Summer bags, the irresistible seasonal accessory. Enough said. These are lightweight simple and (except for one) sanely priced.
J. Crew Garrison satchel, linen and leather, $99.99 on sale.
Blue ikat tote by Etsy seller joesbrand; made by hand. Uzbeki fabric, brown leather bottom, handles and trim, $165.
Metallic Beacon tote, $228 on sale, J. Crew; shown, pale gold, also in pale silver.
Fontanelli Italian flag triple-envelope leather shoulder bag, just in time for the World Cup, $195 from Forzieri.
High end: Bazli raffia and leather tote, Jimmy Choo, $995. A terrifically chic bag, you do get what you pay for, sigh.
Low end: Mint condition Italian raffia and leather-trimmed (in an interesting cork-texture) tote, $5 at Value Village, found by Duchesse!
Stopped in to kill 15 minutes before a lunch date, and there it was. Could Frugal Scholar's karma have been telepathically transmitted?
Beige vintage raffia bag, ca. 1970s, excellent condition, £45 from vintage seller Birdie Num Num.
Barbara Hulanicki (the original Biba) varnished fabric bag for Coccinnelle, $325 from Coccinelle. Available in other colours.
Anthropologie bag made of recycled sails, $130; from Antropologie; price, $125.
For a garden party, a clutch bag with a shoulder chain or strap is smart because you can move about while keeping your hands free for holding a glass or plate.
This Aldo "Trimino" laser-cut clutch comes in peach, bone, or black. It's a synthetic, but looks good; I saw a fashion editor carrying one with her Prada dress.
Price, $40 from Aldo.
Bags of the season, for the sweet, short summer.
Now I will mix the family's new favourite summer drink, the Arnold Palmer: half iced tea, half fresh lemonade. I suppose a shot of white rum would make a pleasing apéritif. Cheers!