Tote Bags (1775)

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What is a tote bag?

A better question may be, what isn’t a tote bag? The ultimate carryall, a women’s tote bag is probably the most essential of all handbags. Large and sturdy, with some structure, it typically has an open top or zipper closure with a thick handle on each side. Designed to be carried by hand or over the shoulder, the tote is well suited to everything from the office to the beach.

What is the history of the tote bag?

The word ‘tote’ means to carry, so it can probably be assumed that the tote bag has been around for a long time, helping both men and women to transport food, household items and personal essentials. But, the modern tote bag has its origins in New England, where L.L. Bean designed a heavy canvas tote for the express purpose of carrying blocks of ice. The bag’s classic, no-fuss style caught on, and Bean’s “boat and tote” became a staple among east coast preppies. And why not? The tote bag is the perfect daily handbag, which is why we now see the silhouette in the collections of most designers.

Where should I carry a tote bag?

Where shouldn’t you carry a tote bag? For real. Tote bags go everywhere. The only place where you may consider an alternative handbag, like a clutch or mini bag, is a cocktail party, wedding, or formal affair—totes don’t complement evening dresses all that well. But other than that, the sky’s the limit. Tote bags are perfect for the office, as they are often sized to fit laptops, files and other work essentials. And we’re not talking about canvas beach totes—designer tote bags are made from a variety of materials, including leather, which makes for a very polished looking handbag. For more casual affairs, like weekend farmer’s markets, or beach trips, a tote is the only way to go. A canvas tote is classic, but nylon and other synthetics with prints and embellishments make great statement bags for getting your gear from A to B.

 

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BLOCK-T TOTE
Tory Burch
$458.00
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McGraw Leather Tote
Tory Burch
$498.00
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$125.00
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$1,250.00
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$178.00
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$190.00
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McGraw Leather Tote
Tory Burch
$398.00
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ELLA MINI TOTE
Tory Burch
$178.00
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$428.00 $199.99
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$300.00 $149.99
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$145.00
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$528.00
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$458.00
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$128.00 $96.00
from Macy's
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$168.00
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$1,095.00 $399.99
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$148.00 $88.80
from Macy's
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$2,790.00 $2,229.99
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'Ella' Nylon Tote
Tory Burch
$198.00
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$498.00 $259.99
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BROOKE TOTE
Tory Burch
$558.00
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$598.00
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$598.00
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$148.00 $110.99
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Risa Leather Tote
Vince Camuto
$248.00 $84.99
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$348.00 $149.99
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$528.00
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$198.00 $64.99
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Aria Small Leather Tote Bag
French Connection
$98.00 $48.75
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Crushed Velvet Tote Bag
Neiman Marcus
$125.00 $38.00
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$95.00 $42.50
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$245.00
10
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$198.00 $118.80
from Shopbop
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$388.00 $291.00
from Macy's
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$5,695.00 $2,849.99
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$11,875.00 $5,668.00
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$130.00 $40.50
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® Raven Large Shoulder Tote
MICHAEL Michael Kors
$298.00 $167.24
from Bon-Ton
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Always On Regan Tote
Rebecca Minkoff
$295.00
8
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$25.00 $12.49
8
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Palm Beach Tote
Tommy Bahama
$128.00 $85.76
8
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$328.00 $229.60
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$280.00 $107.97
from Athleta
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McGRAW TOTE
Tory Burch
$398.00
8
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Washed Nylon Tote
Rebecca Minkoff
$145.00
7
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$228.00 $152.76
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$270.00
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$198.00 $132.66
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Brynn Leather Tote
Cole Haan
$360.00 $149.99
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$3,345.00 $1,674.99
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$3,395.00 $1,359.99
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$458.00 $249.99
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Wendy Fringed Leather Tote
Rebecca Minkoff
$495.00 $189.99
7
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$82.00 $19.97
from Athleta
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$1,250.00
7
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Side Zip Regan Tote
Rebecca Minkoff
$295.00
from Shopbop
7
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$118.00 $40.50
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$140.00 $42.50
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$498.00 $348.60
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$550.00 $440.00
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$115.00
6
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Always On Regan Tote
Rebecca Minkoff
$295.00
6
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$298.00 $178.80
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$598.00
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$295.00
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'Riley' Leather Tote
Vince Camuto
$278.00
6
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$2,150.00 $1,719.99
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Classic Leather Tote
Vince Camuto
$278.00 $99.99
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$3,395.00 $1,359.99
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$495.00 $369.99
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Urban Tote
Athleta
$98.00 $73.99
from Athleta
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Mini Unlined Tote
Rebecca Minkoff
$295.00 $118.00
from Shopbop
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Covered Nail Tote Bag
Neiman Marcus
$145.00 $45.00
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Gaya Tote
Nine West
$89.00 $62.30
from Macy's
6
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® Jet Set Top Zip Leather Tote
MICHAEL Michael Kors
$248.00 $139.49
from Bon-Ton
6
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Walker Leather Tote
Rag & Bone
$425.00
5
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$498.00
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$298.00
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$25.00 $12.49
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$295.00 $206.50
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Gemini Link Tote
Tory Burch
$198.00 $139.99
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$420.00 $159.99
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$2,150.00 $1,719.99
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$1,095.00 $429.99
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