20 Tote Bags to Carry Forever


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Before I became a fashion editor, I assumed the best designer tote bags should be reserved for special occasions. Even if they looked and felt like elevated versions of my regular-schmegular market bags and weekenders—with exteriors that coordinated with whatever I wore and spacious interiors for lugging my laptop or a change of clothes, or both—the dust bag and shiny labels intimidated me out of carrying my most prized totes.

My mindset shifted when I started working in fashion. Once I could meet designers and test their creations myself, I realized luxury bags are so special because they’re made to be carried often, not hidden away. In their leather-trimmed, microfiber suede-lined way, the best designer totes are an aesthetically pleasing balancing act. “Investing in a new tote is all about quality and function,” BAZAAR accessories director Miguel Enamorado agrees. “What it’s made of is as important as what it’s made for. The more it serves that purpose, the more you will wear it and the more it will be worth your investment.”

  • Best Logo-Free Tote Bag

    Textured-Leather Tote
    Savette

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  • Best Statement Tote Bag

    CHANEL 22 Large Back Pack
    Chanel

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  • Best Straw Tote Bag

    Large Leather-Trimmed Basket Tote
    Loewe

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  • Best Patterned Tote Bag

    Large Prada Symbole Embroidered Fabric Handbag
    Prada

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  • Best Minimalist Tote Bag

    Classic Easy Tote
    Cuyana

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“Worth the investment” can mean different things in different wardrobes. Most experts I spoke to agreed that the best designer totes combine function and style—and aren’t necessarily the bags you’ve seen all over TikTok. Rachel Glicksberg, manager of women’s fashion & new initiatives at The RealReal, says “classic” bags always outperform trendier styles. “Always consider something classic that you will use day, night, and while traveling,” Tiffany Hsu, fashion director at Mytheresa, agrees. If you’re new to luxury accessories, “A durable, leather option would be a great first designer tote,” Hsu says.

Selecting your personal best designer tote from the thousands of Chanels, Bottegas, and Pradas out there comes down to your lifestyle. If you’re searching for a laptop bag, Glicksberg recommends double-checking its dimensions to make sure they’ll fit all your office essentials. If you’re imagining your tote as more of a fancy gym bag, extra pockets for separating pre- and post-workout clothes are a must. Then there’s the longevity factor. You may love the tote you buy today, but you could want to make a swap later. Keep your options open by considering the bag’s potential resale value, Glicksberg suggests. The stronger the brand signifiers–monogramming, logo hardware, or design signatures—the more value the tote will have if it’s back on the market.

Whether you’re more of a minimalist seeking a structured leather tote or a trend sampler looking for the next It-bag, the most worthwhile bag is the one you’ll actually use. Ahead, I’ve gathered the 20 best designer totes I’ve tested and researched with expert assistance—all that are worth carrying for years.

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Best Logo-Free Tote Bag

Savette

Textured-Leather Tote

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Materials Leather
Colors Saddle, Black

Best Statement Tote Bag

Chanel

CHANEL 22 Large Back Pack

Best Straw Tote Bag

Loewe

Large Leather-Trimmed Basket Tote

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Materials Palm Leaf and Leather
Dimensions 12.5″ (H) x 11″ (W) x 6″ (D)
Colors Natural/Tan

Best Patterned Tote Bag

Prada

Large Prada Symbole Embroidered Fabric Handbag

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Materials Fabric and Leather
Dimensions 31cm (H) x 11cm (L) x 39cm (W)
Colors Cream and Black

Best Minimalist Tote Bag

Cuyana

Classic Easy Tote

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Materials Leather
Dimensions 12.3″ (H) x 21.6″ (W) x 5.1″ (D)
Colors Stone, Dark Olive, Cappuccino, Caramel, Black

Best Suede Tote Bag

The Row

Margaux Bag

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Materials Leather
Dimensions 7″ (H) x 10″ (W) x 6.5″ (D)
Colors Cobalt, Orange, Black, Brown

Best Two-Tone Tote Bag

Hereu

Calella Large Bicolor Tote Bag

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Materials Leather and Canvas
Colors Cream with Black Trim

Best Woven Tote Bag

Bottega Veneta

Arco Medium Intrecciato Leather Tote

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Materials Leather
Dimensions 4.7″ (D) x 9.4″ (H) x 14.2″ (W)
Colors Black, White, Camel, Green, Burgundy, and More

Best Oversized Tote Bag

Mansur Gavriel

Everyday Soft Tote

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Materials 100% Italian Leather
Dimensions 21.5″ (W) x 11.8″ (H) x 9″ (D)
Colors Cherry, Black, Peacock, Verde, Caramel, Sand

Best Embellished Tote Bag

Brandon Blackwood

Bamboo Leather Tote

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Materials Brass, Leather
Dimensions 7.5″W x 5″H x 2.75″D
Color Black

Best Shearling Tote Bag

Mark Cross

Arc Tote

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Materials Leather and Shearling
Dimensions 22.05″ (L )x 4.72″ (W) x 14.57″ (H)
Colors Shearling Ecru and Shearling Acorn

Best Variety Tote Bag

Telfar

The Large Shopping Bag

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Materials Faux Leather
Dimensions 11.75″ (H); 15.5″(W); 7.5″ (D)
Colors Blue, Navy, Leaf Green, Black, White, and More

Best Travel Tote Bag

Louis Vuitton

Damier Ebene Neverfull

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Materials Leather and Coated Canvas
Dimensions 13.25″(H); 21.75″ (W); 7.75″(D)
Color Brown

Best Investment Tote Bag

Hermès

Box Kelly Sellier 28 Bleu Marine

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Materials Leather
Dimensions 11.5″ (L); 8″ (H); 4.5″ (W)
Color Navy

Best Linen Tote Bag

Chloé

Woody Linen & Leather Tote

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Materials Leather and textile
Dimensions 14”W x 11”H x 5”D
Colors Faded Green, Black, White

Best East-West Tote Bag

Ree Projects

Ann Leather Tote

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Materials Italian leather
Dimensions 9″W x 9″H x 6 1/2″D
Color Brown

Best Mini Tote Bag

Tory Burch

Perry Small Triple-Compartment Tote Bag

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Materials Italian pebbled leather
Dimensions 7.8″ (H); 9.6″ (L); 4.8″ (D)
Colors Shell Pink, Ivory, Black, Light Umber, Clam Shell

Best Mesh Tote Bag

Khaite

Augusta Mesh Tote

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Materials 100% Polyamide Mesh
Dimensions 11.5 (H) x 2.5 (W) x 8.9 (L)”
Colors Neutral, Black

Best Coach Tote Bag

Coach

Willow Tote 24

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Materials Polished pebble leather
Dimensions 9 1/2″ (L) x 7 3/4″ (H) x 4 1/4″ (W)
Colors Chalk, Burgundy, Heart Print Canvas

Best Quilted Tote Bag

Saint Laurent

Icare Maxi Quilted Tote Bag

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Materials Lambskin 90%, Brass 10%
Colors Black

Halie LeSavage is the fashion commerce editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com, where she covers everything from emerging designers to viral products to must-shop sales events.

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