Vinyl interior is perfect for soggy swimsuits and towels, but designer terry cloth must be dry-cleaned, so this is only for the most pristine beaches (685 Fifth Ave., at 54th St.; 212-826-2600).
Colorful details like leather handles, side buckle, chain, hook closure, and outside zipper pocket will establish you as the beach’s trendiest bum. (At Intermix, 125 Fifth Ave., nr. 20th St.; 212-533-9720.)
Elizabeth Hurley Beach, $235
Neither terry exterior nor canvas interior are waterproof. Three interior compartments make it easy to keep beach beverages away from beach reads. (At Saks Fifth Avenue.)
Tory by TRB, $165
No outside closure, but two large inside pockets on this big bag from fashion’s new favorite designer. A bit heavy, though (257 Elizabeth St., nr. Houston St.; 212-334-3000).
Hable Construction, $165
Durable canvas and a distinctive print, but it’s heavy even before it’s been loaded with the requisite sun block, magazines, and towels (230 Elizabeth St., nr. Prince St.; 212-343-8555).
Cool magnetic closure, groovy swirl design, and red handles make this a good city/beach switch-hitter. Shame about the tiny inside pocket (206 Ave. B, nr. 13th St.; 212-979-5250).
Two handle lengths let it double as a shoulder bag or hand tote. A tie closure keeps the top secure while leaving wiggle room to pull things out (535 Madison Ave., nr. 54th St.; 212-688-4490).
Lightweight, sturdy fabric, simple design, handy pockets inside and out. You’ll use it during the week for hauling newspapers and gym clothes. (At Searle, 635 Madison Ave., nr. 59th St.; 212-750-5153.)
The essence of summer. Straw exterior, floral-print interior, and if you overtax it with too many bottles of Evian, it won’t make it past Labor Day (650 Fifth Ave., at 52nd St.; 212-956-6506).