Ever wonder how designers manage to look effortlessly chic all while carrying a laptop, notebook, miscellaneous pens, keys, cell phones, fabric samples and inspiration in tow from the studio to the street? The secret: They stash all their precious cargo in a tote bag that’s equal parts functional, sophisticated and stylish. We quizzed some of our favorite connoisseurs to find out what bag they use to store their day-to-day go-tos.
“This is the my favorite everyday tote bag. It is as beautiful as it is functional! It has a closure zipper to keep everything safe and sound in my bag and is also super structured which I love!” – Chloe Burch, co-founder of Neely and Chloe
The Zip Tote, $338. neelyandchloe.com.
“Our new Yasmine Tote is a favorite for the season. This collection is made in a women’s basketry cooperative in Morocco, allowing these women to be financially independent while providing their children with a safe educational space. When I visited I just fell in love with the artistry, the people and the mission. Our totes are woven in the cooperative and finished in a leather atelier in Marrakech. I especially like that this tote has a chic removable canvas pouch and is finished with metal feet to elevate the charming woven raffia.” – Sara Rossi, founder of Beau & Ro
Yasmine Tote, $268. beauandro.com.
“I love prints, and Prada is my go-to designer. This tote is perfect for hauling around fabric and wallpaper samples, and serves equally well as an overnight bag for long weekend trips.” – Rayman Boozer, interior designer
Drill tote bag, $1,750. prada.com.
“I recently discovered a fabulous line of woven bags in fun colors that are perfect for running errands around town! Woven by hand by artisans in El Salvador, these market totes are waterproof and super durable. I use them for everything from runs to the farmer’s market to site visits when I pack them full of memo samples.” – Paloma Contreras, interior designer and founder of Shop Paloma & Co.
Lined Paper Stripe Tote,$175. shoppalomaandco.com.
“I love a straw tote for all seasons. It’s a perennially stylish choice (look no further than Jane Birkin). Not only does it naturally complement your beach cover up, but is also a chic contrast with a faux-fur topper or evening dress. The straw tote is quite practical for my life as well; as an entrepreneur and mother of four, I am constantly lugging everything everywhere. These French baskets are incredibly durable and expand to accommodate a lot of stuff.” – Meredith Melling, co-founder of La Ligne
Straw Bag Tote, $48. french-baskets.com.
“This tote is not only smashing looking, its also a workhorse. I’ve had 8 major books, two ipads, take out dinner and my dog Flower in it multiple times, and it handles it like a breeze.” – Johnson Hartig, founder of Libertine
Lovers Eyes and Georgian Miniatures Tote, $295. ilovelibertine.com.
“For everyday, I love Acne’s Musubi tote—so much so that I have it in multiple sizes—but when I need some extra space, I’ll grab this vintage chintz ‘Bodega Bag’ from Town Country Coast. It’s the perfect combination of frivolous and useful. And the name is very apt: I can personally attest to the fact that holds an entire trip-to-Gristede’s worth of groceries.”- Emma Bazilian, content director, FREDERIC magazine
Ruffle Topped Bodega Bag, $85. towncountrycoast.com.
“I’ve always been a big fan of the canvas tote. It’s super durable and easy to clean, and this Field + Supply bag is my go-to because it can truly hold just about anything I need. This oversized version is made-to-last, and has a boxed bottom to support a heavy load while maximizing space. It’s perfect for work and for weekend getaways.” – Brad Ford, interior designer and founder of Field + Supply
Large Natural Canvas Tote Bag, $105. fieldandsupply.com.
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