They are the straightforward bags you would need for an all-day trip around town. Practical and generous in both size and use, it can easily be considered to store your 15-inch MacBook in place of what would’ve been bags of groceries, and perhaps big enough to tie a jacket around its straps when the weather gets too warm outside. No, we’re not talking about yet another oversized bag to break the internet, we’re talking about the return of the quintessential tote bag (the non-flashiest bags ever created).
While designers continue to churn out massive, ambitious designs to impress us, the truth is men’s bags have never been more saturated and overwhelming. Gone are the days of the leather briefcase or backpack that double ups as a jacket. In fact, almost every new menswear release sees a men’s variant of any beloved women’s bag. There’s nothing sacred about any of these bags any longer, and that’s okay.
As we near the third month of isolation and quarantine, the one thing that has taught everyone is utmost modesty with things that are absolutely not flashy at all. The sacred bag is now one that works for any situation, even if it means doubling up as a work bag in times of much-needed simplicity. Therefore, we simply cannot turn away the essentiality of tote bags.
We breakdown the best tote bags money can buy today that will definitely be with you for the next decade or so.
Saint Laurent Noe Rive Gauche Tote Bag
This bag features a number of inner compartments one could easily mistake for a portfolio file. Definitely useful.
Bottega Veneta Tote Bag
Bottega Veneta’s signature soft and creamy leather promises to function even as a pillow for desperate hours and to keep that out-of-office stuffy jacket of yours.
Givenchy Bond Tote Bag
While the double fastening appears to open up like a magician’s trick, it simply is just for aesthetics. The bag, however, features an inner compartment for small knick-knacks.
Gucci Baiadera Stripe Tote Bag
The Baiadera Stripe tote bag in a blue, red, yellow and green striped linen canvas with a washed effect will make sure you not to be overlooked when you hit the streets.
Fendi Gold Trimmed Tote Bag
A practically large tote bag, the polyester-made bag makes a great statement accessory with the ease of taking care.
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM Tote Bag
Roomy yet bulky, the iconic Louis Vuitton tote bag is the go-to accessory for short travels and can be easily switched from sleek to casual look by cinching the side laces.