Jeanne Beker selects her favourite totes and sunglasses for peak beach season

Jeanne checks out the season’s hottest tote bags, perfect for carting everything to the beach and back again.

Design lines (A)
Canon Blanc, 2624 Yonge St., $115
“This is so much fun. For $115, you’re getting a lot of design for your buck: embroidery, tiny sequins.… The zipper is a great addition — with totes, your stuff can go haywire.”

Go for rose (B)
Opelle, 1234 College St., $175 
“Rose gold is really becoming a very popular metal and goes with so much. I love that it’s made in Toronto. The leather has a great patina to it. It will really elevate any outfit.”

Painter’s pick (C)
Marni at Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W., $450
“This is like a piece of art — put it on the wall! Very fun and funky and a more affordable price point for Marni. It’s got these leather straps and, of course, the designer tag.”

Material girl (D)
Heel Boy, 49 Tank House Ln., $95
“Hunter is branching out with their offerings. A great pop of colour that’ll add to any outfit, and the fact that it’s made from silicone means it’ll be great on the beach.”

City brights (E)
Archives, 1275 Bay St., $590
“What can we say but, ‘Wow!’ If you’re looking to make a statement, this will get you noticed. I love this unique iridescent textile and the fact that it folds over into a clutch.”

15 minutes (F)
shopAGO, 317 Dundas St. W., $55
“T.O.’s having a bit of a love affair with Warhol right now. This is very summery — you wouldn’t wear this in the winter — and a vibrant piece for everyday use.”

What a weave (G)
The Shoe Company, 31 Disera Dr., #100, $80
“This black tote will go with just about everything. It has a bit of a Bottega Veneta feel thanks to the woven vegan leather. Pair with some wild black shades, and you’re chic but still modern.”

You've made it to the beach, now what about keeping the sun at bay? Jeanne picks these six sunglasses for making a splash without dipping a toe in the water. Clockwise from top left: Cutler and Gross, 758 Queen St. W. ($650), Archives, 1275 Bay St. ($450), Mendocino, Bayview Village ($65), Kaltenbock Opticians, 1560 Yonge St. ($945), Untitled&Co., 438 Queen St. W. ($198), Karir Eyewear, Yorkdale Shopping Centre ($476).

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