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Hippolyta the Hippo Bag | Wicker Darling

490.00
Expected arrival of March 31, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia

It is with great pleasure we introduce you all to Hippolyta the Hippo! A rubenesque and roly-poly wicker hippo bag, and your new bestfriend for summer picnics, walks in the park, and lounging by the water hole! 

This hippopotamus handbag is our latest bespoke design, designed by Jasmine in Melbourne, and handmade using traditional weaving techniques by our artisans in the Philippines - Hippolyta's primary materials are sustainably farmed and harvested rattan, leather, and linen for his lining. 

Production and Delivery Updates
Product Details

Measurements: 14 inches backside to tooth, 11 inches nose to toe, 22 inch circumference

Hippo has leather handles long enough to drape from the elbow, attached by gold hardware/d-rings. Comes with a detachable crossbody/shoulder strap (adjustable length - up to 132cm long) which can be clipped to any of the four d-rings.

Hippolyta has a loose lining to take advantage of the internal shape of the bag - large enough to fit your wallet, a clutch of keys, a very large phone, those three red lipsticks you've always got in your handbag, and that random packet of doodads you know will come in handy one day!

Our favourite feature! The hippo's tongue is a very cleverly designed, hidden-in-plain-sight coin purse! The tongue is attached by a secure press stud - pop it out to take advantage of the zipper hidden on the underside of the tongue!

All pre-ordered handbags will arrive with a hand signed collector card, a bespoke dust bag for storage, and a small gift courtesy of another Australian small business/designer.

Pre-Order Cancellations

Please be aware that in the instance of requesting a cancellation on a pre-order, a $60AUD cancellation fee will apply to cover our administration costs. To learn more, read our full FAQs.

Handmade to Order

Our handbags are designed in Australia and lovingly crafted by hand by our weavers in the Philippines. As such, each and every bag will have minor differences, whether it's in the wicker, leather work, or placement of other finishings. These are not faults, but rather a signature of hand craftsmanship from natural materials, and we consider these minor differences to be what makes every bag a unique piece of art. While every effort is made to photograph the true colour of our designs, monitors may display colours differently.


Due to our bags being made-to-order, upon occasion our ateliers may need to substitute materials used in the sample designs with different materials due to supply shortages. Where this occurs, the ateliers will do their best to find the closest possible substitute, and ensure the overall design remains consistent with the sample. 

Shipping Information

Worldwide complimentary shipping is offered with all orders, and covers your tracking number and full insurance! Customs and other tariffs are the responsibility of the customer. Please email our customer service team at to discuss express shipping rates. 

We ship once a week, pending Australia Post availability. 

Australia Post is experiencing significant supply and postage delays, and is periodically pausing collections of mail. While we aim to post our in stock bags ASAP, please be aware postage is likely to be slower than usual as a result. 

For detailed information see here.

Our Ethics

Wicker Darling bags are woven from sustainably, ethically harvested rattan. Our ateliers source rattan from local co-ops and farms to support their communities and to minimise the distance the materials travel. Rattan is sustainably grown, harvested by hand, and by-products are composted. 

Bags are handmade by traditional artisans, providing employment with a focus on marginalised communities and nurturing traditional skills and handicrafts, and fostering micro-businesses and individual artisans. 

The overall aim is to reduce our environmental footprint as much as possible, and to provide meaningful, fairly paid employment opportunities to our Filipino artisans. 

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