By Erika Guess
Cast off your wool scarf and put your sweaters in storage, because summer is here. As you adjust your wardrobe for the season, don’t forget about your bag. That black leather tote looks great with your peacoat, but summers in Coastal Virginia require one to be on a Zoom call at 4 p.m. and on the beach by 5:15, followed by dinner and drinks. You need a bag that can easily transition throughout your day. Here are a few available at local shops that fit the bill.
Weekend Getaway Gear
This locally made canvas weekender is stitched with red, white and blue for 4th of July! It’s industrial chic, plus it pulls double duty for Bastille Day—win/win.
Werther Leather Goods
Stylish & Sustainable
Made of recycled materials from oyster farming, the mesh lets you shake off the sand and keep your beach essentials within easy reach.
Table & Tonic
The Oyster Bag
This locally made bag is stylishly unisex (and made of recycled materials). Bonus: your hands are free to carry your beach chair and cooler.
Dress it Up or Down
Blush-colored rafia is a summer neutral. This tote wins the trophy for best day-to-night transition (it could even hold your laptop if you insist).
Anderson’s Garden Center
Sun n’ Sand Straw Tote
This boho bag says, “I’m ready for the beach, but everyone has to carry their own towel because mommy’s effortless style is not to be trifled with.”
Fallon & Royce Gemma Straw Tote
Form and Function
If utilitarian is your vibe, this is your bag. No nonsense. Easily hosed off. This foam-rubber miracle looks like it could survive just about anything.