When it comes to bags, I always say bigger is better. I throw basically anything I could ever need into my daily work bag: extra shoes, three different lipsticks, a book, my laptop, two notebooks. I need a bag that will keep up with me and that’s where a deep, sturdy leather tote bag comes in. A basic leather tote is like the Little Black Dress of your bag wardrobe. It goes with anything and will get you through anything. Here is a list of some of the best you can get that will last you basically forever.
Are you the kind of person that brings everything but the kitchen sink with them? The Allyn tote is for you. It has pockets for everything from a notebook to a water bottle to a 16” laptop. There’s even room for an extra pair of shoes.
The Zip-Top Transport Tote
The Transport Tote was always my favorite tote bag and the moment Madewell came out with a zip top version, I knew I had to have it. This cavernous bag can hold everything you need with a large interior pocket for your phone or wallet.
The Day Market Tote
Made from premium Italian leather, this polished tote will keep your laptop, plus a few more everyday items like an umbrella or a change of shoes after a rainstorm. It comes in seven different colors and is a great throw-and-go kinda bag.
The Abroad Tote Bag
An upgraded version of their best-selling Transport tote, this features a smaller silhouette, zip-top closure, and an interior pocket. It comes in three colors: True Black, Distant Olive, and Desert Camel. It fits a laptop plus your other day-to-day essentials. Save on Madewell with these coupons.
Large Leather Retail Tote
A more structured approach, the Retail Tote gives you room for a 13” laptop and has a magnetic closure to keep your things secure. The interior canvas is also made from 100% cotton. The interior zip pocket is perfect to store keys and wallets.
Mansur Gavriel Large Vegetable-Tanned Leather Tote Bag
A classic bag with a pop of color, the Mansur Gavriel bag gets better with age. It can easily hold a laptop, plus your lunch and an extra pair of shoes. It’s unstructured but made from a stiff leather so that holds its shape.
Classic Structured Leather Tote
This is the structured version of the brand’s Classic Leather Tote, made with Italian leather and a microsuede lining. The sleek design is offset with an interior lateral tie to easily change the silhouette with ease when you’re not carrying too much.
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