Ten years ago when Lindy McLeod was visiting France, she admired the women of Paris rushing home in the evenings and on the weekends with their seriously chic shopping baskets, brimming with fresh produce. Lindy bought some of these market baskets for herself, and they soon became an indispensable part of her life. Not only did the baskets look great but they also proved to be extremely hardwearing.
So on her return to Australia, Lindy founded The Market Basket Co, making a household item in France available here. In 2015, Lindy retired and Tutty Welsh took over the company. Tutty has introduced new basket styles while still continuing to stock the favourites. Tutty hopes The Market Basket Co can help steer Australian's away from plastic bags, choosing to use these natural and sustainable market baskets instead.
The market baskets have been a phenomenal success wherever they have been sold.
They are genuine French-style baskets imported from Morocco. Each one is handmade using traditional methods and techniques, which makes each basket unique. The baskets are made of strips of woven palm leaves from a species of date palm - Phoenix Dactylifera. The strips are then sewn together and the basket built up in "rounds" into the traditional triangle shape - variations of which can be found in countries all around the Mediterranean. The more rounds in a basket, the bigger it is! The handles are made of genuine Moroccan leather and stitched firmly to the baskets which ensures durability. Handles are either short so the baskets can be carried in by hand, or longer to go over the shoulder.
Naturally, market baskets are perfect for shopping and filling with fresh, Australian produce, but they are extremely versatile. They make for an ideal picnic basket, work superbly as a beach bag, and add a touch of rustic style as a piece of home storage. They also make for a beautiful present - either on their own or used as a gift hamper. You can even take one away for the weekend - it's much easier to pack than a suitcase!
Once you own one of these beautiful baskets it will become an essential part of your life - you will wonder how you ever lived without it!