Le Papillon Vert

Love the idea of something that is made from sustainable, natural products which can be used again and again? Strong and beautiful, useful and chic, our Le Papillon Vert (TM) baskets epitomise today’s more thoughtful approach to our global environment. Working with skilled artisans, we design and produce a unique hand-made item that will be cherished for years to come.

Stop Press! We now have a Luxe Range of Baskets made in a cooperative entirely made up of women who lovingly sew beautiful leather onto baskets, with designs reminiscent of the likes of Loewe and Chloe, but without the price tag. These have to be seen to be fully appreciated, but we hope our photos and videos do them justice. The details are amazing – detachable linen zip linings in most, cross body straps and buttery stitched leather. These can be monogrammed too, which makes them extra special.

Our founder, Rebecca stayed at a French Chateau in the Dordogne region of France with her family in 2007. With a small baby and a toddler, shopping at the local markets daily became the rather enjoyable routine. The Chateau had a selection of baskets for guests to use, and as France had just introduced the plastic carrier bag charge, this was a useful and cost-effective (not to mention environmentally friendly) way to shop. What a great idea! Stylish yet strong, simple yet chic.

Having just left a successful career in FMCG Buying, Rebecca was keen to progress the idea and in 2010, Le Papillon Vert Ltd, selling French Market Baskets was born. Starting with sourcing a good product, developing strong branding, building a basic website and trading from stalls at lovely country fairs, the business has gone from strength to strength.

Owner Rebecca comments: “As the business grew, securing better suppliers became the priority and as a result, not only did the consistency and quality improve, we were also able to spec and design our own ranges. This was ground-breaking in this market and allowed us to provide customers with a quality designer-type product that had real kerb appeal.”

Today, with ever-increasing demand for attractive eco-friendly bags, the business is still very much baskets-focussed, although Hammam Towels have also become a firm favourite and a brand synergy.

With an emphasis on style and quality, together with great customer service, the demand for Le Papillon Vert’s Baskets has never been stronger. Shipping to customers in the UK and all over the world, Le Papillon Vert is now a truly Global brand.

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We are committed to sustainability – it is why we exist! The plastic pollution must stop and these baskets are perfect for replacing years of plastic bag use. We are very conscious of the environment and so every step of our process eliminate any unnecessary process or additional waste. Our baskets are hand made in Morocco using date palm leaves and by artisans skilled in weaving. The leather is traditionally tanned, using no harsh chemicals. For our bulk order, we use second hand cardboard boxes and we ship by sea with a little road journey at each end. To send to customers, we use 3 ply brown potato sacks with an inflatable cushion inside to protect the shape of the basket. This is recyclable plastic, unfortunately, but we are working on that, and it is better than using new cardboard overall…

We are not a large business, just Rebecca and the warehouse team, so we are committed to great customer service.

Each basket is unique, no two are the same, and each will have a history of it’s own. Our customers love to send us photos of their baskets on their travels (or in the supermarket!) and we love receiving them!

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