wage salaries.