History

Our name, Past Basket. We admit, it is unusual. To get a true appreciation of who we are and where we’ve come from, we have to start at the very beginning.

Past Basket began as a small retail outlet offering artisan-made products for the home. It was the brainchild of Linda McFadden, a woman as unique as the items she sold. Located in a tiny room within what is now Town House Books in St. Charles, IL, Past Basket opened in 1976. The shop was was a mecca for discerning collectors of American folk art, antiques and primitive pieces. And the name? Linda loved things from the past; the store was small, only slightly larger than a basket. This – is as close as we can come to determining how Linda decided on the name Past Basket. We hope it suffices because it’s really all we’ve got.

Her shop eventually moved to Geneva, IL’s historic downtown, gaining a reputation for artfully imagined displays, and unique artisan selections. As the business evolved, kitchen design was added to their credentials by Linda’s husband, Dave. For over 25 years, Past Basket Design has been creating the kitchens of our client’s dreams.

Linda acquired pieces for the store as if she were decorating her own home, selecting each item for its beauty and quality. The range of the shop’s inventory, from bedding to handbags to a burgeoning floral design division, was limited only by her boundless creativity and innate design ability to connect old and new across a vast spectrum of styles.

Seeing opportunity in the North, Linda and husband Dave launched Past Basket’s flagship Wisconsin store in Kohler, WI in 1991. An inspirational space, the Kohler store became a destination for anyone with an appreciation for beauty and design. Recognizing that many Past Basket – Kohler customers were from the Milwaukee area prompted the 2001 opening of our third location in Milwaukee. In 2006, Past Basket Kohler formally merged with our Milwaukee store.

Past Basket Milwaukee is well regarded in the midwest and is known as Wisconsin’s premier destination for tableware, bedding and wedding registry. Highly qualified, helpful and approachable associates are hallmark traits of the Past Basket team. This customer first focus gives founders Dave and Linda great pride and inspires them to still be very active in the evolution of all that is Past Basket.