Finding a good tote tote, (or Shopper, as people have taken to calling them—because maybe this sounds more fashiony? Or is it some kind of British affectation? I’m not sure) used to be the biggest pain. Now I see ones I’d die for all the time. For instance: this Want Les Essentiels De La Vie bag is so cool: just a touch more vertical (or “north south” in garmento speak) than most, with an extra strap (ALWAYS a plus) and in the most perfectly right shade of leather ever.
I am out of my mind for this Fleabags tote, and the genius that is its blue-on-blue-on-black color palette. Want and want and want. Do you think if I buy it to carry my laptop around in I can deduct it?
There’s nothing richer than a suede bag—and nothing more forgiving of your coffee spills and pen explosions than a suede bag in a nice dark color.
This one is so excellently fancy-lady-who-doesn’t-have-to-make-a-statement-with-her-bag.
It’s not exactly light-colored canvas tote season, but this sparkly Steve Madden number is so damn fun and chic that I couldn’t not include it.
This smart little bag from Foley + Corinna folds and zips down to the teeniest little leather pouch. And when you unfold it to use, the zipper at the base becomes a cool design detail. Clever!
Even without the ever-so-faint metallic tinge to the suede—which is a little bit too fantastic—I’d be all over this Montserat de Lucca bag. It’s the soul of simplicity (which is, after all, is why the metallic works and doesn’t overwhelm) and I love the super-light tan color.
This Tsumori Chisato owl print extravaganza was on my list for a potential Crazy or Cute? post, but I’ve decided that in fact, this bag’s very appeal is that it is both wicked crazy and crazy cute.
The single-buckle strap detail on this Common Projects bag is such a quiet little moment of good design.
You can’t beat a classic Filson for knocking around town—especially if you’re prone to roughing up your bags—because they are seriously built to last. Also, here’s a really big one: perfection for travel.