Snob Essentials

Lanvin, Valentino, and Jimmy Choo Totes: The Final Straw


A refreshing straw tote is one of the most wonderful ways to welcome in spring. The straw tote is timeless – like espadrilles, it re-emerges every year, so go ahead and splurge. It also has a transportive quality. Sometimes I need to feel like I’m on vacation even when I’m not. I’ll take a sunny day to shop by the beach with my straw bag in tow, and it rejuvenates me. Happiness is being carefree and lighthearted, which is just what these bags say to me – grab one and toss your worries aside.

Not only do these totes have more than enough room for holiday-worthy accessories, like sunglasses, flip-flops, and frivolous reading material, they have intriguing details that make them stand out from the rest.

Lanvinicon ($1,190, expected to ship on February 7th) spices up earthy jute with contrasting canvas trim and a beachy tassel charm that will swish happily with each move. Or take a stronger approach with Jimmy Chooicon ($895). The hearty structure of this tote means it will keep it shape, and patent-leather handles compliment the zebra-print interior, for safari-meets-city edge. The Glamorous toteicon ($3,745) by Valentino might be a big investment, but it’s exactly that – thanks to exquisite lace embroidery, woven straw rarely looks so exceptional. Airy and delicate, this bag has the whimsy of a precious antique.




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