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Gift idea for bakers: a cloth pie carrier in organic cotton

Cloth pie carrier from Aplat in San Francisco works for bowls and plates, too. Carry your dish to a dinner party in style.

Cloth pie carrier from Aplat in San Francisco works for bowls and plates, too. Carry your dish to a dinner party in style.

(Albert Law / Aplat Inc.)

Here’s a gift for all those avid pie bakers out there. Instead of a basket or box, they can tote that freshly made pie to a dinner party in a cloth carrier. Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?

The carrier is made by San Francisco company Aplat.

“A plat,” which translates as “a dish” or “is flat” in French,” is also the name that designer Shujan Bertrand gave her handy carrier, which allows you to slide the pie in without disturbing its crust or filling. Two handles meet in the center, ensuring your dessert stays upright and doesn’t tip. The carrier comes in two sizes -- regular (15 inches by 15 inches, which accommodates a 13-inch round plate or smaller), starting at $42, and wide (15 inches by 16.5 inches, which holds a 9-by-13-inch rectangular plate or smaller) starting at $48.

Order your a plat in natural organic cotton canvas lined in a plum, honey, olive or avocado color; or in stone lined with red, avocado, blue, nutmeg or persimmon. Raw denim is slightly more expensive.

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And it’s not just for pies. The totes can also hold bowls or plates, even a donabe.

Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, the San Francisco-based designer also makes soft cloth totes designed to hold the flowers you’ve just bought at the farmers market, over-the-shoulder wine totes for one or two bottles, and special totes to carry and store baguettes.

Online shoppers get free standard USPS shipping for the holidays.

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