Admittedly, I have a very strong stomach when it comes to the thought of potentially ruining one of my handbags. Not only am I desensitized to their presence because of my job, but I wholeheartedly believe that they are functional objects and meant to be used as such, and even with proper care, most will wear out eventually and need to be retired. But even with my cavalier attitude toward handbag lifespans, I can’t imagine feeling anything less than totally nervous carrying the Lanvin Plage Beach Straw Tote to the actual seashore.

Not only is the bag incredibly light in color, but it’s also in the four-figure price range that you would expect for a Lanvin bag. I could carry this to the five-star spa at a very chichi resort on the beach, but as far as actual sand goes, I’ll leave that to a much less expensive alternative.

Anyone who’s ever been to an expensive resort has seen women wear designer heels and carry expensive handbags right up to the water, though, and I can’t imagine that those women would balk at the idea of loading this thing up with beach towels and sunscreen. Are you one of them? Could you bring yourself (and your budget) to use this bag as Lanvin clearly intends? Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1250.

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