Gucci Turnaround Tote

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Gucci Marmont Wallet ClutchGucci Marmont Clutch BagThe simplistic ‘Wallet on Chain’ bag trend is an essential that should be in everyones bag-drobe. There are days when a handheld purse like a wallet or clutch just wont cut it, and a chain strap is absolutely necessary. I’ve noticed this especially so during the autumn months. Here in Emerald City, during this time of the year, the umbrella goes with you everywhere. So if you’re carrying coffee or a shopping bag it makes it nearly impossible to have a hand free. Which is why I love the Gucci Marmont WOC Wallet on Chain. It’s the perfect bag for whatever occasion may be!
The Marmont Clutch is accessorized with the antique gold signature GG Guccio Gucci hardware and a long chain strap. I love the fact that this chain is removable! Or you can simply leave it attached to the bag and wrap around your wrist and carry like a wristlet clutch. The interior opens up to an according style triple compartment with ample card slot. Who has 16 cards?! Size-wise the Marmont Bag is perfect for the on-the-go essentials – lipstick, cellphone, and keys. Measures in at 5” x 8″ x 2.5”. However the depth is about half the size compared to this Gucci Soho Wallet on Chain, and it does not fit my iPhone 6 Plus comfortably. Kinda wish I considered this Gucci Marmont Clutch on Wallet before getting the Prada WOC Bag.
Recently launched in Singapore, it is exactly what the name implies, a tote that can be ‘turned around’, or in professional speak, reversed.
Made almost entirely of leather (there’s the GG monogram on one side and a polished, slightly grained surface on the other in either Red or White), it is also extremely structured which keeps it always looking smart, super lightweight which is always a bonus and depending on which size you pick, you can either carry it handheld or over the shoulder.
The only downside? There isn’t a zip on the top, which could be an issue for those iffy about keeping their personals secure when they are out and about. The easy solution? Get a bag organiser to keep everything safe or do what I do and use a smaller drawstring dust bag as my bag-within-the-bag.

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Carry It ALL: The Best Designer Tote Bags

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Versatility and Functionality

Before diving into specifics, let’s think about totes on a broader level. Totes can be life savers. You may be the type that loves haphazardly throwing their things into a cavernous, mighty bag. Or, you may appreciate how totes help you stay organized and put together in the busy world. No matter what the case is, you can easily find a particular tote that will accommodate your needs and complement your style. Here are a few checkmarks and questions to keep in mind when shopping for a tote…

  1. Where and when will I be carrying this bag? Do I need to consider a more durable and damage resistant material like canvas?
  2. Am I worried about the security of my belongings? Am I better off with a zipper closure or open top?
  3. How separated and organized do I want my items to to remain within my bag? Do I want it to have interior divisions?
  4. Do I want exterior adornments or features? (such as decorative and/or functional pockets and zippers)
  5. How much can this tote fit? Will the shape change when packed to capacity? How easily can I carry the tote on my shoulder, in the crook of my arm, or by hand once it is filled with my items?

Although the list could go on forever, totes can serve many helpful purposes…

  • Work bag
  • School bag
  • Diaper bag
  • Beach bag
  • Errand bag
  • Carry-on bag
  • Nesting bag for secure travel (PurseBop demonstrates this use of a tote in her How to Pack a Birkin guide)
  • Everyday Bag




Goyard Saint Louis Tote

PurseBop recently proclaimed the Saint Louis may just be the tote of all totes. It is Goyard’s most iconic bag, and it has rightly earned its ranks as a crowd favorite because of its simplicity and lightness. It has almost no structure, so it can expand to fit bigger items and be stored compactly in another bag if needed. It is waterproof and can transition to any situation.

Material: Canvas (mixture of hemp, cotton, and linen)

Sizes (length x height x width) :

  • GM (19 x 11 x 6 inches) – Classic Colors – $1,375/Special Colors: $1,795
  • PM (12 x 13 x 7 inches) – Classic Colors – $1,200/Special Colors – $1,560


  • Detachable Pochette
  • Can be customized with initials and patterns

Popular Colors:

  • Classic Colors: Black/Black, Black/Tan
  • Special Colors: White, Grey, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Light Blue, Navy, Burgundy

Read more on the Goyard Saint Louis in the Grab & Go: The Goyard Reference Guide
Read about GM versus PM sizes in The Goyard Saint Louis: The Tote of All Totes feature

Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton Neverfull

The Louis Vuitton Neverfull was first introduced in 2007, but quickly joined the family of LV staples and has been tremendously successful since then. The Neverfull’s aim is to live up to its name. It is meant to be spacious without being bulky, and still maintains a little bit of structure especially when cinched. Many fashionistas suffer from the Goyard Saint Louis versus Louis Vuitton Neverfull dilemma. While both bags essentially can serve the same purposes, the Neverfull is a little more handbag-esque and not as casual looking as the Saint Louis. Unlike the structureless Goyard, you can adjust the Neverfull to tighter shape. If you enjoy a slightly more formal look, this bag will serve you well. A word of caution though, continually cinching the bag on the sides may create wear in that region.

Material: Coated Canvas and Natural Cowhide Leather Trim

Sizes (length x height x width):

  • GM (15.7 x 13.0 x 7.9 inches) – $1,340
  • MM (12.6 x 11.4 x 6.7 inches) – $1,260
  • PM (11.4 x 8.7 x 5.1 inches) – $1,180


  • Inside Pocket
  • Removable Zippered Clutch
  • Side Laces to cinch the bag for a sleeker, slim structure
  • Can be customized with initials and patterns

Popular Colors: Damier Ebène, Damier Azur, and Monogram



Longchamp Le Pliage

The Le Pliage bag is Longchamp’s icon. It is inspired by Japanese Origami and is truly inventive because it can fold down to the size of the notebook when not in use. The LePilage is lightweight, yet still durable enough to hold your items without strain on the bag. The LePliage line is extensive and comes in many different sizes, shapes, and colors. The nylon LePilage collection is pretty accessibly priced with bigger pieces retailing for even below $200.

Material: Nylon Canavs, Leather versions available

Sizes (length x height x width):

  • Small Handbag (short handles) 8.25  x 8.25  x 5.5 inches – $95 via Bloomingdales
  • Medium Handbag (short handles) 11.75  x 11 x 7.75  inches – $115 via Bloomingdales
  • Small Tote (long handles) 9.75  x 9.75  x 5.5 inches – $125 via Bloomingdales
  • Large Tote (long handles) 12.25  x 11.75  x 7.5  inches – $145 via Bloomingdales
  • Large Travel Bag (short handles) 17.75  x 13.75  x 9 inches – $135 via Bloomingdales
  • Extra Large Travel Bag (short handles) 21.75  x 15.75  x 9 inches – $160


  • The entire bag is extremely lightweight and flexible. It can be folded down into a compact shape.
  • Can be customized with initials and preferred color scheme

Popular Colors: Beige, Black, Navy, Red, Purple

See PurseBop’s travel Longchamp Le Pliage in action in the How to Pack a Birkin feature

Chic Choices

Totes like the Saint Louis, the Neverfull, and the Le Pliage are popular because of their simplistic designs and abilities to serve as bigger, more functional bags. If you are looking for a tote more akin to a handbag, check out these picks from other designers below.



Valentino Rockstud Tote Bag

Material: Leather

Sizes (length x height x width):

  • Micro (7 x 8 x 4.5 inches) – $1,875 via Neiman Marcus
  • Mini (6.5 x 14 x 4 inches) – $2,095 via Neiman Marcus
  • Small (8.5 x 15 x 5.8 inches)- $2,245 via Neiman Marcus
  • Medium (11 x 15 x 7 inches) – $2,445 via Neiman Marcus
  • Large (11.8 x 24.8  x 7.1 inches) – $3,795 via Neiman Marcus


  • Removable Shoulder Strap
  • Flip Lock Closure (with the exception of the large size)

Popular Colors: Black, Red, Beige


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Chanel Cerf Tote Bag

Material: Calfskin

Sizes (length x height x width):

  • Original (8.9 x 14.5 x 7 inches) – $3,400


  • Shoulder Strap
  • Front Pocket Compartment
  • Lock Closure

Popular Colors: Black, Beige

The Chanel Shopping Tote (varies across collections) but is another Chanel staple. Peek at the recent styles below.


Chanel Large Shopping Bag – $4,600 (Cruise 2015/2016)

Chanel Large Shopping Bag – $4,100 (Summer/Spring Pre-Collection 2016)



Gucci Swing Tote

Material: Leather

Sizes (length x height x width):

  • Mini (7.9 x 8.4 x 4.3 inches) – $940 via Neiman Marcus
  • Small (10.6  x 9.5 x 6.3 inches) – $1,110 via Neiman Marcus
  • Medium (13.5 x 12 x 7 inches) – $1,350 via Saks Fifth Avenue


  • Magnetic Closure
  • Zip Pockets
  • Smart Phone Pockets
  • Pocket big enough for an iPad
  • Removable ID tag

Popular Colors: Black, Red, Pink, Navy

Saint Laurent


Saint Laurent Shopping Tote

Material: Leather

Sizes(length x height x width):

  • Large (11 x 14.5 x 5 inches) – $995 via Bergdorf Goodman


  • Hanging YSL logo tag
  • Leashed Zipper Pouch

Popular Colors: Tan, Silver



Givenchy Antigona Tote

Material:  Leather


  • Large (12.5 x 16 x 8 inches) – $1,995 via Barneys


  • Removable Zip Pouch

Popular Colors: Black

Tory Burch

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Tory Burch Ella Tote

Material: Nylon with Synthetic Trim

Sizes (length x height x width): 

  • Original (17″W x 13″H x 5″D) – $195 via Nordstorm


  • Magnetic Closure
  • Exterior Snaps
  • Interior Zipper
  • Cell Phone Pockets

Popular Colors: Black, Blue, Red, Color

Tory Burch Robinson Tote

Material: Leather

Sizes (length x height x width): 

  • Mini (7.5  x 11  x 5 inches) – $450 via Neiman Marcus
  • Small (10.75  x 8 x 3.5 inches) – $495 via Nordstorm
  • Large (13.5  x 10  x 5.25 inches) – $595 via Nordstorm


  • Top Zip Closure
  • Adjustable Crossbody Strap
  • Interior Zipper
  • Wall Pockets

Popular Colors: Black, Beige, White, Tan, Pale Pink


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What’s your favorite designer tote?

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Summer is Calling: Sophie Hulme Citrus Fruit Tote

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Summer is Calling: Sophie Hulme Citrus Fruit Tote

The hype over Sun friendly attire has been mocking us since last years winter season, but now that we’ve made a break through into the spring season, warm weather accessories become a realistic manner. One of my favorite quirky styles for handbags has always been the fruit purse trend; they’re cute, fun, full of color contrast and attract many compliments.

Although I’ve always been delighted by an appropriately designed fruit-inspired handbag, today I’ve spotted a classic twist to the trendy style. Sophie Hulme knows how to design accessories with warm golden tones and unexpected features; on this specific Embellished Square tote, you will find an array of sliced citrus.

To begin with, the bed of fruit slices lays over a smooth and sturdy boxy tote, that’s easily carried via rolled leather handles or a comfortable body strap. Her signature gold plated hardware compliments the rich Tan color of this tote and a golden banana charm seals this spring collection. Asides the shimmery gold tones, it’s the elaborate arrangements of crystal stones over the citrus slices that will turn heads towards this tote.

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Prada Saffiano Tote With Trim

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Prada re-designed their Saffiano Leather Tote as a Christmas Gift Guide to help you decide the perfect present for your loved ones. What is a better gift than a handbag that everyone loves and craves for?

This is a limited edition and the only saffiano tote that is made with contrasting trim on the edges. Its minimalistic design is ideal as an everyday bag and can marry anything you’ve in your wardrobe. The trim on the edges adds a flavor to its chicness.

Made with double leather handles, it also comes with a detachable or adjustable leather shoulder strap to carry cross body. It’s refined with steel hardware for the best look. With metal lettering logo on the leather triangle, snap closure on sides. The interior is large enough to store more than your essentials – three inside pockets including one with zipper closure.

Measuring 28 x 19.5 x 12 (L x H x W) cm..




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Ladies Chanel CC Delivery Tote Bag

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Every season or so, Chanel put together a handbag that’s named ‘CC‘. And usually, everything with a CC in its name is either gorgeously chic or outrageous attractive.

Oh, you don’t belief me. Have you met the Chanel Gold Class Double CC Bag yet? The one with the golden CC logo on the front and of course quilted?

READ: Chanel Gold Class Double CC Bag

And even the CC shoes are so drop-dead-gorgeous that they were sold-out on the day that they were released in store.

READ: Chanel CC Espadrilles

All right, enough convincing, for the Fall Winter 2014 Collection, introducing the Chanel CC Delivery Quilted Tote Bag. A large Tote bag version of the Classic Flap Bag, quilted from the front to the bottom and embellished with the traditional CC logo on the front.

It’s a tote bag with a front flap, how catchy! Though Karl Lagerfeld designed the bag with rigid handles, kind-of like the ones that comes with a free shopping bag, it also crafted with interwoven chain links in the center. And for your information, the chain links are long enough to carry on your shoulder, isn’t it beautiful?

Made from calfskin, finally an alternative to the Chanel Classic Maxi Flap Bag. The CC Delivery Quilted Tote Bag has more space than you will ever need.

The Chanel CC Delivery Tote Bag is a seasonal piece, here are the details:

Chanel CC Delivery Small Tote Bag
Style code: A92577
Size: 9.1′ x 12.2′ 3.5′ inches

Chanel CC Delivery Large Tote Bag
Style code: A92580
Size: 10.2′ x 15′ x 4.3′ inches


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This bag is not an unexceptional – beautiful but not uncommon. We’ve spotted some similar type in other designer brands; do you remember the Gucci XL Tote Bag?

The Prada Intarsia Handle Tote Bag – the fashion house created two kinds of handles – one double leather handle to carry on your shoulder or hands. And an intarsia handle in the center, refined with steel hardware. I find the second option a bit uncomfortable.

Besides one large compartment in the interior, it also comes with a clutch bag with zipper closure. The clutch can be removed and used separately, so its quite flexible and I love it.

However, I missing something. It would be better if they add a shoulder strap instead of the double leather handles. I like this option, do you?

Crafted from soft calf leather, measuring 34 x 28.5 x 15 cm, priced at €1400 euro via Prada boutique.






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