Sure, you could use your canvas backpack or leather tote as a beach bag—or you could haul around your towel, SPF, snacks, and sneaky stash of joints (shhh…) in a seasonally appropriate straw bag decked out with pom-poms, tassels, and/or fringe.
Clearly, we’re in favor of the latter. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that right now there are a few brands updating the time-honored vacation style for the Instagram generation (see: bright colors, punchy stripes, and slouchy sling styles) and committing to socially and environmentally responsible production while they’re at it. A few of our favorites at the moment: Kayu (handcrafted in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia), Mar Y Sol (fair-trade-made in Madagascar), and Aaks (handwoven in Ghana at a rate of one bag a week).
Ahead, shop 16 straw bags to tote to the beach and beyond this summer.