No other bag screams "I'm on vacation" better than a woven raffia or straw tote. And if you have a particularly lavish sartorial taste, then choosing a designer arm candy would be a no-brainer to spruce up your resort-ready looks. Especially for a tropical country like ours where it's practically summer all year round, you can't go wrong with investing in a vacation-worthy basket bag from a luxury fashion house if you have the budget to spare. It's chic, spacious, and perfect to match with your off-duty 'fits!
Convinced now? If you're still undecided which raffia or straw bag to splurge on, you might want to glean some sartorial ideas from our stylish local celebs' OOTDs and their preferred vacation arm candy. Go ahead and take your pick below!
SHOP: The Exact Designer Raffia and Straw Bags Spotted on Celebrities
1. Kelsey Merrit's LOEWE Basket Bag
Model Kelsey Merritt's beach bag of choice is the beloved hand-woven Basket tote from Loewe, which was so popular that it spawned a lot of dupes. We honestly can't blame Kelsey for lugging it around with her whenever she's on vacay, from Cabo to El Nido to Positano, Italy. The bag features beautifully crafted calfskin top handles, and since the basket itself is handcrafted, every piece is unique in its own way.
Basket Bag, P34,500, LOEWE, Shangri-La Plaza
2. Sofia Andres' JACQUEMUS Le Panier Soleil Basket Tote
Another celebrity who certainly knows how to vacation in style is Sofia Andres, who opted for Jacquemus' Le Panier Soleil tote with the dreamiest aqua blue accent to add a pop of color to her otherwise monochromatic OOTD. The basket, made in Spain, features leather tubular handles and a front pocket emblazoned with the brand's logo in polished hardware.
Le Panier Soleil Basket Tote in Light Turquoise, P33,166, JACQUEMUS, saksfifthavenue.com
3. Bea Alonzo's PRADA Raffia Tote in White
A designer bag roundup is never complete without an entry from Italian luxury fashion house Prada, which also jumped at the chance to produce their own version of a woven beach bag that's a far cry from their iconic Saffiano leather offerings yet still equally as chic. Naturally, the ever-stylish Bea Alonzo got the memo, incorporating the tote in her all-white OOTD. Its soft, deconstructed design made of raffia evokes a perpetually summer mood that makes for a perfect addition to anyone's beach OOTD.
Raffia Tote Bag in White, $1850 (approximately P107,069), PRADA, prada.com
4. Sarah Lahbati's PRADA Raffia Tote in Tan
Prada's Raffia tote comes in several colors, but the most popular iteration has got to be its tan version, which even Sarah Lahbati couldn't resist. The actress wore it with her little white dress to her derma appointment for a laidback yet dainty look. So adorbs!
Raffia Tote Bag in Tan, $1850 (approximately P107,069), PRADA, prada.com
5. Maja Salvador's SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche Tote
If Saint Laurent's Icare shopping tote in quilted lambskin leather isn't your cup of tea, then perhaps a more laidback-looking Rive Gauche tote bag in raffia crochet would strike your fancy. One stylish celeb who's particularly smitten with it is Maja Salvador, who brought the roomy bag with her on a trip to Switzerland and teamed it with her preppy-slash-sporty OOTD for the Omega European Masters.
Rive Gauche Shopping Tote Bag, $1950 (approximately P112,869), SAINT LAURENT, ysl.com
6. Jinkee Pacquiao's CELINE Teen Triomphe Classic Panier Basket Bag
The popular basket bag silhouette is also available in Celine. The Parisian luxury fashion house's version of the hand-braided basket boasts of calfskin leather handles and is emblazoned with the brand's iconic emblem. Jinkee Pacquiao wore hers with a vibrant casual OOTD that features a white tank top layered with a printed button-down and teamed with bright green shorts. Talk about vacation-ready!
Teen Triomphe Classic Panier Basket Bag, P39,500, CELINE, celine.com