While going through literally thousands of pictures of Alessandra Ambrosio yesterday, one thing struck me above all else: being Alessandra Ambrosio must be a pretty great gig. The Victoria's Secret superstar has two beautiful children, a handsome husband and an enormously successful career predicated on her own innate attractiveness. On top of all that, she doesn't seem to sweat the paparazzi nonsense too much, unlike some of the celebs we've profiled in the past. Alessandra's taste in handbags more or less goes along with that attitude - laid back but luxurious, with lots of crossbody bags and options suitable for a mom of two young kids. If that mom is also a Brazilian lingerie model, anyway.
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As you might imagine, a jet-setting supermodel with a fashion-photog husband often finds herself at the airport. When it's time to travel, Alessandra's carry-on of choice is her Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Eole Rolling Duffel. This time, it's topped with a Givenchy Antigona Tote. Get your own Eole for $2,360 via Louis Vuitton and pick up a similar Antigona for $1,240 via Barneys.
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In this case, Alessandra's Damier Eole forms a stack topped by a blue Mulberry Alexa Bag. (Models, they're just like us - they sometimes schlep their own luggage!) Buy through Intermix for $1,500.
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For this trip, Alessandra went a little lighter - just her Balenciaga Giant Covered Work Bag and an airport-requisite neck pillow. Shop Balenciaga via Barneys.
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Orange seems to be a bit of an airport go-to color for Alessandra - check out her Gerard Darel Simple Tote. Shop Simple Totes via Gerard Darel.
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Absent any orange, Alessandra will fly with this Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2012 Striped Hobo. Shop Ferragamo via Saks.
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Remember that blue Mulberry Alexa Bag we showed you atop a pile of luggage? It's one of Alessandra's favorite bags. Buy through Intermix for $1,500.
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It's not the only Mulberry Alexa in her collection - this white faux python version gets some occasional love as well. Shop Mulberry via Net-a-Porter.
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Alessandra's fondness for embossed python extends to this Alice + Olivia Olivia Satchel. Get the lizard-embossed version for $495 via Neiman Marcus.
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Embossed exotics, you said? The trim on this Alexander Wang Emile Tote fits the bill. Shop Alexander Wang via ShopBop.
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Alessandra's Alexander Wang Tri-Fold Bag also has some subtle exotic embossing to it. Shop Alexander Wang via ShopBop.
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If you look closely, you can also see the embossed croc in the suede of this Givenchy Pandora Bag, which I'd wager is Alessandra's favorite of all time, based on how often she carries it. Get grey leather version for $1,965 via Barneys.
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Not only is this Stella McCartney Falabella Bag not real python, but it's not even real leather. Pick up a similar Falabella for $1,545 via Neiman Marcus.
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Alessandra's Celine Phantom Luggage Tote, on the other hand, is definitely real leather. No crocodiles were harmed in its making, though.
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As far as I can tell, though, Alessandra's Loewe Amazona Tote is real-deal ostrich. Get it in black leather for $2,150 via Neiman Marcus.
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Her Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Bag, on the other hand, is up for the embossed-versus-real debate. Shop Dolce & Gabbana via Nordstrom.
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As much as exotics, both real and faux, are fun. I love some good ol' leather a la this Celine Classic Box Bag.
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Alessandra has a thing for Celine - check out her Celine Trapeze Bag.
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And to round out the bunch, her Celine Shoulder Luggage Tote - a variation of the famous It Bag that was made toward the beginning of the bag's lifespan.
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For a woman who lives primarily in California and has mostly a very relaxed personal style, Alessandra's bag choices tend to be more tailored than you'd expect. For instance, the only fringe we found in her bag collection was on this Salvatore Ferragamo Fringe Tassel Hobo. Shop Ferragamo via Saks.
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Even Alessandra's little neon crossbody, the MICHAEL Michael Kors Mini Selma Crossbody, is trim and rather subdued. As subdued as neon can be, anyway. Get it in black or grey via Bloomingdale's for $178.
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Alessandra and Michael Kors bags get along quite well - she looks great with the Michael Kors Miranda Calf Hair Tote. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1,595.
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The Valentino VaVaVoom Shoulder Bag is another casual-but-glam choice. Buy the blue version for $1,795 via Intermix.
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Alessandra's Balenciaga Giant City Bag makes me want to dig some of my older Bals out of the closet. Shop Balenciaga via Barneys.
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An Hermes Birkin is a little bit more ladylike than most of Alessandra's bags, but she makes it work all the same.
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Alessandra likes her casual-cool Chloe Paraty Bag quite a bit. Buy the new ivory version for $2,395 via Net-a-Porter.
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Tan is a classic choice for the Chloe Marcie. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $2,395.
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As you might expect of a supermodel, Alessandra dresses up pretty well for a night out, like with this white frock and an Alexander McQueen Crystal Britannia Union Jack Clutch. Buy the black version for $2,295.
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A white look works equally well with the Christian Louboutin Studded Mina Clutch. Buy through Barneys for $1,895.
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Leave it to Alessandra to make "fancy shorts" a workable evening look. (Along with her Lanvin Miss Sartorial Clutch, natch.) Shop Lanvin via Neiman Marcus.
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As a brand, Alessandra seems to love her Chanel bags the best. She's carried this large-quilt Chanel Flap Bag for years.
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For a more traditionally ladylike look, Alessandra has her snow white Chanel Classic Flap Bag.
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This little Chanel Quilted Pouch represents Alessandra's style pretty well - casual and luxurious.
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We'd steal Alessandra's Chanel Python Classic Flap Bag in a heartbeat.