I love a good tote bag, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I think they’ve come a long way since corporate picnic giveaways and NPR donor prizes. There’s a lot of hip choices out there, and tote bags are so versatile and useful, there’s really no excuse not to have one floating around for those last-minute grocery runs or trips to the library.
To me, LL Bean is always the go-to place for totes. They’re (in)famous for their monogramming but I like the variety of choices they have, the durability and I especially love the polka dots. They even have a custom tote option now where you can pick your size, color and other features. Plus they make tote bags that most men wouldn’t be afraid to carry.
I love the pattern on this one, and its modern look. There’s tons of great totes on Etsy but this one really caught my eye. The neutral colors are nice without being boring, and you can’t go wrong with stripes. I could see this in a trendy urban farmer’s market somewhere.
This red leather tote bag is a bit more upscale than its canvas counterparts, but I love taking something good and making it better. I can’t tell for sure, but that leather just looks so soft and supple, and I just adore the ruffles.
This awesome unisex tote from Teamwork is unisex styling at its finest, as well as being eco-friendly. They create bags from salvaged sails and tires to make bags that are effortlessly cool They make messenger bags as well that are definitely worth checking out.
Here’s an awesome tutorial for a tote bag if you’ve got a creative side and feel like making your own. There are really excellent, detailed instructions so even if you’re a sewing newbie you might be able to tackle this project.
Here’s a sort of a tote bag made by a company in South America that creates bags out of clothing from second-hand stores. The concept isn’t entirely new but their execution is superb, and they find some really wonderful fabrics. They also leave the tags from the original garment on the bag, so that adds a bit of history. They don’t have an online shop (a tragedy) but they have a flickr stream and a contact email.
OK so it’s not a tote bag. It’s made by the same company as the bag above. And I would pretty much sell my soul for this bag. Talk about urban bohemian. If you were backpacking around the world, would you rather carry this or some brightly colored nylon flag? I’d be worried that someone would steal my bag for the design rather than for what was inside. I think this would look really great with a round-the-world patina. Now I think I’m going to have to try to make one myself.