1970s | Trendsetting Winnetka

Caro Nan Basket

Caro Nan basket, 1978. Courtesy of Helen and Paul Weaver.


Carolyn McDaniel and Nancy Steele, the duo behind Caro Nan, built a company which created these picnic style baskets turned into purses. Though located in Jacksonville, Mississippi, they designed bags for customers across the country, including this one for Winnetkans. The local shops illustrated on the side include Minna Hart, which commissioned and sold these trendy purses.

The trademark penny on the purse’s lid securely dates the piece to 1978.

Trendsetting Winnetka, narrated by Meagan McChesney