I have a friend who brings her Prada bag to the beach. She’s a sensible girl at heart, and her attitude about her bag is that it’s hers, it’s saffiano and it should be able to put up with a little sand every now and then. And largely, she’s right – it never looks any worse for the wear.

Talking about that with her got me thinking about the bags that we see celebrities toting to the beach. During this time of year, our photo agency has plenty of photos of stars sunning themselves with expensive handbags in tow, and to investigate their choices (spoiler alert: lots of Louis Vuitton), we’ve assembled several dozen images of celebs and their beach bags below.

Here’s Anne Hathaway filming The Intern in Manhattan, and that is indeed Robert DeNiro in a couple of these shots. Anne, or her character, in this case, is carrying a natural leather Céline Classic Box Bag. In a shocking twist, the intern in question is actually Robert DeNiro, and not Anne Hathaway. Which makes sense, because if you’ve ever interned in this city, you know the idea of being able to afford a Céline bag while interning full-time is somewhat laughable.

Anne’s new movie, as you might’ve already deduced, is a comedy about a fashion website that brings on an elderly intern (DeNiro), in a shameless bid for yucks, or possibly some sort of tax break. I’m betting DeNiro will mispronounce a lot of designer names, but then totally school everyone with some serious old-person life lessons. While you wait for this movie to hit theaters, have a look at “The Many Bags of Anne Hathaway,” which is definitely due for a follow-up post.

Here’s Jessica Alba, heading into the Honest Company offices for a meeting, carrying a two-tone Smythson 1887 Tote with pink panels. This is a brand new bag from this heritage luxury leather goods brand, and I like it quite a bit. It’s simple but sophisticated; fairly unassuming, yet clearly well-crafted. You can find a luxe, black leather, wear-with-everything version for $2,495 at Smythson.

Jessica has one of the largest and most varied handbag collections of any celebrity. Any bag you’ve bought in the last two or three years probably passed through Jessica’s hands several weeks before it was officially released. You can marvel at the sheer volume of her bag collection in “The Many Bags of Jessica Alba” and “The Many Bags of Jessica Alba, Part 2.”

Here’s a blue-haired Nicole Richie, making the press rounds in NYC for her new reality show Candidly Nicole. (Yes, Nicole Richie is returning to reality television, for reasons I don’t completely understand.) She’s carrying the largest size of the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Tote, which is definitely its most Birkin-esque variation. Nicole’s bag is currently available for $2,950 at Barneys.

Ever since her departure from the reality TV show The Simple Life (which first aired over a decade ago), Nicole has worked to redeem herself for her vapid, Juicy Couture tracksuit-wearing reality TV persona by rebranding herself as a celeb style maven and fashion designer. I doubt a new reality show could possibly undermine all that, but only time will tell. In the meantime, you can peruse all of Nicole’s luxe handbag picks in “The Many Bags of Nicole Richie.”

Paris Couture Week brings out not only the best of the best in clothing on the runways, but its attendees are also a very particular sort. Because couture stands separate from the roving circus of the four big ready-to-wear fashion weeks, it tends to attract a more well-edited set of attendees, industry insiders and celebrities alike. Just like we do with every major fashion week, we’ve taken the liberty of analyzing just what kind of handbags these lucky invite-holders toted to the shows, and you can see the results below.

Here’s supermodel Miranda Kerr, doing Miranda Kerr things on an especially steamy, 93-degree day in New York City and making an intentionally exposed black bralet look ridiculously chic, somehow. (Strangely enough, the woman standing behind her is trying the exact same thing. I’d say Miranda wears it better, but I might be biased by my insane girl crush on MK.) Miranda is carrying a black Hermes Birkin, natch.

Unless you just landed here, you probably know that Miranda is one of our favorite celebs to feature on PurseBlog and TalkShoes; her accessories picks usually trump every other celeb’s bag and/or shoes on any given day. You can see all of her exceptional fashion ensembles in “The Many Bags of Miranda Kerr”, “The Many Bags of Miranda Kerr, Part 2″, and “The Many Shoes of Miranda Kerr.”

Here’s Kourtney Kardashian, enjoying a night out with Scott Disick in the city after returning from an extended romp in the Hamptons with the fam. The couple dined at NYC’s super-trendy (and, from what I’ve heard, super delicious) Italian-American restaurant Carbone. Kourtney’s bag of choice for the occasion was a Celine Tie Tote, which we’ve seen her carrying before.

Now that it’s July, I’m coming around to this oversized Celine style a little more. It may not be the next Phantom Luggage Tote, but it does seem to make a superb summer carryall. Speaking of that infamous “It” bag, the Kardashian sisters make quite a few appearances in our round-up of celebrities who are totally devoted to the bag.

Here’s Gwen Stefani, leaving an acupuncturist’s office in LA, carrying a perfectly Gwen-appropriate Christian Louboutin Panettone Spiked Satchel. (Honestly, I haven’t seen Gwen Stefani looking this Gwen Stefani in quite some time.) This multicolored spiked version of the Panettone is punk, hippie and luxe, all in one, just like Gwen. You can find this exact bag for $2,195 at Net-a-Porter.

Everyone knows that Gwen is an eclectic gal with a bold sense of style, and thus, her handbag choices are always infinitely more interesting than whatever “It” bag is on the arm of 80% of other celebs at any given moment. She doesn’t have her own edition of “Many Bags” just yet, but you can check out some of her best bags in “The Many Bags of Celebrity Moms”.

It wasn’t that long ago that Givenchy was just another luxury brand in LVMH’s significant stable. A few years ago, though, a streetwear sensibility started to leak into Riccardo Tisci’s gothic leanings and couture mastery, and ever since then, the brand’s signature graphic T-shirts, luxe sneakers and, more than anything, iconic handbags have been on the backs, feet and arms of basically every famous person on the planet. Today, we’re here to investiage the popularity of one piece in particular: the Givenchy Antigona Bag.

Despite being years old, the Antigona seems to be only growing in popularity, with even the most basic colors and materials sometimes hard to find toward the end of the season. In one version or another, its hung from the arms of the most beautiful and talented women in the world in amazing numbers, and we’ve collected several dozen pieces of proof of its popularity below.

Here’s Taylor Swift, leaving the gym in NYC in the cutest post-gym outfit ever, carrying what is undoubtedly her favorite bag of the year: the Dolce & Gabbana Sara Bag. You can find a slightly more formal, brocade version of the Sara on sale for $1,274 (down from $1,820) at MATCHESFASHION.COM. It’s worth noting that this site is now offering free shipping and free returns (with full refunds on duties for returns) for US customers with the coupon code USAFREE.

Taylor loves this bag so much, we penned an extensive post about her love affair with the D&G Sara all the way back in April. In other news, is anyone else alarmed by the number of full grown, (presumably non-paparazzi) men that are standing around taking smartphone photos of Taylor? How about the guy who is obviously waiting to filch whatever she threw in the trash and list it on eBay?

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