Hello! I'm Jasmine. I'm the sole owner and operator of Wicker Darling, and designer of the wicker bags sold here. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and I'm an avid lover of novelty and figural wicker handbags!
My business was born from a very specific desire for a wicker flamingo bag. Unable to find one anywhere, I decided I'd have to design one for myself. Nearly a year passed between initial designs and finally receiving my first wicker flamingo, but I hope you agree the wait was absolutely worth it!
As any wicker collector - particularly collectors in Australia! - will know, purchasing wicker handbags can be challenging. Vintage, and even contemporary, wicker designs are often prohibitively expensive, and this is exacerbated by the fact most bags seem to be listed outside of Australia, meaning we're dealing with the exchange rate, import taxes and the GST on top of already high prices.
My goal with Wicker Darling is to offer local - and international! - customers new and original designs in limited, exclusive numbers, with the same high quality craftsmanship, but at a more accessible price point. Each and every collection has been conceived of and designed by me, and is sent to you with a hand numbered and signed authenticity card.
Wicker Darling handbags are handmade by a small, family-owned company in the Philippines who employ weavers and artisans specialising in traditional Filipino craftsmanship. To minimise carbon footprint and maximise benefits to local communities, rattan is sustainably harvested by hand from neighbouring co-ops and farmers. Weaving is done by hand, employing traditional techniques which keep local arts and crafts traditions alive, but also providing employment opportunities to men and particularly women; many weavers are mothers or older women who are afforded the opportunity to work from home, supplementing family income.
For behind the scenes previews, customer photos, and sneak peeks, follow along on Instagram - @wickerdarling.com!
All intellectual property here belongs to me, and infringements will be taken seriously.