Entrepreneur

Laura Benson has been running her home-based business, Jeanne Beatrice — importing and selling hand-woven Moroccan baskets — for the past five years. With a 12-year-old daughter and husband at home for the holidays, keeping up with the demands of her business and family life is a juggling act, especially since the holiday season is…

Mpls St Paul

STYLE MAKER: BASKET LADY LAURA BENSON’S FRENCH MARKET BAGS DELIVER A HOME STORAGE SOLUTION THAT’S TRES CHIC. BY MEGAN KAPLAN “If you told me 10 years ago that I’d be importing bags from Morocco for a living, I’d have called you crazy,” says Laura Benson. The former attorney and stay-at-home mom reinvented herself when her…

Big Commerce

Laura Benson was educated as a lawyer, but law was never her passion. It was only during a family trip to France that she discovered what she really wanted to do. There she saw the popularity of market baskets — reusable, eco-friendly woven bags used to carry everything from groceries to clothing. The idea for Jeanne…