I’d like to begin by saying that I generally try to make an effort to appreciate innovation, even when it might lack in functionality. If no one attempts innovation in the first place, then we never have any new concepts for designers to eventually incorporate into bags that we can use in our everyday lives. Which is why I like the Miu Miu Basket Tote, at least in theory, if not in practice.

Miu Miu Basket Tote

I think the uses for this bag, as it is, are fairly low. It would be an awfully chic grocery tote, should you need to run around the corner to grab a few things to make dinner. It might also make a decent pool tote, if you folded up your towel in the bottom to prevent your iPod headphones from dangling out. Miu Miu usually errs on the safe side with their bags so its nice to see them do something a bit different, but they fall short on practicality here. This bag would have been both innovative and functional if they had included some sort of soft leather lining inside – maybe in a cream or light grey, for maximum contrast. I would have left the lining loose instead of sticking it to the frame throughout the bag, which would leave the cage effect intact. That way, not only is the idea intact, but the bag is highly usable too. Miu Miu is halfway there, and I kind of like the idea so far. Buy through Bluefly for $660.

  • Merve

    Im with you totally Amanda, i like the bag but cant think what an earth i’d use it for.

  • Ani

    this is what we asians use to go to the market!! so UNoriginal!!!

  • cate

    don’t particularly like it, but idea is good
    i don’t like using my designer bags to go to the super, so with this one i could shop in style !
    ok, let’s take it further: it’s also green as you don’t use plastic bag eventually..he he he

  • renee

    Dollar Store!!!!

  • Leah

    I noticed that when you look at the pictures there’s a small baggie that comes with it so things don’t fall it. I still don’t see the need for this one…

  • fuchsiafury

    This bag is so alluring – I can’t stop looking at it! And kudos to Miu Miu on getting the shape right! I like that Miu Miu is pushing the envelope. Unfortunately, this bag looks seasonal. I can’t imagine anyone carrying this around in the fall or winter. And at close to $700 for a bag that won’t be a wardrobe staple, it seems like a waste. Quel dommage!

  • Ingerid Prebensen

    I agree with renee: Dollar store! The designers must be pretty desperate to come up with something like this.

  • glizando

    Ani, you totally read my mind and I was going to comment on that before I read your comment. Seriously, Asians carry the 50 cent version of this made from a plastic mold! And, they come in a wide variety of colours…

  • Jess

    Gross, it looks like an art project.

  • dawn

    Finally a bag I can proudly take to the beach Atlanti City here I come