I love a bag, and these are great. They are Hinza bags, which were designed in the 1950s in Sweden.
They are basically a trug in the shape of a bag. Completely impractical in lots of ways:
The strap digs into your arm if you have carry it in the crook of your arm.
A total pick pocket’s delight as everything is easily accessible.
No interior pockets so everything is chucked in together.
But also totally brilliant in lots of ways:
Because they are the same colour in, as out, you can easily see everything in your bag.
Everything is somehow easier to find as it’s chucked in together and no zips or flaps to undo.
You can sit on a beach and know they won’t get a soggy bottom.
You hose them down if they get dirty.
Really easy to carry in your hands.
They sit where you put them.
You can just chuck everything in.
They are really jolly. This matters.
They come in two sizes and lots of different colours. I got mine (the small) from Hus and Hem, which is a fabulous Scandi website and it cost £18. The service was amazing. I had barely pressed ‘confirm order’ and it arrived. But you can also get from little independents. I saw some in Burnett & Company, a lovely interiors shop in Aldeburgh, last week. (46 High Street, IP15 5AB.)