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Iconic: The Goyard Picnic Basket

To enjoy a casually elegant al fresco lunch without relinquishing one’s social standing, there’s nothing like the traditional wicker picnic basket by Maison Goyard, the exclusive Parisian trunk maker. Its wooden frame, fitted with goyardine canvas and encased in wicker; the natural-leather-lined lid; the two trays and the leather closure straps have all been custom-made since 1853 in the Maison’s workshops.

A summer ritual immortalized by the painter Édouard Manet in 1863, the picnic is a characteristically French tradition. The term itself — a contraction of the expression “piquer (meaning to nibble) des niques (things of little value)” — is coined in the 13th century. During the Middle Ages, the picnic is a frugal pursuit undertaken by the French aristocracy wh [...]

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