Here are a few musings on that. No answers, just some sorting-out.
First, it's tough to make a basket for functional, daily use that will compete on price with imported baskets. If I were making practical baskets, I would like my work to be a price-competitive option, because I want us all to be able to 'buy local' and support the local economy; and I'm sensitive to the final say of a person's budget.
A brainstorm of Practical Baskets for City Life:
toy baskets, easter baskets
knitting project baskets
Second, so far I haven't really made very practical baskets ; I'm making pretty baskets. I'm making baskets about light and beauty and nature, not really functional or 'necessary' for daily use. They assume a level of disposable, discretionary income on the part of the purchaser, one who has money to spend on lovely things to decorate the home. So in that sense, the baskets that I am making really are relevant to my urban life, since the sort of material obsession that fuels purchases of exclusive decorative objects is concentrated in urban centres.
One of my professors at NSCAD, Naoko Furue, once said, "Don't make practical; practical comes from China!" She was counselling a group of would-be professional artisans and craftspeople on making a living in their trade, and though I know that there's a lot of truth to what she says, I struggle with it. I would like to be relevant to a person's daily life and wellbeing, and 'pretty' and other marketing tags, like 'handmade by local artisan', don't feel like substance enough.