Are you the type of person who just can’t leave the house without stuffing your entire life inside your bag? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It doesn’t hurt to carry a lot of things with you especially if they’re necessities you think you’ll use for emergencies—like an umbrella, a lightweight parka, and I don’t know, maybe even a tiny water bottle for when you’re thirsty. Well, as someone who is totally guilty of this, I’m here to help you out.
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There are plenty of designer tote bags out there in various fabrics and sizes that will suit your needs and sense of style. These are uber-chic picks that come in luxurious materials like leather and elevated canvas that are far from the flimsy totes of your childhood. Ready? Keep scrolling and select your match!
Here Are Designer Tote Bags That Will Last You a Lifetime:
1. Prada Nylon Tote Bag
Nylon Tote Bag, $1290 (approximately P62,345.70), PRADA, prada.com
For those who want a functional, durable tote:
This can’t be a designer tote bag list without mentioning Prada’s famous nylon tote bag. The fuss-free design features a simple square shape, a zipper closure on top, and shoulder straps crafted using the brand’s iconic saffiano leather. Plus, the two interior pockets and exterior pocket make for easy organizing. You also won’t be able to resist that recognizable enamel logo! Black is a great choice so you won’t have to worry about getting it dirty, but this also comes in navy blue and beige.
2. Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM
Neverfull GM, $1580 (approximately P76,361.40), LOUIS VUITTON, louisvuitton.com
For those who like stuffing their bag with everything:
Another must-have designer tote bag is Louis Vuitton’s Neverfull GM. The extremely roomy interior features an open top that makes fishing stuff out a breeze. It even has side laces you can cinch for a sleeker look or loosen up to make more room inside. If you like to stuff your tote bag too much, perhaps the interior will get a little more organized with the removable pouch. But TBH, the best thing about this is that it comes in the house’s iconic canvas designs: Damier Azur, Monogram Canvas, and Damier Ebene Canvas.
3. Gucci Horsebit 1955 Tote Bag
Horsebit 1955 Tote Bag, $1690 (approximately P81,677.70), GUCCI, gucci.com
For those who love a good vintage bag:
If you’re obsessed with Gucci’s eternally vintage aesthetic, then you have to consider the Horsebit 1955 Tote Bag, a larger sibling of the brand’s smaller namesake crossbody bags. Crafted with the iconic GG canvas, this designer tote bag features a rounded shape and brown leather trim that exudes a quiet elegance. The interior is lined with cotton-linen and a zip compartment. The open top seals with a magnetic snap closure so you won’t have to worry about baring your belongings. With that iconic snaffle bit in the middle, it’s hard not to love this fabulous piece!
4. Chanel Shopping Bag
Shopping Bag, $4100 (approximately P198,153), CHANEL, chanel.com
For those who love chain bags:
Fashionistas mourned the discontinued Grand Shopping Tote (GST) but it’s a good thing they still have many similar styles, like this Chanel Shopping Bag in patent calfskin. Aside from those Double Cs that brandish the front of the tote bag, there’s so much to love about this piece. It’s got a double magnetic closure on top so your belongings are secure, and the base of the bag features the brand’s iconic quilted design. What’s more is that straps are a combo of leather and leather-woven chains in both silver-tone and ruthenium-finish metal. Perfect for those who love good old glamour!
5. Bottega Veneta Arco Tote
Arco Tote, price unavailable, BOTTEGA VENETA, bottegaveneta.com
For those who want a discreet yet terribly chic tote bag:
If monogrammed canvas and logomania aren’t up your alley, then look no further than this tote bag from Bottega Veneta. The Arco Tote is a third-generation Cabat, a.k.a. the brand’s most iconic handbag. It was inspired by the Maxi Cabat, which featured the large signature intrecciato weave. This time, the Arco has an even larger intrecciato that creates a lovely, soft shape. It has a simple string closure in the middle and a small pouch inside. Just like its predecessors, the Arco is a fine example of BV’s leather heritage and craftsmanship.
6. Valentino Vlogo Walk Calfskin Tote Bag
Vlogo Walk Calfskin Tote Bag, $2275 (approximately P109,950.75), VALENTINO, valentino.com
For those who want a minimalist tote bag:
If you’re stumped on envisioning your ideal designer tote bag, it’s always best to go for something simple and sleek, like this one from Valentino. Featuring the brand’s fresh VLOGO emblem stitched on the front of the bag, the shiny leather and sharp lines evoke a powerful minimalism that’s hard to resist—especially if you get the one in black. Don’t be fooled by this seemingly simple design though. It’s equipped with handy features like a full zip closure, contrast suede lining in Valentino red, and a long detachable strap.
7. Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Tote Bag
Rive Gauche Tote Bag in Linen and Leather, $1250 (approximately P60,412.50), SAINT LAURENT, ysl.com
For those who want a casual-looking piece:
If you’re looking for a designer tote bag that’s more on the "chill" side, then choose something in sturdy linen, like this classic piece from Saint Laurent. Brandished with the words “Rive Gauche,” referring to the house’s 1970 fragrance, the bag is the epitome of a great shopping tote: no-frills, roomy, and hangs comfortably on the shoulder. What’s great about the long double handles is that you can sling it on your arm or on your shoulder.
8. Dior Book Tote
Book Tote, $2900 (approximately P140,157), DIOR, dior.com
For those who want a classy option that's not in leather:
You definitely have to consider Dior’s iconic Book Tote created by Maria Grazia Chiuri. This one also has the basic structure of a shopping tote, but it’s elevated with the fine, woven fabric featuring everything from the brand’s Oblique motif to the chinoiserie-inspired prints. It also comes in a bevy of fresh colors like red, gray, and pink that will surely add a touch of feminine charm to your outfits. Plus, given it’s woven material, it can easily transition you from brunch, the office, to a fancy dinner without looking too bulky or industrious.