ISSUE 28  |  Bastille Day

10 Parisian-Style Net Bags

July 17, 2014 11:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

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The market tote’s more compact sibling? The Parisian-style netted cotton grocery bag. De rigueur decades ago, the bags are now making a comeback—some with modern updates such as bright colors and leather handles. They’re perfect for summer produce.

Above: Doug Johnston’s Net Bag is made to order from cotton cord in a few color variations; $215

Above: The 100 percent cotton French Cotton Net Bag is $10.95 at Kaufmann Mercantile.

Above L: From Various Projects, the Large Net Bag is an exaggerated version of the classic net bag measuring 24 inches wide and 23 inches long; $69. Above R: The Medium Net Bag is of more standard proportions; $28. Both at La Garçonne.

Above: The So It Goes Net Bag is hand knotted, using traditional net-making techniques. It’s made of cotton cord and has soft leather handles; $120 at Need Supply.

Above: A classic made in France, the Natural Cotton String Shopping Bag is $10.95 on Amazon.

Above: The Woven Maguey Bag is made in Israel of woven maguey plant fibers and has an adjustable leather strap; $75 at Sunroom in Austin, Texas.

Above: Better Houseware’s green Cotton Net Shopping Bag is $7.15 on Amazon (also available in blue).

Above: A Détacher’s Macramé Bag with leather handles is $230.

Above: A striped French Grocery Bag in navy and white is $16 at Brook Farm General Store.

Above: Made in LA, the Small Net Shopping Bag is dip-dyed in yellow and has leather handles; $80 at Spartan.

For sturdier options, see 10 Easy Pieces: French Market Totes and Object Lessons: The Classic Canvas Tote. On Gardenista, have a look at Etsy’s Best Waxed Canvas Carryalls.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on August 1, 2013, as part of our Entertaining: Summer Edition issue.