Tote bags are not just for your weekend farmer’s market visit! The new designer totes available on the market deserve to be seen in all kinds of settings. The right tote bag can accompany you to the office, gym, or club, and it can also substitute for all those pesky shopping bags that create unnecessary waste. The key is finding those well-crafted tote bags that will suit your life and personal style.
We’ve selected the best tote bags to suit every occasion, need, and aesthetic, including some truly gorgeous designer totes. Then we’ll take you back in time to learn about the history of the tote bag. We’ll break down everything you need to take into account when choosing designer tote bags for you, and then give some must-know tote bag styling tips. What are you going to tote around?
10 Best Designer Tote Bags for Every Occasion
From roomy totes to on-trend mini bags, these designer tote bags come in so many gorgeous colors and designs that everyone is sure to find her perfect tote here.
1. Pink Mini Tote Bag
If you want to start off cute, this is one of those designer tote bags that follow the mini bag trend in the most adorable way possible. This Medea pink leather bag is reminiscent of a luxury accessory shopping bag, but no one will be confused when they see you wearing it cross-body with the help of the included shoulder strap.
2. Blue PVC Tote Bag
Stella McCartney is a designer known for her deep commitment to the environment, so maybe a bit of that can rub off you on you with her designer tote. It is large enough that you certainly won’t need any disposable bags at the store! It is made of light blue PVC, with faux leather handles, and has “Stella McCartney” printed in black lettering across the bottom.
3. Stripe Red Tote
This is the best tote bag for anyone with a bit of a retro flare. The red and white stripes are quaint and romantic, and because it’s so large it’d be ideal for carrying picnic date supplies, a shopping haul, or everything you may need for a day at the beach! This Zimmermann bag is made of canvas with fabric lining, so it is very durable, and even has an extra pocket to hold smaller items.
4. Crackled Silver Tote Bag
A Proenza Schouler bag makes a big statement these days, with this tote definitely included. This tote bag is made of crackled silver leather, a dramatic material offset by modest rope handles. The bag could work in professional settings just as well as it would in casual ones.
5. Red Leather Tote
This designer tote bag has a bit of attitude. It is made of shiny red leather that is hard to miss, and striped cotton handles that give it a modern, urban vibe. This robust Isabel Marant tote has a magnetic closure, an inner pocket, and fabric lining, all of which put it within handbag territory.
6. Quilted Butterscotch Tote
This chic tote from Givenchy is a real head-turner. It is made of faux leather in rich butterscotch, with a quilted diamond finish that gives it a timeless elegance. The thin leather handles contrast nicely against the color of the bag. There are no pockets here, but it does come with a pouch.
7. Brown Leather Basket Tote
If you live and breathe earth tones, then this Bottega Veneta would be one of the best tote bags to try. It is made of supple brown calf leather, with rounded leather handles. It has a vase-like silhouette, with an impressive widening at the top that lends a bit of romance to the design. It is unlined but sturdy enough to fit in at the office.
8. Small Color-Blocked Tote
You can always expect a Marni product to feature compelling color blocking. This little tote bag is made with extra smooth leather panels, mimicking a high-end shopping bag, in apricot and navy, with bright red handles. Because it is open-topped, it comes with a removable drawstring bag for small, precious items. It also includes a removable shoulders strap.
9. Latin Lover PVC Tote
If you’re feeling playful, this Alberta Ferretti would be the best tote bag to pick up. It is made of bright yellow PVC, with “Latin Lover” emblazoned over the front in all-capitalized purple letter patches. The handles and an included leather pouch are also purple, to match.
10. Pink PVC Tote Bag
This designer tote is a whole pop art fantasy. Designer by Junya Watanabe for Comme des Garçons, this large tote is made of bright pink PVC. It has a canvas drawstring bag that sticks out a little, adding contrast as well as practical separation. It will jazz up your more casual outfits with ease.