“I would love a tote review,” writes a reader named Laura. “I know you have done one before [most recently, here] but I need a heavy-duty one that can deal with my computer, and stuff for travel and work, and that looks good.” For Laura, I’ve included a few that look really durable, and for the rest of you I’ve just chosen ones I think are cute. Like this splurgy Jerome Dreyfuss bag, which is almost too crazy but at the same time quite wonderful.
This is just super-classic—I picture 70s Lauren Hutton carrying it around—and is the kind of leather that only gets better with age.
This tool bag is super-utilitarian—maybe too much for most workplaces—but it’d be aces for travel.
Just a really straightforward, nicely priced black option.
LL Bean totes are the best—reasonably-priced, indestructible, and stylish in a timeless way—and this one is so good with the camo (Here is their classic Boat n’ Tote if you’re in the mood for something more straightforward).
I have never been crazy for Longchamp nylon bags, but this in leather is stupendous. Very Euro.
Baggu totes are pretty straightforward propositions—I do like how they’re long and narrow, though. And I like the idea of one in metallic, just for kicks.
This star print is just too adorable, and so is the quilting.
This is very attractive, a little menswearish, and very, very large.
A very sleek and office-worthy option.
Here is a combination I always find winning: canvas and leather.
The tassel here is a fun touch, and I even like the whipstitching, which usually I’m not a fan of.