This past Saturday marked the official beginning of summer, according to nature, although the rest of us have been enjoying warm weather and leaving the office a little early on Fridays for weeks now. I celebrated this scientific designation by heading to the beach for a day, but if I were to turn a trip like that into a long weekend, I’d want the Herschel Malibu Collection Novel Duffel at my side. (more…)
This weekend, I’m set to make my first beach pilgrimage of the season, and with almost all schools out for the summer and July 4 quickly approaching, I likely won’t be the only one seeing sand for the first time in a year. Naturally, that kind of outing presents a few very specific accessories challenges, and we’re here to solve them with a bevy of beautiful beach bags.
Whether you’re planning to hop a bus from Manhattan to the Far Rockaways or board a yacht in Saint-Tropez, we have a beach bag that will fit your budget just as well as it fits your towel, sunscreen and beach book. Check out well over a dozen of our favorites below.
Tomorrow, I set off for a week in Georgia to visit my family and attend my college’s spring football scrimmage, so I’ve been thinking a lot about travel bags in lieu of, you know, actually packing a travel bag. They’re the unsung heroes of the leather goods industry – they do a lot of work, and none of it is in optimal conditions, no matter how many ads leather goods brands show us that depict beautiful Italian men loading immaculate weekenders into the back seats of vintage convertibles.
In a practical sense, the Ben Minkoff Oversized Weekender might offer the best of both worlds at the best price you’ll find for a full leather bag of this size. Saffiano is among the most durable leathers you’ll find, and the largely black colorway, reinforced corners and multiple carry options will help resist wear. Based on its scale relative to the model in East Dane’s product pictures, it’d easily hold enough to cover your needs for a long weekend trip, and for a lengthier travel time, it’d make a solid carry-on. For less than $500, you can’t ask for much more. Buy through East Dane for $450.
[Editor's Note: Over the next two weeks, while we celebrate Christmas and New Year's with our families and friends, we'll be adding some of our most popular posts of the past few years to our daily coverage, updated with new photos and information. Because today is one of the busiest travel days of the year, we'll start off with this new-and-improved look at how celebrities travel with their Louis Vuitton Luggage.] (more…)
Say you’re a person who owns a lot of designer bags. (That shouldn’t be too much of a stretch, if you’re already here.) You’re probably used to a certain level of quality and luxury in the things you carry, and when it comes time to get on a plane, you probably find your luggage a little bit underwhelming. Black Samsonite is functional and reasonably durable, of course, but the thrill just isn’t there. The good news is that your favorite brand probably has a designer suitcase ready for all your travel needs. (more…)
I went to the beach this weekend. On the surface, that sounds simple enough, but I am not a regular beach-goer. I’ve always loved the ocean, but I tend to be too much of a city-dweller to make it there with any regularity, and as of this weekend’s trip, it had been nearly two years since my most recent previous beach jaunt, and along with that, the last time I packed a beach bag. In that time, I had managed to forget a few things: I’m really pale, I don’t own a proper beach towel and my sunscreen-applying skills are at a third-grade level, among other things. (I didn’t even own a bathing suit?) I paid for some of those mistakes on my otherwise perfect beach day, and as a result, I’ve come to make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes I did on any impending vacations you may have planned.
Beach packing may seem logical, but packing is always a bit tricky because the excitement of the event can tend to take over the more sensible side of your brain. That’s especially true of the beach – colorful coverups! beach snacks! playlists for the car ride! Below, a guide to what we’d bring with us on the perfect beach day. Which may be next weekend, if we play our cards right.
When fashion writers talk about travel, we’re mostly concerned with what you’re going to take and what you’re going to put it in. Our advice ends where your trip begins, and after that, you’re largely on your own. Anyone who’s actually been on vacation, especially to the beach, knows that’s insufficient – packing to get home takes way more skill than packing to leave home. There are fewer choices, sure, but there’s a lot more opportunity for disaster. That’s where the nifty, colorful little Flight 001 Go Clean Packables come in.
I’m not a particularly skilled packer to begin with, and when it comes time to stuff dirty underthings, wet bathing suits, sandy beach dresses and sandals that are likely both wet AND sandy back inside my suitcase, which I don’t want to ruin, alongside clothes that aren’t yet afflicted by water, sand or both, my ability to make practical decisions goes straight out the window. Sometimes (sometimes) I remember to put an old pillow case inside my suitcase to contain my dirty clothes, but even that doesn’t particularly help with wet bathing suits or dirty shoes, and it’s certainly not organized. If I were of the gym-going persuasion, I’m sure that sweaty things would be a concern as well. (I am decidedly not of the gym-going persuasion.)
Flight 001′s nylon pouches, bags and totes all come with attendant pouches of their own, which makes them easy to fit into even the snuggest suitcases and keep organized until you need them. When the time comes, pull out the larger bags to safely stow unpleasant clothes and shoes, all in clearly labeled, brightly colored fashion. Each bag’s carrying case can then also be used to store smaller bits and pieces that you want to keep separate from your general suitcase. Getting home from vacation in one piece sounds easier already, doesn’t it?
Flight 001 Go Clean Beach Bag Set
$66 via ShopBop
Flight 001 Go Clean Laundry Bag
$22 via ShopBop
Flight 001 Go Clean Lingerie Bag
$20 via ShopBop
Flight 001 Go Clean Shoe Bag Set
$24 via ShopBop
Flight 001 Go Clean Gym Gear Bag
$24 via ShopBop
Let me guess: it’s already Monday, and this wasn’t the weekend you fulfilled your fantasy of going on a spontaneous weekend road trip to the nearest beach or beach-like area. I feel ya – I didn’t do that this weekend, either. There’s always next weekend, though, and the weekend after that; in fact, spring and summer are full of weekends in which I might become the spontaneous beach-goer I would sincerely like to be. To prepare for becoming my most ideal self, I’ve picked some awesome, relatively affordable Coach travel bag staples that would certainly complete the aesthetic picture on my weekend getaway.
Summer weekend travel can have such a great style to it – after all, who doesn’t want to be the woman leaving the office with a chic weekender in woven jute or light leather, filled to the brim with linen shorts and bathing suits? I wish I were that person right this minute, and the week has only just begun. With Coach’s all-American aesthetic and heritage, the brand is perfect for the classic weekend getaway. Shop the full Coach travel selection, including lots of great small pieces, via Coach.com.
Coach Bleecker Canvas Cabin Bag
$698 via Coach
Coach Legacy Archive Leather Suitcase
$998 via Coach
Coach Bleecker Pebbled Leather Cabin Bag
$898 via Coach
Coach Bleecker Beach Cavas Tote
$448 via Coach
Coach Washed Canvas Beach Tote
$348 via Coach
Coach Bleecker Legacy Small Luggage Tag
$38 via Coach
If you attended an American college in the last decade or so, then you’ve probably had a Longchamp bag in your life at some point. Even if you didn’t own one (I never had the urge), you probably knew a slew of girls who swore by theirs as a constant companion during time on campus. Plenty of ladies have graduated their Longchamp nylon totes into utilitarian post-collegiate work-wear as well, but until today, I had no idea that the company also made men’s bags.
I suppose the Longchamp Boxford Travel bag may not technically be a men’s bag; it’s listed as a travel option, after all, and those tend to be unisex. Bloomingdale’s considers it a member of the store’s men’s department, though, so I’m going to go with it. As it turns out, I was simply ignorant of the entire line, which includes leather briefcases and messenger bags as well. The things you learn from the Googles.
Of them all, though, I’m still particularly fond of this carryall. You can clearly see the signature Longchamp styling in it, but it’s been taken in a sturdier, more masculine direction. I could see both men and women using this bag proudly on a weekend adventure, and perhaps if you’re lucky, you’ll have one in your future. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $320.