Kick off your summer with light, bright accessories made for soaking up some sun—from fetching hats and woven bags to beachy footwear. For Vogue’s June/July issue, we asked seven photographers (Sarah Leila Payan, Leonard Suryajaya, Siena Saba, Olivia Galli, Andrew Nuding, Delali Ayivim, and Guanyu Xu) from around the globe to showcase an assortment of summer’s hottest accessories in their scenic locals—from Tory Burch’s crochet bucket hat, photographed on the beaches of Lomé, Togo on the West African coast, to Mediterranean-ready espadrilles from Dior pictured by a rocky swimming spot in the town of Marseilles.
These are the kinds of pieces that were made with summertime in mind, from vibrant sand-proof totes like Loewe, Chloé, and Prada’s, to happy-go-lucky hats for those not-a-cloud-in-the-sky kind of days. Below, a handful of cheerful ideas for what to bring to the beach—and beyond.
Chicago-based, Chinese-born Guanyu Xu splashes Hermès’s bright lantern-shaped bucket bags across a collage of tropical sea spray. Don’t let this sort of beach pail drift away at sea.
Paris- and London-based photographer Andrew Nuding traveled to Brooklyn’s own Brighton Beach to capture Loewe’s must-have, two-toned tote. It’s just the right size for stashing sunscreen, sunglasses, a book, some water…so, vamos a la playa!
Between its elegant silhouette and lively palm-print motif, Louis Vuitton’s top handle belongs in paradise. Leonard Suryajaya captures this Capucine in a tropical oasis.
Summer’s humble strappy sandal gets a major lift. For her Vogue debut, Delali Ayivi brought along Brother Vellies’s wedged lace-ups to the sandy shores of Lomé, Togo.
Dreaming in Coral
Let the dangling tassels of Chloé’s crafty braided pouch sway freely and effortlessly like colorful underwater corals.
Take a Dip
Born and raised in Marseilles, photographer Sarah Leila Payan reveals a remote and perhaps locals-only swimming spot in her hometown. Talk about a vantage point! Take in the beauty of the south of France—and perhaps a quick nap—with a Dior chaise lounger and espadrilles to match.
On the Rocks
What could possibly pair better with a pale sky and placid sea than a woven Bottega Veneta bucket bag in the most brilliant shade of green? Brooklyn-based photographer Siena Saba sets the scene, ideal for a picnic or getting lost in a beach read out on a jetty.
Against a sweetly sun-kissed scene, the New York-based photographer Olivia Galli leaves a mismatched pair of sandals from Dolce & Gabbana for a dip. No shoes required.
Take this as a sign to dress up your beachy Breton stripes with something a bit more jaunty—this plaid pink bowling bag from Chanel, for instance.
Here’s a bright idea: On a good old summer’s day, there are no better accouterments than a breezy hat and cheerful crochet beach tote from Prada—the pairing will be among your favorite summer companions.