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My name is Justine Carreon, and I am a summer bag hoarder. My closet is stuffed with vintage straw totes, $5 market bags I found on Amazon, and beach bags that I wear to work. To say I am obsessed with a bag that is not at all seasonally appropriate is an understatement, and I just found the latest addition to my collection. The best part? It’s only $16.

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Abacá Mini Eco Tote, $16;


High-end brands like Loewe and Edie Parker reimagined the basket case into chic, upscale styles, but their versions retail $400 and upwards. Call me old fashioned, but I want to use my beach bag on an actual beach without it being dragged by imaginary tabloids that follow me around. In other words, I want something a little more authentic that doesn’t accompany a designer name. Enter Abacá, an affordable line of bags and home goods currently on the rise.

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When I found our their goods are handmade in the Philippines, I nodded knowingly. I’m Filipino, and whenever my mom visits her hometown, I request a suitcase of straw bags upon her return. Not only are Abacá’s styles colorful, editorialized, and all-around cult-worthy, but a portion of their sales goes toward Right Start Foundation, a non-profit organization for underprivileged Filipino children. Their bags are selling out by the minute, so pluck one up before they do.

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