Lauren Conrad's Charitable Decor Shop Now Features Lovely, Handmade Baskets

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The Little Market—Lauren Conrad's philanthropic pet project opened with friend Hannah Skvarla—is making a name for itself in its niche of simple and lovely handmade wares. The "handmade" portion is truly the shop's bread-and-butter, as every piece in the online store is sourced from artisans around the world, linking craftspeople who need an audience to which to sell their goods with decor lovers hunting for special pieces just like the ones they make.  This latest collection, after a first run of towels that were quite a hit, features baskets made by traditional craftspeople in Senegal, Ghana, and Tanzania. The fact that each piece is understated and pretty is a big draw, but that each was also hand-crafted using time-honored methods, and provides local artisans the ability to continue their craft, gives them an extra special touch. Take a look at a few of the new beauties in this line of baskets; suffice to say, we're excited to see where Conrad's Market goes next. Nested Elephant Grass Baskets—Natural, The Little Market, $100.
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The basket on the left was created via "a network of rural Wolof women in nine Senegalese villages...Using locally grown millet stalks and recycled strips of plastic, the women bring supplemental income to their households by weaving baskets between their daily duties." The basket on the right was hand-woven by women in rural Tanzania, and provides the perfect base for flowers. Hamper—Sea Foam Dot, The Little Market, $100. Small Iringa Basket—Natural Stripe, The Little Market, $62.
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Besides acting as a perfect neutral accent, "this durable hand-woven basket set is made by artisans in farming communities in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana." Nested Elephant Grass Baskets—Black Stripe, The Little Market, $100.  

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