If you think that “luxe straw tote” is a contradiction in terms, I don’t blame you. That’s a totally logical position to hold, and one that I happen to hold myself. In fact, the Balenciaga Panier Basket Totes are the exception that proves the rule; that they’re so chic that they make almost all the other high-end options look like exactly what they are – overpriced straw bags.

If you’re grousing at the notion of paying a grand, give or take a hundred bucks, for a straw tote bag, I understand your consternation. On the bright side, super-seasonal styles like these often go on sale at the end of the season, and sometimes even end up with steep discounts. If you’re the type of person to whom a thousand dollars is not a great deal of money, shop now for the best selection of colors. Either way, we’ve got our picks for the best of the season from Balenciaga after the jump.


Balenciaga Cobalt Panier Basket Tote, $1165 via Neiman Marcus


Balenciaga Multicolor Panier Basket Tote, $975 via Neiman Marcus


Balenciaga Raffia Basket XS, $895 via Balenciaga


Balenciaga Marine Panier Basket Tote, $995 via Neiman Marcus

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