The Many Bags of Bravolebrities

Monday night’s episode of Real Housewives of Orange County got me thinking – if you look carefully, you can spy lots of designer handbag goodies in a ton of different Bravo shows, not just on the cast of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or dangling from the arm of reality-star-turned-lady-liquor-mogul Bethenny Frankel. The paparazzi might not follow the rest of the Bravolebrities quite as ardently, but that doesn’t make their bags any less worth looking at.

In that spirit, we’ve rounded up as many Bravo reality stars as we could find pictures of, from veteran Real Housewives to harried reality TV housekeepers, carrying their best bags. Check out the spoils of our search below, and if we left out your favorite Bravolebrity, fret not – this post will definitely be getting a sequel.

Because Real Housewives of Orange County rookie cast member Lydia McLaughlin inspired this post, we’ll start with her and her Louis Vuitton Sunshine Express Monogram Speedy.

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Lydia’s not the only Vuitton-loving OC cast mate – OG Housewife Vicki Gunvalson loves her Louis Vuitton Brea Bag. Buy through Louis Vuitton for $2,700.

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OC star Tamra Barney doesn’t go as flashy or expensive with her bags and shoes as most Housewives – the only recognizable thing we found her carrying was this Tory Burch Bombe Burch Tote. $450 via Neiman Marcus.

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Alexis Bellino seems to be the Real Housewives of Orange County star who loves Hermes Birkins the most.

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Not only does Alexis have a big orange Birkin that she carries frequently, but she also has this smaller black Hermes Birkin. Cast mate Gretchen Rossi is carrying a bag of her own design in this photo.

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In fact, her own bag line is pretty much all Gretchen Rossi carries, and they all look pretty much like this one does.

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Aside from her Birkins, Alexis also makes time for a little bit of Chanel.

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Alexis isn’t the only Bravolebrity Birkin-lover – Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi has quite a few Hermes Birkins to her credit, including this black version.

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Padma was the only Bravolebrity we found with an exotic Birkin – this Hermes Ostrich Birkin.

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Padma’s Goyard Marquises Tote has a similar feel to a Birkin – subtle, structured, functional.

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That doesn’t mean Padma eschews an occasional bit of slouch, though, like with this Chanel Shoulder Bag.

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Speaking of Chanel, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice loves her Chanel Cabas Tote.

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Somehow, though, Teresa’s Hermes Garden Party Totes seem to be her favorites – who would have guessed that she’d go for something so subtle and luxurious? Buy for $3,075 via Hermes.

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Teresa likes her Hermes Garden Party Totes so much that she has the bag in multiple colors, in fact.

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Not to put too fine a point on it, but this slightly Ed Hardy-esque Gucci Hysteria Tattoo Bag seems much more Teresa’s speed. Shop Gucci via the brand’s online store.

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On the other hand, this Gucci Guccissima Sukey Tote on the arm of Flipping Out star Jenni Pulos is much more sedate. $1,580 via Gucci.

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Jenni’s boss, Flipping Out‘s Jeff Lewis, prefers a Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite Daniel Messenger Bag. Buy through Louis Vuitton for $1,360.

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Even Zoila Chavez, Jeff’s housekeeper on Flipping Out, carries a Louis Vuitton Speedy. $875 via Louis Vuitton.

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Real Housewives of Atlanta breakout star Nene Leakes also loves her Louis, specifically the Louis Vuitton Vernis Alma Bag. Buy through Louis Vuitton for $2,740.

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In her early days on Bravo, Nene was a big Gucci fan. Shop Gucci via the brand’s official store.

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Now that she’s a bona fide actress, in addition to being a reality star, Nene’s public image is a little more polished and her Hermes Birkin is a lot more omnipresent.

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Nene carries her Celine Phantom Luggage Tote even more than her Birkin – when she finds a bag she loves, she’s loyal.

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Nene’s Real Housewives of Atlanta cast mate Phaedra Parks accented her baby bump with a Valentino Rockstud Flap Clutch. $1,495 via Neiman Marcus.

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Former RHOA cast member and star of spinoff Don’t Be Tardy, Kim Zolciak also likes black Valentino – the Valentino Patent Bow Tote, to be exact. Shop Valentino via Neiman Marcus.

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Like so many celebs, when Kim travels, she does so with a Louis Vuitton Eole Suitcase. $2,210 via Louis Vuitton.

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I expected the Real Housewives of New York to have better bags than what I found, but I do like Ramona Singer’s black leather Prada Tote. This is the same bag she was carrying when she plopped down in the seat next to me on the subway a year ago – it was nice in person, too. Shop Prada via Neiman Marcus.

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Real Housewives of New York alum Jill Zarin does pretty well on the handbag front, despite the fact that I’m not sure who made this crocodile bag. (Maybe Nancy Gonzalez?)

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I know a Goyard Belvedere Bag when I see it.

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New Real Housewives of New York cast member Carole Radziwill looks suspicious of the paparazzi, but her Goyard St. Louis Tote looks right at home.

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The best handbag picture I could find of LuAnne du Lesseps is of her standing next to Jill Zarin while Jill is carrying a Louis Vuitton bag from a couple seasons back. Strange for someone who so obviously cares about projecting status, no?

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Shahs of Sunset newcomer Lilly Ghalichi is said to be the richest on the show, and her bags support that notion – her blue jean Hermes Birkin is gorgeous.

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Also noteworthy: Lilly’s Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag.

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Perhaps the best roundup of bags from any Bravo show (besides Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, of course), is that of Real Housewives of Miami. Fan favorite Lisa Hochstein is clearly a fan of the Celine Luggage Tote.

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I don’t think that a baby pink Chanel Grand Shopping Tote is meant to be a beach bag, but don’t tell Lisa that.

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Miami cast mate Karent Sierra is on the right track – at least her MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Tote is mostly raffia, at least. Pick up the leather version for $358 via Nordstrom.

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Adriana De Moura looks like she’s having a good time with her Alexander McQueen Knuckle Duster Clutch. Pick up an orange snakeskin version for $2,295 via Neiman Marcus.

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Speaking of clutches, Lea Black’s sparkly pink evening bag might be the most enormous clutch I’ve ever seen.

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Ana Quincoces’ Bottega Veneta Cabat Tote is also enormous, but in a more appropriate way. Shop Bottega Veneta via Net-a-Porter.

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Alexia Echevarria, on the other hand, went with a petite Chanel Flap Bag. I suspect Marysol Patton’s tote is also Chanel, but I can’t see it well enough to render a verdict.

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Last but not least, Miami’s Joanna Krupa keeps things animal-friendly with a Stella McCartney Falabella Bag. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1,195.

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  • T Tara Bagnista

    I’ve been in love with BV Cabat for years! Unfortunately, the price is out of my budget. I see most of the ladies carry big bags (as do I). According to today’s WSJ, the mini bag is the current trend. Amanda, do you agree?

    • Amanda Mull

      Yep, smaller bags are definitely a trend right now, and personally, I like them better for my own use.

    • twirler

      I feel like I’ll be saving my whole life for a BV Cabat! They’re gorgeous and classic.

  • AshleyG

    Gretchen’s bags look like something you’d fine hanging on the wall of a Cato Fashions in Mississippi (and I’m from MS). But kudos to her for carrying her own crap. I do love these posts though- THANK YOU PURSEBLOG! And super thank you for going back to this viewing option!

    I laughed out loud at but so enjoyed the inclusion of Zoila! The speedy looks adorable in her hands!

    Padma is officially my new e-stalking victim.

    *mouth on the floor* at Teresa and her Garden Party collection- who woulda thunk it?!

  • Harry Avery

    Jill’s Bag is from the first season when she custom makes a bag with some nyc based designer.

  • Jessica

    I remember when watching the first and second season of The Real Housewives of Miami that I always saw Lea Black with multiple exotic birkins. Most of them were crocodile but I did ocassionally see an ostrich. I’m sure if you looked her up on google there would be dozens of pictures ! Also, I know that Louis Vuitton bag Jill is holding in the picture with LuAnn is a few seasons old, but I still really love it. That is one of my regrets having not purchased :(

    • Amanda Mull

      We can only use pictures of celebs that we can purchase from a photo agency, unfortunately! Otherwise, we violate the photo owner’s copyright on the image. I looked through all of the Lea Black images that were available to us and no Birkins, sadly.

      • Jessica

        Ahh I see ! Makes sense now :) Either way, I think you guys did an awesome job of finding great bag pictures !

  • Guest

    Padma’s exotic Birkin is gorgeous. Of course, with her string of rich ex-husbands, aging boyfriends, and millionaire baby daddies, I would expect no less.

  • FashionableLena

    Teresa’s Hermes Garde Party bags are my favorite along with Alexis’ Padma’s green Chanel.
    And Gretchen’s bags remind me of those Kathy Van Zeeland bags that I see on QVC. Pure crap but at least she wears her own product. Like a cheap version of Victoria Beckham. Very, very cheap.

  • keely

    disagree with padma being lumped in with these brain dead housewives

  • Susan Tanya

    Love Alexis Bellino and her bags. She is beautiful and so are her many Hermes! Love love love it!

    • Canuck65

      yeah but are hermes real?

  • Scottsdale Kim

    I question as well the authenticity of Alexis’ Birkin bags. She did admit to wearing a fake wedding ring while keeping her real ring in a vault.

  • Regina George

    Oh my god, no wonder the value of my bags keep depreciating.

  • Jen

    I admire Joanna desire to be cruelty free. I don’t have that kind of discipline. I thoroughly enjoyed this post–Thank you!!

  • Pursejunkie

    Ramona Singer rides the subway?
    Also, I think Lea’s mega-clutch is fantastic!

  • Zachry

    The person who makes Jills bag was a woman whose name started with “B”. She bought the bag season two.

  • Ineedbags

    Does anyone know the style name of this bag!?

  • Kathy Dowdle

    Lea Black’s giant clutch looks like a glittery, rolled-up, yoga mat.

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