There are few bags more versatile than the classic tote. You can carry one to work, to the gym, to the grocery store, and in each case it will seem perfectly appropriate. And you don’t have to be precious with them. The more beat up they get, the better they look as the material breaks in. If you choose from one of these nine, you can’t go wrong this fall.
Want Les Essentiels De La Vie Ohare Shopper Tote
The proportions on this tote are perfect. It’s not too big, not too small. And the caramel leather details work well with the checkerboard fabric.
Jack Spade Ryder Twill Journey Tote
The dark calfskin bottom of this bag pairs well with the indigo cotton and helps the bag stand up on its own when placed on the ground. A zip-top opening will keep any annoying subway lurkers from looking at (or stealing) your stuff.
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Tote
A must for any traveler, this bag weighs next to nothing and packs into its own tiny stuff sack. Throw it in your luggage before you leave and you’ll have a great day bag when you arrive. It can be carried either as a tote or as a backpack.
The Hill-Side Heavy Duty Tote
This bag, which is constructed from super-sturdy Japanese canvas, will improve over time the same way that a great pair of raw denim jeans does. The Italian camo pattern gives the bag character without being too in-your-face.
Stanley & Sons Seabag
The round bottom of this bag is modeled after old U.S. Navy bags. It has a large U-shaped interior pocket to hold your smaller items and all of the copper rivets are hammered onto the bag by hand.
BillyKirk Milled Leather Padded Laptop Tote
Inspired by the bags fighter pilots used to carry their helmets, this tote has adjustable handles so you can carry it by your side or throw it over your shoulder. All of the leather comes from the U.S. and the bag is padded throughout so you can throw your laptop in.
Sea Bags Vintage Kevlar Tote
Turns out the Kevlar used in sails for the fastest sailboats also makes for a pretty sharp looking tote bag. This bag is handmade in Maine and if it can stand up to conditions at sea then it can handle your morning commute.
L.L. Bean Boat And Tote
Bag historians (if such a career exists) might argue that there were earlier versions, but in our minds, this is the original tote bag. Built to last, the canvas can hold up to 500 pounds, so not only can you use it as a gym bag, you can incorporate it into your workout.
Filson Tote Bag
Filson has been building purpose-built bags for expeditions and adventures since 1897. Their classic tote bag works well in the wild or in the city. It has one large main compartment and four exterior pockets so all your gear is easy to access.