Angelina Jolie is one of the closest people we currently have to a traditional movie star, and love her or hate her, what she wears is always notable, even if she often seems to be deliberately attempting to make sure it's not. She doesn't always carry handbags (usually because she's also carrying a child or two), but when she does, her choices are often just as interesting for what they're not as for what they are.
Unlike every other celebrity that we've profiled in our The Many Bags series, Angelina appears to own no Hermes, no Chanel, not even any Givenchy or Goyard. Instead, she's faithful almost fully to Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent, both before and after the hacking-off of the "Yves." In handbags, just as in seemingly everything else in her life from childbirth to activism, Angelina does it her way.
Louis Vuitton Cabas Piano Tote
Angelina Jolie was once the mother of only one child and a woman who wore a T-shirt and jeans to get ice cream. It seems like that cannot possibly be true, but here we are.
Hammitt Bel Air Diaper Bag
One of the biggest misconceptions about Angelina is that everything she wears is super expensive; in reality, she's just as likely to cheat on Saint Laurent and Vuitton with a contemporary brand as with something super expensive.
Storksak Gigi Chocolate Diaper Bag
Everyone needs a place to put the bottles and changing pad, even one of the most famous women on the planet.
Louis Vuitton Cabas Mezzo Tote
This bag is probably the one most closely tied to Angelina. She carried the Cabas Mezzo for years, and her love for the bag helped spark her close relationship with Louis Vuitton.
Botkier Sasha Satchel
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Probably the only thing that Angelina and I have in common is our ownership of this Botkier bag. I'll take it.
Gerard Darel Dublin 24 Hour Bag
Of all the bags I found on Angelina's arm, this one is easily the most out of character. Maleficent with a pom pom bag!
Valentino Histoire Bag
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As we showed you last week, Angelina has a Histoire and so does little Zahara.
Akris Ai Tote
$1,670 via Bergdorf Goodman
When Akris debuted handbags, Angelina's use of this bag made it big fashion news.
Cartier Marcello de Cartier Shopping Tote
$2,320 via Cartier
The Marcello de Cartier is a bag we see in celeb collections regularly but that I've never spotted on anyone in the wild, not even in the designer handbag heaven of New York's Upper East Side.
Julie K Weekender Tote
Yet another example that Angelina's an equal-opportunity bag carrier.
Loewe Amazona Bag
$2,400 via Net-a-Porter
With Angelina's penchant for dark neutrals, this beige Amazona almost qualifies as a bright.
Chloe Aurore Padlock Tote
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This bag is like the reincarnated Ghost of Paddingtons Past.
Stella McCartney Grace Shoulder Bag
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Angelina's not much for shoulder bags, it seems, but this one fits her other bag requirements (black, relatively nondescript) perfectly.
Saint Laurent Suede Sac de Jour Bag
$2,950 via farfetch.com
Since Hedi Slimane took the reigns at Saint Laurent, Angelina's been constantly photographed wearing and carrying his clothes and bags. She looks so damn good in Saint Laurent that even I, a huge Slimane skeptic, can't deny it.
Louis Vuitton Sac Plat Tote
$1,350 via Louis Vuitton
Angelina has that effect on things; seeing multiple photos of her with Louis Vuitton monogram bags feels like it's already improved my opinion of the iconic print.
Tom Ford Carine Shoulder Bag
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I feel like Angelina would already have a Tom Ford bag named after her if Jennifer Aniston weren't such a good friend of the brand.
Louis Vuitton SC Clutch
$2,220 via Louis Vuitton
A lack of an SC Satchel to go along with this clutch seems like a glaring gap in Angelina's handbag collection.
Jimmy Choo Tube Clutch
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Jimmy Choo clutches are red carpet go-tos for almost all of Hollywood, and Angelina's no exception. Naturally, though, hers is rather inconspicuous.
Yves Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc Tote
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Angelina was a fan of Saint Laurent before it dropped the Yves and added Hedi Slimane, but she wasn't quite so ardent as she is now.
Louis Vuitton Lockit PM Bondage Clutch
This gorgeous little Vuitton clutch is the flashiest thing, both literally and figuratively, in Jolie's collection.
Ralph Lauren Bedford Bag
$2,250 via Ralph Lauren
Slick, black, expensive-looking; this Ralph Lauren bag is the Platonic ideal of what you'd expect Angelina Jolie to carry.
Salvatore Ferragamo Britta Tote
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With its traditional sensibilities and general lack of obvious branding, you'd expect Angelina to carry a lot more Ferragamo.
Saint Laurent Lutetia Clutch
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Suede is a non-traditional choice for evening, but Angelina makes it look like the most natural thing in the world.
Louis Vuitton Metis Shoulder Bag
$1,960 via Louis Vuitton
For the nay-sayers, this photo is a pretty strong argument for the idea that Louis Vuitton's monogram can still look totally chic.
Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandouliere Bag
$1,740 via Louis Vuitton
Some sort of Vuitton luggage is mandatory in all celebrity closets.
Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag
$6,050 via Louis Vuitton
Angelina was among the first to carry the Capucines when it was new, so it'll be interesting to see when and if she shows up with a Soft Lockit.
Saint Laurent Betty Mini Shoulder Bag
$1,304 via MATCHESFASHION.COM
She'd have to make room for the Soft Lockit around all the Saint Laurent that recently arrived in her wardrobe, of course.
Saint Laurent Calf Hair Sac de Jour
$3,843 via MATCHESFASHION.COM
See what I mean?
Of all the bags in Angelina's collection, this one is the only true mystery to us. If you recognize it, educate us in the comments.
Louis Vuitton Satchel
If you know the name of this Louis Vuitton bag, let us know!
Saint Laurent Cassandre Lisse Shopper Tote
$2,650 via Nordstrom
On the other hand, there's no confusion over this bag.