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Japanese bamboo picnic basket reborn as handbag

Los Angeles retailer Cult Gaia taps the appeal of wooden wear in a re-issue of a classic Japanese picnic basket. Selling at $98 for large versions and $88 for small ones, the contemporary bamboo baskets compared favorably with the original, available for $95 from an Etsy vendor.

Martha Stewart American Made Opens Store at Amazon Handmade

Martha Stewart's American Made furniture and home furnishings line opened a store at Amazon's Handmade marketplace, leaving eBay where it opened in 2013. The online custom woodworking and maker markets are heating, with Custommade.com trailing and Etsy facing big challenges for the custom made crafts marketplace. Handmade at Amazon, launched Oct. 8, 2015, has more than 200,000 items from 10,000 approved artisans.

Etsy Invites Manufacturers to Supply Its Sellers

Etsy is opening Etsy Manufactruring, a marketplace for its online sellers to find and connect directly with manufacturers. The move is a departure from its individual crafter-sales model. Etsy says it will launch later this year, with wholesale manufacturers restricted to the U.S. and Canada supplying four categories of its online merchants: apparel and textiles, machining and fabrication, printing, and jewelry and metalwork.