To tote or not to tote? The tote bag has long been identified as a larger and more casual alternative to a traditional handbag, ideal for activities like a day at the beach or shopping at the farmer’s market. This Spring 2011 season, the usual canvas and straw tote bags have moved up on the accessory social ladder after receiving more attention to detail from their designers.
Designers are incorporating leather handles, metal hardware and silk lining to create the ideal tote, the perfect combination of casual and chic. These bags can be described as sophisticated and fun…not to be taken too seriously, which is a welcome change from Winter’s more dark and demure handbag designs.
(Clockwise from top left) Enshallha Tote $350 www.calypso.com, Anya Hindmarch Boat Bag Canvas Tote $135 www.netaporter.com, Day Tote with Rope Handles $98 available at Chelsea Brentwood (310)471-4770, Henry Cuir Kif-Kif Tote $1475 www.barneys.com.